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How to Make a Healthy Lamb Kofta Recipe with 15 Min of Prep!

This lamb kofta recipe is not only easy to prepare, but it is a sneaky way to integrate vegetables into a meat-based dish for some extra nutrition!

This lamb kofta recipe is not only easy to prepare, but it is a sneaky way to integrate vegetables into a meat-based dish for some extra nutrition!

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What is Kofta?

You’re already familiar with my affinity for the Mediterranean diet, so you shouldn’t be surprised that I’m sharing another Mediterranean-style recipe!

Kofta is a Middle-Eastern dish that combines red meat (usually beef or lamb) with vegetables and lots of spices! The ingredients are combined, formed into balls, and then baked. The result is a complex, rich-tasting meal that requires just simple preparation.

The Health Benefits of Lamb

When you think of red meat, beef probably comes to mind most often. However, lamb is a nutrient-dense red meat that you can integrate into your diet in a delicious way. Some of the important micronutrients in lamb are:

  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Vitamins B6 and B12
  • Selenium
  • Potassium

Just like other red meats, you could consider integrating lamb into your eating plan about 1-3 servings per week (less if you have high cholesterol).

This lamb kofta recipe is meat-based, but it also sneaks in several types of vegetables to help increase the portion size you’re able to eat!

15-Minute Prep: Lamb Kofta Recipe

This recipe is inspired by Once Upon a Chef’s version, but I have made it a bit lighter, increased the amount of vegetables included in the mix, and reduced some of the prep work!

Step One: Grab Your Food Processor! (10 min)

Start by adding 1/4 cup raw pine nuts + 1/4 cup raw almonds + 1/4 cup raw walnutsto a food processor (my favorite budget-friendly food processor is by Hamilton Beach). Pulse until the texture is coarse then remove the nuts from the food processor.

Next, add 1 medium onion + 6 cloves of garlic + 2 red bell peppers + 1 jalepeno pepper (or 2 if you like it spicy!) + 1/2 cup of fresh cilantro or parsley. Pulse again until the veggies are chopped into little pieces.

Remove the chopped veggies from thefood processor and put them into a fine strainer. Use a spatula to press the water out of them until they are VERY dry.

Step Two: Combine! (5 min)

In the largest bowl you have available, combine the chopped nuts + chopped vegetables from step one. Then add in your 2 pounds of ground lamb.

Next, add your delicious spices to the bowl: 1 tsp ground cumin, 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ground cardamom, 1/2 tsp ground cloves.

Mix in the large bowl using your hands until the ingredients are well combined.

Form the mixture into 1-inch balls. You should be able to get about 24-30 kofta balls out of the recipe.

Step Three: Cook and Serve!

Depending on the cooking options you have available, you can either bake the kofta balls or grill them. I would recommend grilling them if possible, but they will turn out wonderfully either way.

If you grill, cook the kofta balls on medium-high heat for about 4 minutes on each side.

If you oven-bake, cook the kofta balls at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

Either way, please check to see that they are cooked all the way through before serving!

For serving, the perfect companion to lamb kofta balls is the homemade hummus I shared last week! Another amazing topping is Tzaziki sauce, which is a Greek yogurt- and cucumber-based sauce. You can find it at almost any grocery store or order the spice pack online to make it yourself! It’s on my list to prepare a homemade version and share it with you as well.

As side dishes, we enjoyed this with some grilled zucchini for dinner. For leftovers, we added the lamb kofta and hummus to whole wheat pita bread for a delicious wrap- yum!

The nutrition facts for 4, one-inch lamb kofta balls are: 289 calories, 20.3g fat, 1.7g carbohydrates, and 26.9g protein.

Where to Find the Best Quality Lamb

One of the most important things to prioritize when you’re developing your healthy lifestyle is to use the highest-quality ingredients you can access.

Meat is an ingredient that can vary SIGNIFICANTLY in quality, depending on where you buy it from. For example, a lot of meat from conventional grocery stores is packed with antibiotics and hormones that are then absorbed by your body. The animals are fed a low-quality diet, which reduces the nutritional benefit you get from eating them.

In contrast, buying meat that is sustainably sourced from local farms where the animals are pasture-raised and grass-fed has many benefits. The animals are fed a higher quality diet, which makes their protein more micronutrient-dense. The highest quality meats are from sources that can guarantee there were NO hormones or antibiotics used.

One of my top recommendations for purchasing the highest quality meats is Crowd Cow. All of their meat is grass-fed and pasture-raised. There are absolutely NO hormones or antibiotics used, so you will never be questioning what you’re eating. I can’t recommend them strongly enough!

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Dr. Schulte’s Summary

Lamb kofta is a delicious way to incorporate vegetables into your meat-based dish and experiment with spices you may be less familiar with. This versatile entree can be topped with homemade hummus or tzatziki and paired with vegetables for a nutritious, low-carb, and calorie-controlled dinner. Or, you can spread somehomemade hummus on a whole-wheat pita for a lunch wrap! Remember, the quality of your ingredients can make a major difference in the nutrition benefits you get from eating them! Check out the above offer form Crowd Cow for the highest quality meat you’ll find anywhere and get $100 off your orders.

Have you ever tried lamb kofta at a restaurant or made it at home? What did you think?

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4 replies on “How to Make a Healthy Lamb Kofta Recipe with 15 Min of Prep!”

Oh my…this looks delicious and I can’t wait to try it with some Tzaziki sauce.  I became acquainted with lamb when I was in China but it never occurred to me to cook it at home.  As it happens, there is a farm right down the street from me that sells lamb so I’d headed over there later today.  Thank you for posting!!!

Thanks so much for sharing a great recipe to make at home, it sounds like Lamb Kofta Recipe will be a winner and the option to make this recipe whether with lamb or other type of meat sounds even better, and the recipe with all those spices! I’m sure it will taste delicious, as I’m always looking for a new recipe to make, I’m sure my family will love it. 

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