Add a small side salad of baby spinach or arugula for an extra serving of vegetables, rich in folate and antioxidants. Although this meal is high in fat, it is a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.


Credit: Rita Maas

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Serves 8 (serving size: 4 ounces lamb, 1/2 cup vegetables, 2 tablespoons sauce, and 1 tablespoon gremolata)


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  • Preheat the oven to 450°. To prepare the lamb, combine the first 8 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl; add 4 tablespoons of the oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Toss well to combine. Place the vegetable mixture in the center of a large, deep roasting pan. Rub the remaining 2 tablespoons oil over the lamb, and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper.

  • Place the lamb on top of the vegetable mixture. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest portion of the lamb. Bake at 450° for 50 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350° (do not remove the lamb from the oven). Bake 20 minutes more, or until the thermometer registers 150° (for medium-rare). Roast to desired degree of doneness, stirring the vegetables every 15 minutes. Place the roast on a heated platter, and cover with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving.

  • Drain the vegetables through a fine sieve into a bowl (reserve the liquid for sauce). Place the vegetables in a bowl, and stir in the parsley and vinegar.

  • To prepare the gremolata, combine the ingredients in a small bowl, and toss to combine. Serve a small spoonful with the lamb.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; fat 22g; saturated fat 7g; mono fat 11g; poly fat 2g; protein 19g; carbohydrates 14g; fiber 4g; cholesterol 62mg; iron 3mg; sodium 295mg; calcium 48mg.