Loin Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto

Recipe posted in: Lunch/Dinner
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Lamb chops get a slightly sweet spin thanks to the addition of a delicious mint pesto sauce in this tasty lunch or dinner recipe you’re sure to love.

Because loin lamb chops are lean and tiny, you’ll want two for each serving. Serve them with steamed broccoli, Brussels sprouts or steamed spinach for a well-rounded meal that’s both tasty and healthy.

Healthy hint: The lamb chops are broiled to save time, but you could pan-sear them in batches if you prefer.

Phase: Phase 1, Phase 2, Phase 3

Servings: Makes 4 servings (2 chops each)

Nutrition Information

  • 0.5 Healthy Fat
  • 2 Lean Protein

Ingredients:

  • MINT PESTO
  • 2/3 cup packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1/4 cup packed fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts or chopped walnuts
  • 1 garlic clove, smashed and peeled
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • LAMB CHOPS
  • 8 loin lamb chops (each about 1 inch thick), well trimmed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Heat the broiler.
  2. For the pesto: In a blender or food processor, process the mint, parsley, nuts, garlic, lemon zest, and lemon juice until finely chopped. With the machine running, drizzle in the oil and process until almost smooth.
  3. For the lamb: Place the chops on a broiler pan. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Broil the chops for 3 minutes per side for medium-rare.
  4. Transfer 2 chops to each of 4 plates and top evenly with the pesto.