I have been wanting to include a few more recipes that you can use with the leftovers of a large weekend roast or cook up. It is so important not to chuck out food you have cooked previously, but to learn to reinvigorate it with new and exciting flavours. I have loved doing this so much that I will regularly include a recipe called “love your leftovers”.
This one in particular was from my leftover slow cooked sticky lamb (you have to try the recipe here (see pic below)). The fiancé is currently away ripping the slopes and off piste powder in Japan ( I couldn’t be more jealous!), I had a silly amount of lamb left over from the weekend.
By a large flavourful experiment I managed to recreate an awesome dish which reinvigorated the lamb with a whole taste of new flavours and textures. A combination of sautéed onion, garlic tossed in smashed cardamon pods, sticks of cinnamon, turmeric, add in shredded lamb, brown rice all boiled down (risotto style) with extra sea salt and gravy, finished with freshly chopped spring onions and vine ripe tomatoes and a scattering of fresh parsley. Perfect for any night of the week. Very excited to share this recipe with you. Hope you like it.
nb: the best thing about this recipe is that you don’t have to stop at lamb, you could do this recipe with leftover beef, lamb or chicken, even try eggplant. Just love your leftovers x
Its great for you too…
Organic Lamb is great source of good quality protein with all of the essential amino acids which will nourish, replenish and repair tissue, skin and muscles. Organic entails that the beef has none of the added hormones, antibiotics and so on, which have been known to disrupt our own hormones.
Brown rice is a great source of B-vitamins which is essential for overall wellbeing. I am just learning all about the b-vitamins and they are crucial for energy production and to keep us feeling energised. It will also help support your nervous system, so this is brain to body function.
Red onion and spring onions are a great source of sulphur as well as similar properties to garlic, it is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, it can help increase our immune function. They are also good for your blood and circulatory system. A nurturing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory on the body, their antioxidant (quercatin) helps mop up the oxidation of fatty acids.
Garlic (especially raw) is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral, it can help increase our immune function. It also contains selenium which is a trace mineral, this is great for healthy liver function (can act as detoxifier).
Tomatoes have a high levels of lycopene which is a carotenoid, this is a powerful antioxidant in tomatoes and is responsible for their red colour. lycopene is a wonder chemical which when absorbed into the body, helps to prevent and also repair damaged cells by inactivating free radicals in the body. The jelly like substance around the seeds in tomatoes contains salicyates, which have an anti-clotting effect on the blood. According to this wonderful book, it has thus been credited for reducing wrinkles. This could be due to the high levels of vitamin C a tomato contains.
Turmeric’s active ingredient curcumin (activated by a pinch of pepper (cayenne pepper)) has a list of benefits from anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and a blood purifier. It helps us digest food by aiding the pancreas to release pancreatic lipase (digestive enzyme).
Parsley (as mentioned in this delicious recipe) is a great herb full to the rafters of Vitamin C so will help with your immunity., According to this great little book, it is also renowned for helping with digestion (calling all bloated tummies, have some of this with your next meal). Rich in vitamins A and B, iodine and also high in iron. It also helps with people who suffer from bad breath.