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Monday, 25 March 2013

Lamb & minted pea mousse

LAMB RUMP with a minted pea mousse.
This cut of meat gives you a lot more for your money. However, the lamb rump is not as sweet and tender as a lamb chop. We used around 180g of meat per person (of which there was 60g in the later discarded fat layer).
So where were the hidden calories? Despite having become quite adept at rough counting calories, we were served up with a little reminder on how 'calories' can hide in our food. If you take a look at some of the 'innocent' looking foods in your cupboard you might just be surprised too.
Having purchased a pouch of lamb stock some time ago, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to use it - for the sauce.
I never thought to look at the calories on the pack, believing stock wouldn't contain enough calories to take into account. Shock - horror! Unlike some other stocks you can buy, this 500ml pouch contained 290 calories!
We estimated this dish at around 750 calories in the end.
Awareness is the key - these hidden calories can make all the difference to your weight loss (or gain). It only takes an extra 100 calories per day above your recommended calorie allowance to add 10 lbs in weight per year.
Roughly chop a shallot and clove of garlic, add to the lamb stock with a glass of red wine and reduce down to a consistency you prefer. If you have a sprig of rosemary/thyme you could throw that in too. Strain out the garlic and shallot and herbs before serving. You could add a drop of port if you have any to sweeten it a little.
This is basically peas and chopped mint with the addition of whipped double cream and a setting agent (often gelatine). We used this recipe adjusting the portions to serve two.
EAT the food you love - like we do and forget dieting. You'll feel more satisfied and it may just stop you snacking or craving something you feel you deserve.
REMEMBER: We all have a calorie allowance - why not find out what yours is? We like to post our main meals to show you what CAN be eaten.
You won’t find us posting every last morsel though – but we hope this gives you an idea of how far calories can go!
Read about our UNIQUE METHOD of weight loss and find out how we have lost weight eating the food we love.
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