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A rich, succulent cut of lamb with an earthy spice rub and rice maintain a good nutrition profile. The spices add flavor to the lamb with no additional fat and negligible sodium, while the prudent three-ounce serving size of meat keeps fat in check. Serving this entrée with a spiced rice rounds out the meal. One serving of this dish offers about one-fourth of your daily saturated fat allotment. Plate with steamed haricots verts.

Jaime Harder, MA, RD
Recipe by Cooking Light April 2008

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Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

Recipe Summary

Yield:
4 servings (serving size: 2 lamb chops and 3/4 cup rice)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion and garlic to pan; cook 5 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Add rice and next 3 ingredients (through bay leaf); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Keep warm.

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  • Prepare grill.

  • Combine salt and next 6 ingredients (through pepper). Brush lamb with oil, and rub with salt mixture. Place lamb on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 10 minutes, turning once or until a thermometer registers 145° (medium-rare) to 160° (medium). Let stand 5 minutes before slicing into chops. Serve lamb with rice.

  • Wine note: Lamb—even spicy lamb like this—is one of the most flexible meats when it comes to wine. It goes with just about every major red varietal. That said, when spice plays a key role, as it does here, I love to choose a thick, rich, spicy red that will both mirror the spiciness of the dish and act as a soft, thick backdrop. An Australian shiraz is perfect. And since this is a special, fairly expensive cut of meat, I've chosen a wine worthy of it: Penfolds St. Henri 2003 from South Australia, $ —Karen MacNeil

Nutrition Facts

294 calories; calories from fat 35%; fat 11.3g; saturated fat 4.5g; mono fat 4.7g; poly fat 0.5g; protein 24.1g; carbohydrates 22.6g; fiber 1.9g; cholesterol 68mg; iron 2.4mg; sodium 618mg; calcium 40mg.
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