It was a hysterical, pathetic sight. After about 10 minutes, I had to call my husband in to help me. Our arms were shaking so badly that it took us nearly another 30 minutes to shred it all the way. It probably didn't help that we were laughing so hard at ourselves that we could barely breathe. I kick myself for not taking video... I totally could have put it to Outkast's song "Hey Ya" and had a major hit on YouTube.... "Shake it, sh-shake it, shake it, sh-shake it, shake it like a polaroid picture!" But, any-hoo, lesson learned.
Back to the real business: If you are looking for a fancy dinner dish to woo your date for Valentine's Day, look no further. This lamb with mint pistachio cream sauce has a delicious mix of flavors that will make it taste like you slaved away all day in the kitchen, but actually is ready in about 20 minutes. That means you will have plenty of time to run out and buy those last minute gifts you totally forgot about! ;)
(2 servings, 5 min prep, 15 min cook)
Ingredients: 2 lamb sirloin steaks, 1 tablespoon ghee (or butter), 1/2 cup full fat coconut cream, 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves, and 2 tablespoons pistachios (shells removed).
- Place 2 lamb sirloin steaks over medium low heat with 1 tablespoon of ghee. Cook each side for approximately 3-5 minutes, or until fully cooked.
- While the lamb is cooking, remove the thicker top layer from a can of full fat coconut cream (about ½ cup) and place it in a food processor with 2 tablespoons of fresh mint leaves and 2 tablespoons of pistachios.
- Plate the lamb with a dollop of the mint pistachio sauce and garnish with additional pistachio and fresh mint leaves.
Mint helps to break down of crude fibers and fats in the meat, allowing for easier digestion of the lamb. The ease of digestion makes for more absorption of the nutrients, allowing your body to get the most benefit. Additionally, mint is known to soothe lining and aid in dispelling of gas in the intestinal tract. Because of this, it is a very beneficial herb for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), a condition that is estimated to affect nearly one in four people, as well as those with Dyspepsia. However, for individuals with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), or heartburn, mint ingestion should be limited as it may exacerbate the problem, so you can alter the recipe to remove the mint and replace it with basil.