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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

When In Doubt Eat Lamb; 3 Ingredient Succulent BBQ Lamb Chops Recipe

Tonight I had the most awesome dinner! Omg it was like an orgasm but in your mouth! Whether it was the food and wine combo or just the lamb I won't ever know. If I was on death row and had to choose my last meal, this meal would've been chosen.

Lately article after article keeps coming out, scientifically speaking against the saturated fat myth that saturated fat is bad for you. Eating meat does raise your carbon footprint, so it's still ruining the planet. However just as red meat is no longer being considered the devil, chicken is being flagged recently for the industry's breeding processes. With overcrowded factory farms, chickens are flocked together in unsanitary conditions, ranging from feces to the remains of chicks/birds who died from diseases. Eating lamb has a higher carbon footprint than eating chicken, but due to all these recent accounts, it looks like it's healthier and more humane to go with lamb. 


Michelle's 3 Ingredient Succulent BBQ Lamb Chops Recipe 

-For 6 chops washed and drained well. It's 4 Ingredients if you count the lamb, but 3 sounds better =) 

Ingredients:


  • 1/3 of the Lawry's Signature Steakhouse Marinade bottle
  • 1-1.5 tablespoons Grill Mates Mesquite mixed into:
  • Approx 1-1.5 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Steps:

1. Pour 1/3 of the bottle of marinade in lamb, make sure the chops are thoroughly saturated. Place in refrigerator overnight, or at least an hr covered. 
2. Place on the grill and let it cook evenly on both sides. Cook time depends on your BBQ grill temperatures. My husband usually grills it and said it's usually at around 400-450 degrees for 35 mins. Turn the chops over on each side every 3-4 mins to prevent it from browning and keep the grill closed to prevent it from drying and hardening. 
3. At the end during the last 5 minutes brush lamb on both sides generously with the sauce. 

I Highly Recommend  drinking the Malbec Red Wine with this Recipe!!!
Barefoot is my favorite brand.
This meal is always so good with my fave choice of greens: Arugula! Served with anything from yellow rice and beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and/or even sweet peas straight from the can, buy Organic of course. My husband's favorite pairing was the peas and mashed potatoes.  

I'm like the Ratatouille of food connoiseurs because I love the way things are paired. I can easily obsess over a meal like this; taking careful bites of meat, greens and potatoes and a sip of wine. I usually seek out a good Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon to go with a tomato based pasta or meat. I pretty much read the back and mix and match wines with foods, I absolutely hate having the same wine with everything. Right now everybody and their granny are riding Moscato so hard, (and those are most likely the same people who could eat a chicken stew and a turkey stew and not know which meat is which...[insert eye-rolling emoji here], but personally I'd prefer to have Moscato with seafood and pastas. It's like the perfect combination. 

A couple of things worth mentioning is: No I'm not a hypocrite, these ingredients aren't exactly health friendly or organic. There's corn syrup in one of em, and preservatives in another, sugar, etc. I always said I try my best to eat organic (remember the dirty dozen?) but will not go crazy if I can't do 100%. The best part of this meal is that the arugula is organic and the lamb is grass fed from Publix. A war was going on in my house, because my man likes to eat, and while the war on GMOs and chemicals hasn't' ended on my behalf, I do let things slide by like an 80/20 rule for the sake of a satisfied husband who's sick of the strict grocery guidelines and contingencies...Will I ever stop voting with my dollars? Highly unlikely, but like I said this is our special meal we share, and not an everyday thing, you gotta live that YOLO mentality sometimes.

We all can't be saints right?

Enjoy!!! Hasta maƱana <3