Well, guys, the January Whole30 is coming to a close and I am excited for you! I am doing a Whole45 so I will see you on the other side so to speak. After I do a reset, I still do eat Whole30 meals as part of my food freedom. So, today, I am going to share the perfect valentines day dinner with you. Herb Lamb Chops with a Cauliflower and Carrot Mash. It’s easy, and healthy but so packed with flavor, your date will very believe it’s a Whole30 meal.
Valentine’s day for the past three years has become a time for me to show my friends and family how much I care about them. Having been single for the past three years, I always felt like I was being judged by all my friends and family in relationships. The looks of petty, the constant “are you seeing anyone” questions. It’s always to exhausting but also makes me feel less-than. But, instead of stuffing my face with chocolate and watching netflix, I’ve decided to use the day to pamper myself and spend time with people I care about. I mean, the day still invovles some chocolates and wine. But, I’ve stopped feeling sorry for myself. I’ve started embracing the day and taking care of myself. So for all my single ladies (I know you are singing it in your head too) and men out there, there is nothing wrong with you.
LAMB CHOPS WITH A CAULIFLOWER & CARROT MASH
KETO II WHOLE30 II PALEO
I haven’t cooked lamb in a very long time. It’s not something I eat every day, but it’s perfect for a special dinner. It’s so rich in flavor, and surprisingly easy to perpare. All you need is a simple marinade and some patience. This is the perfect meal; for your man who loves his meat and potatoes, or your lady who values real food.
Lamb chops marinated and seared to perfection
1 tbsp. avocado oil
1 tsp. herbs de Provence
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. turmeric powder
2 4-6 ounce lamb chops
1 tbsp. ghee
2 garlic cloves
ONIONS & TOMATOES:
1 purple onion (sliced)
4 ounces cherry tomatoes
2 tbsp. avocado oil
salt and pepper
CAULIFLOWER & CARROT MASH:
1 12 oz package of riced cauliflower and carrots (riced cauliflower alone works well)
1 tbsp. melted ghee
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tbsp. freshly chopped cilantro
salt and pepper
First, stir together ingredients for the marinade. Now, pat lamb chops dry with a clean paper towel, transfer to a mixing bowl and pour over the marinade. Cover and transfer to the fridge. Marinate the lamb chops for 6 hours to overnight.
To start, preheat the oven to 400˚F. Now, toss the tomatoes and onions with avocado oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and roast for 25 to 30 minutes.
When the oven timer has 20 minutes left, remove the lamb chops from the fridge and heat 1 tablespoon of ghee in a castiron pan (10-12 inches will work) until it starts to smoke. Add the lamb chops and turn the heat down to medium-high. Sear the chops for ~ 5 minutes on each side. Peel and smash the garlic cloves and add them to the pan. Transfer the pan to the oven and finish cooking for 5-7 minutes (basting with the pan juices every couple minutes). Remove the onions, tomatoes, and lamb chops from the oven and tent the chops with foil so they can rest.
Now, steam the riced cauliflower and carrots in the microwave according to the package instructions (about 5-6 minutes). Transfer the steamed cauliflower and carrots to a food processor. Add ghee, garlic powder, and cilantro to the food processor and pulse until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste and continue to pulse until well combined.
Serve with roasted onions and tomatoes and lamb chops. Finish with a drizzle of the pan juices from the lamb chops.
You can use butter in the cauliflower mash if you are not Paleo.
You can also steam a small head of cauliflower in place of the 12oz package of riced cauliflower.