The Perfect Lamb Dishes For The Holiday Season

Switch it up this year by putting lamb on your holiday menu, and make it the star of your meal! This will be a memorable dish that no one will forget. 

Having a juicy lamb main course dish on your holiday menu this year is the way to go, and we will tell you why and give you all of our secrets as to what we think are the perfect lamb dishes to serve over the holidays. 

Lamb brings out surprising flavours that you normally would not expect, like you would have with a traditional holiday dish. Go for something different in all the best ways. 

Give your taste buds something new and exciting this year with these great lamb holiday dishes:

 

Stuffed Lamb Leg

A stuffed lamb leg is a great alternative to the traditional turkey or beef roasts that we usually see for holiday meals. 

A delicious stuffed lamb leg dish is SunGold’s Holiday Rosemary, Thyme, and Sage Stuffed Lamb Leg. With SunGold’s tender lamb, stuffed with delicious pairings you will create an unforgettable main holiday dish that will have all of your guests wanting more.

Another great choice for a stuffed lamb leg dish is our Spinach Goat Cheese and Pine Nut Stuffed Lamb. These flavours and textures bring a festive element to the dish, and pair perfectly with the lamb to create an elevated holiday meal. 

 

Lamb Roast

Roast is always a classic when it comes to the holidays, and all of those extravagant family meals. Why not switch out your usual beef or turkey roast for lamb?

 

Try out our Skillet Lamb Roast with Cognac Pan Sauce. This dish is elegant and impressive, not to mention delicious with a restaurant-style sauce to top it all off. Give it a go this upcoming holiday season. 

 

Rack Of Lamb

Any slow-cooked or grilled rack of lamb dish will be a huge hit during the holidays, whether it’s an appetizer or an entree. 

One option that is one of our favourites is SunGold’s Rack of Lamb recipe, which incorporates ingredients such as garlic, dijon mustard, parsley, and breadcrumbs to produce a dramatic presentation.

If you’re looking for a lamb dish that could be a good appetizer, a good holiday choice is our Grilled Lambsicles. These are great to start out a holiday meal, giving a tender and juicy bite of flavourful lamb.

Top Health Benefits Of Lamb

It may surprise you, but lamb is one of the most nutritious forms of red meat out there. It is jam-packed full of proteins, vitamins, nutrients, and so much more. Lamb contributes to muscle maintenance, improved physical performance, and anemia protection, to name just a few. And it’s tasty! 

What else could you want?

The positives that lamb provides for your body and health are endless. So let’s take a closer look at some of the top health benefits that lamb has to offer your body and diet, and see why you should make the switch to lamb today:

  

What is Lamb, again?

 

First of all, what is lamb again? Let’s quickly remind ourselves.  

Lamb is the meat from a sheep that is under the age of 12 months old. It is a form of lean red meat, has a lower amount of fat content, is rich in protein and vitamins, and is tender and mild in flavour. Lamb has all the elements to be a great component in a healthy, balanced diet. 

  

Muscle Maintenance

 

High quality proteins are found in lamb meat, and are an important source for maintaining muscle mass. 

Creatine is found in lamb, and is an essential energy source for muscles, as it is beneficial for muscle growth and muscle maintenance. If you spend a lot of time working out at the gym, lamb may just be your best friend! 

Amino acids are an incredibly important source of protein in most meats, including lamb, which contains ALL nine amino acids that you need. That’s crazy! Eating high protein foods in your diet can help preserve and maintain your muscle mass – especially in older adults. 

FUN FACT: Cooked lamb can contain up to 26% in protein! 

 

Improved Physical Performance

 

Lamb is a red meat that is lower in fat content than other meats, and can help contribute to weight loss and maintaining that healthy weight. 

In addition, lamb also contains the amino acid beta-alanine which helps your body create a substance called carnosine. Carnosine contributes to how your muscles function and are associated with decreased fatigue and increased exercise performance. 

Introducing a regular consumption of lamb into your diet may help athletes or bodybuilders and others who want to optimize their physical performance and the functioning of their muscles. 

 

 

Anemia Protection

 

Another huge benefit of lamb? Anemia protection. Anemia is a common condition that continues to spread within individuals. Common symptoms include fatigue and weakness, along with many others.  

Lamb contains large amounts of heme-iron which is important when facing iron-deficiency anemia. This nutrient is also found in other meat products, such as beef. Heme-iron is a bioavailable form of iron that is found in animal-derived foods, and also improves the absorption of nonheme iron, which is the iron that is found in plants. 

Lamb is a good choice for a meat product when helping to prevent or fight iron-deficiency anemia as it will increase your iron intake. 

FUN FACT: Eating beef or lamb 3-4 times a week can raise your level of iron intake. 

 

Easily Incorporate Lamb Into Your Diet 

 

Interested in making the switch and introducing lamb into your diet and healthy lifestyle?

SunGold’s Lamb Tonight products are seasoned, mild flavoured and contain all of these important health benefits that will keep you wanting more!   

 

Now that you know how beneficial lamb can be for you, here are some recipes to help you easily incorporate lamb into your diet and take you right through the fall season on a healthy note. Transitioning to a lamb-friendly diet has never been so simple! 

We hope you enjoy your lamb! 

How To Change Up Your Traditional Spaghetti Dinner With Lamb

On those busy nights when you feel like you don’t have the time or energy to cook up a serious meal (but still want something filling and delicious), spaghetti with meatballs is a go-to dinner. However, hectic evenings are too common and you can only have so much spaghetti with meatballs until you start to grow tired of it.

Changing up your typical plate of spaghetti with meatballs doesn’t have to be complicated or costly. In this blog, find out how to dress up this traditional dish and not get tired of it!

 

Spaghetti With Lamb Meatballs

One simple way to amp up your spaghetti dish is by swapping out beef meatballs with lamb meatballs! In comparison with beef meatballs, some people may find that lamb meatballs are more firm with a tender texture.

To make dinner less time consuming to prepare, Sungold offers pre-seasoned Italian-style lamb meatballs. They’re specially-made to enhance authentic pasta dishes, including spaghetti. Our Italian-style lamb meatballs are a mix of Canadian lamb meat with Italian herbs and spices like oregano and crushed chilies. When added to traditional spaghetti dishes, they really tie the dish together. The herbs and spices in the meatballs add flavours that aren’t typically found in beef meatballs. We promise your taste buds will be in for a treat with our mouthwatering seasoned meatballs!

In addition to swapping beef meatballs for lamb meatballs, take your spaghetti one step further by adding chopped vegetables like onions, carrots, and celery. Vegetables aren’t just packed with vitamins and minerals that are good for you and your health, but they also add even more flavour and texture to spaghetti dishes. Once you try it, you’ll never want to eat spaghetti with meatballs without adding these vegetables again!

To make things simple, we put together an easy-to-follow video and recipe on how to make spaghetti with Sungold’s lamb meatballs! You can pick up a pack of Sungold Italian-style meatballs at your local Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, Foodland, Calgary CO-OP and Federated CO-OP and get cooking tonight!

 

Spaghetti With Lamb Meat Sauce

If you’re a fan of spaghetti with meat sauce, you’ll love this suggestion: take your spaghetti game to the next level by switching out the ground beef you use in your meat sauce for ground lamb meat! Ground lamb meat has a delectable taste that makes it unique from ground beef, so if you’ve never tried it before, this is the perfect opportunity to!

Swapping ground beef for ground lamb is easier than ever thanks to Sungold’s pre-seasoned ground lamb. No seasoning is required since the meat is already seasoned. Our favourite seasoned lamb is a fusion of fresh Canadian lamb with spices and herbs like rosemary and thyme that are sure to please at the dinner table. The ingredients used in our ground lamb bring out the flavours of tomato sauce and brings the dish together.

Although Sungold’s ground lamb is already seasoned with aromatic ingredients, we highly recommend adding diced onions and tomatoes to your meat sauce to add extra flavour. After you’ve plated your spaghetti with a scoop or two of the lamb meat sauce, finish it off by garnishing your spaghetti with shaved parmesan cheese and basil. Mmm, mmm!

Find Sungold’s ground lamb at your local Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, Foodland, Calgary CO-OP and Federated CO-OP and use it in your next spaghetti meat sauce!

 

Change is considered good, and when it comes to food, change gives you the opportunity to discover what your taste buds have been missing out on! If we didn’t have differences in our meals, we’d easily become bored of them.

Changing up your classic spaghetti with meatballs by swapping beef for lamb is now as easy as ever with Sungold’s pre-seasoned lamb products. With our Italian-style lamb meatballs and our favourite seasoned ground lamb to choose from, you can have spaghetti the way you like – but with lamb! Just heat, eat, and enjoy!

 

Easy Lamb Recipes to Try for the Holidays

 

A few months back, when the warm breeze of summer started filling our days, we listed some of the best recipes to kick-off the BBQ season. Now that the cold winds are starting to blow and the season of gift-giving is just right around the corner, we will be listing three easy lamb recipes you can try for the holidays.

 

Italian-Style Slow Cooker Meatloaf

If you are a fan of Italian cuisine, this meatloaf recipe that combines beef and lamb will be right up your alley. Following Better Homes and Gardens’ recipe, the ingredients you would need for this dish are Italian-style stewed tomatoes, whole wheat bread crumbs, onion, zucchini, red sweet peppers, parsley, garlic, ground black pepper, feta cheese, 95% lean ground beef and 80% lean ground lamb. Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, you just have to combine them all in a large bowl, place the mixture in a slow cooker, pat it into a loaf and leave it there for 3 1/2 hours on the low-heat setting, or for 1 1/2 hours on the high-heat setting.

What’s really great about this dish is that you can also cook it using one of the most reliable kitchen gadgets: the rice cooker. Some of the best rice cookers of 2020 can double as other appliances such as an electric pressure cooker, sterilizer, electric slow cooker, steamer and food warmer. In addition to this, some brands also have a 24-hour delay for longer cooking, automatic “keep warm” for up to 10 hours and advanced technologies that reduce cooking time by up to 70%.

 

Skillet Lamb Chops

Gifts are not the only things that make the holiday season exciting and fun. More than anything else, it is actually the much-awaited opportunity for people bound by blood and by a special bond to come together and bask in the company of each other. Gatherings like these are never complete without family-style suppers, and we’ve got just the right one for you. Skillet Lamb Chops are not only economical, they are also so easy to prepare. You just have to brown your seasoned chops in a heavy skillet with melted butter, oil and garlic. Then, dissolve a bouillon cube in water, simmer the mixture with the chops then add some cornstarch to thicken the sauce a bit.

The key to making this dish exceptional not only banks on getting the best local lamb shoulder chop but also on having the best tool for cooking. If you want to take this dish up a notch, consider using a cast-iron skillet instead of a regular one. Most of the cast iron skillets in 2020 are available at a reasonable price, are incredibly durable and can easily rival non-stick pans with a little tender love and care.

 

Braised Lamb Shanks

Braising lamb shanks can be quite intimidating at times, but that doesn’t always have to be the case — especially if you are guided by a good recipe. According to Delish’s easy-to-follow recipe, to make this dish, you’d need to sear your seasoned lamb shank in a large Dutch oven until golden brown and set it aside. Then, in the same Dutch oven, combine butter, onion, carrots, garlic, tomato paste and low-sodium beef broth. Once everything is thoroughly mixed, you can add the lamb back in, place the lid, pop the cookware in a preheated oven and leave it there for two hours.

The best way you can ensure that braised dishes such as these are thoroughly cooked is by investing in reliable cookware. Although most Dutch ovens this year cook similarly well, some brands are far easier to handle even with mitts or towels because of their design. Clever design can also keep food from getting trapped in the corners, allow steam to escape more easily and concentrate flavors better by giving better sear on meat.

 

Specially written for SUNGOLDMEATS.com

By: Rubicela Jayelle

Top 5 Recipes To Kick Off BBQ Season

It’s official, the birds are out and bees are buzzing. One thing is for sure – warm weather is finally here! And, warm weather is the true indicator that barbecue season has begun.

You may have already smelled the smoked and grilled meats in your neighbourhood as you opened up a window or strolled down the street. We know you’ve been dreaming of outdoor eats all winter long (because we have been, too). Now, it’s time to bring out the grill and get your barbecue on!

To kick off the season right, we’ve highlighted our top five lamb recipes that you can start using on the barbecue ASAP! Don’t forget your family members – barbecuing is a fun way to get everyone involved by helping to prep and take turns manning the grill.

 

1. Lamb Donair

Get the barbecue party started with a unique and delectable dinner: lamb donair! Our Lamb Tonight ground lamb meat is super simple to cook, especially because it comes pre-seasoned. Simply heat on the grill and eat!

Just because this recipe is easy, doesn’t mean it isn’t flavourful. With hints of white onion and sweet garlic, your mouth will be begging for more! Better than takeout, this easy lamb donair is loaded with healthy veggies and zesty donair sauce. A healthy and delicious meal for the whole family!

 

2. Lamb Meatball Skewers

A great appetizer made for barbecue season is our Caprese lamb meatball skewers! Since they use SunGold’s Mediterranean-Style Lamb Meatballs, they’re already seasoned and pre-shaped for your convenience. Cooking these little beauties over the grill gives them a delicious smokehouse flavor!

We love this appetizer because it includes fresh, summery ingredients like bocconcini and tomato. Lamb, cheese, and vegetables? Yes, please! Not only is this a balanced appetizer, but it’s one that is fun to make. Get the family involved by letting them create their own skewers to their liking! Got a cheese lover in the house? Add more bocconcini balls!

 

3. Rack Lambsicles

We believe one of the best foods for the grill is rack of lamb, and we have a super simple recipe for SunGold rack lambsicles! Although rack of lamb may sound intimidating, it only takes 10 minutes to prep and another 10 minutes to cook. Simple, right?

Our rack lambsicles uses ingredients that are probably already in your kitchen, like garlic, salt, and pepper. The combination of the flavour bursting ingredients in this recipe come together to make a delicious appetizer or main dish. With pea and mint pesto on the side, the result is tasty rack of lamb like no other.

 

4. Lamb Burgers

The perfect spring evening: grilling and flipping scrumptious lamb patties on the barbecue, with a warm breeze in your hair, and a cocktail in your hand! With our Lamb Tonight burgers, the hard work is already done for you.

Our SunGold Lamb Tonight burgers are pre-molded and come perfectly seasoned with herbs and spices. They’re not only packed full of flavour, but they’re juicy too! With the seasoning and sculpting done for you, it only takes a few flips on the grill until they’re ready!With our recipe for SunGold lamb burgers, you’re in control. Add a little (or as many!) toppings as you like. This recipe calls for brie cheese, but feel free to use whatever you have in the house! BBQ season is all about flavor and ease!

 

5. Lamb Kabobs

If you’ve never had tender curry lime kabobs, do yourself a favour and make them tonight on the barbecue! We promise they’ll be a family hit, because they use SunGold’s lamb sirloin or leg meat. Plus, serving them with a carrot salad as well as warm naan and raita (yogurt, cucumber and garlic dip) is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of barbecue season.

With curry paste to mildly amp up the heat and lime as another key ingredient for these kabobs, these flavours come together to tickle your taste buds while delighting them! Want to make this recipe even easier? For those busy nights when you can’t be bothered to look at a recipe – easily substitute our Lamb Tonight Souvlaki kabobs, Taste of India, Kofta or Shawarma ground kabobs! Grill heat and eat, and these kabobs are ready to go!

 

From appetizers to entrées, we hope you and your family enjoy our top five handpicked recipes for the barbecue season. Which new recipe will be your go-to for the summer?

Spring Tips For Rotisserie + Spit Roasting Lamb

Rotisserie, or spit roasting, is a method of cooking lamb that works by roasting meat on a spit (otherwise known as a long rod). The spit continuously turns the meat at a constant speed, ensuring the meat cooks at the same temperature – and evenly! Rotisseries are commonly used for cooking whole animals, like chicken, or large joints of meat, like legs of lamb.

Many choose to spit roast as it results in moist, tender meat. This is because the meat sears at a quick rate and locks in its own juices.

Whether you’re a novice at spit roasting or have spit roasted before, it’s never too late to amp up your rotisserie game! Check out our top tips for spit roasting lamb below.

 

Equipment

The first thing you need before cooking lamb on a rotisserie is the right equipment. Rotisseries come in all sorts of sizes – from small models to larger models that can roast whole animals.

Your grill will need a rotisserie attachment, and we suggest finding one with a powerful motor. However, there are now lots of grills on the market that come with rotisserie attachments already included. If you’re lucky, some come with features like a special rotisserie burner. This burner provides indirect, even heating.

Always read the instruction manual that comes with your rotisserie. Ensure that you’re using it correctly, and that you’re following safety instructions to prevent any harm.

Here one of our favourite lamb rotisserie recipes!

Mediterranean Boneless Leg Of Lamb   

 

Heat

When spit roasting, it isn’t a good idea to have the fire right underneath the meat. As parts of meat you cook can be quite large, there’s a good chance they’ll get too close to the fire. The end result will be burnt meat – an undesirable and inedible outcome!

For those with a charcoal grill, take your time with medium heat. Patience is the key here! For those with a gas grill, be sure to keep the burners low. In order to avoid flare ups and keep the meat at a safe distance from the heat, we recommend using a drip pan.

 

Placement

When using a rotisserie, the keys to successful spit roasting are balance and security. To achieve this, put your cut of meat in the middle of the rod. Next, you’ll want to fasten it as firmly as possible. If the meat isn’t secured properly, it can move and flop around as the spit turns, causing different sections of the meat cook unevenly or burn.

It’s likely that your rotisserie has a counterbalance to get the perfect balance of the meat. Once the meat is secured to the rod, we suggest using the palms of your hands to roll the rod to test if the meat has good balance. When performing this, roll it slowly. If you feel that one side is heavier than the other, the rod is unbalanced. An unbalanced spit will put stress on the motor of the rotisserie, and will give you unevenly cooked meat (since the heavier side will turn slower than the other). Adjust the meat until you find a good balance between both sides.

 

Cooking Times

Why ruin a deliciously rotisseried dinner by undercooking or overcooking? To prevent this, we discourage against leaving cooking times to your best guess. This is because the cooking time will vary depending on humidity, air temperature, wind, and even equipment. In addition, the size of the meat you’re cooking affects the length of cooking time.

Since it’s harder to test whether your meat is cooked to your liking on a rotisserie, we recommend stopping the rotisserie 15-20 minutes before the estimated cook time. Then, you’ll want to use a thermometer to test the internal temperature. A thermometer will provide you with an accurate temperature, and thus, indicate when the meat has been cooked for long enough.

Kitchn has a great guide that walks your lamb cooking temperatures from rare to well done.

 

Letting The Meat Rest

The last step before you dig in? Allow the meat to rest for approximately 10-20 minutes after it’s finished cooking. Doing so will allow the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, and keep your meal tender and juicy.

If you follow our tips for spit roasting, we’re sure you’ll end up with evenly cooked, juicy rotisserie dinner!

The Ultimate Lamb and Wine Pairing Guide

If you’re looking to elevate your dinners with lamb, adding a wine pairing is a must! 

Understanding which wines go with beautifully, mild flavoured SunGold lamb will delight your taste buds, and impress your guests. However, with so many options out there, we get that wine pairing can seem daunting! 

To make things nice and easy, we’ve narrowed this list down to our top five wine recommendations that go perfectly with our mild flavoured SunGold lamb! 

 

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is light-to-medium bodied. It has aromas of strawberry, cherry, and raspberry with subtle hints of vanilla and leather, making it a fruity and juicy wine to go with your mouthwatering lamb dish!

Pinot Noir is an easy drinking wine, which makes it great for those dipping their toes into the vino world. The slight acidity and notes of fruit really help to complement the rich flavour of lamb. Pinot Noir is round and smooth, and pairs well with herb seasoning and fresh vegetables. 

Dish Suggestion: Rack Of Lamb 

 

Bordeaux

Let’s start out with this: It’s a myth that white wine doesn’t go with lamb! 

A fine Bordeaux wine, red or white, makes a wonderful pairing with SunGold lamb.

Red Bordeaux wines are medium-to-full bodied, with aromas of plum and black currant. They also have earthy notes of pencil lead or wet gravel. However, the taste of the wine itself is fruity, leading into savory, prickly tannins.

White Bordeaux wines are either fruity and light, or creamy and rich. We recommend selecting a fruity white Bordeaux wine to go with lamb, as its flavours of grapefruit, citrus, and lemon will add layers to your meal.

Dish Suggestion: Roast Lamb 

 

Syrah

If you’re feeling spicy, Syrah wine makes the perfect accompaniment to your lamb masterpiece!

Syrah is Pinot Noir’s boisterous, outgoing older sister. This wine is one of the world’s darkest reds, and is bold in flavor. It features a great amount of delectable tannins, and is full bodied. With flavours of dark berries and spices, Syrah will add spice and dimension to your next lamb dish. 

Dish Suggestion: Lamb Loin 

 

Chianti

A bottle of Chianti makes an excellent choice that everyone will be sure to sip and indulge in with their lamb.

There are two versions of Chianti: Chianti and Chianti Classico. We suggest pairing lamb with Chianti Classico, as it is more refined and higher end than Chianti.

As a medium-bodied red wine, you can expect earthy notes with fruity flavours of strawberry and cherry. It’s also high in acidity, which offsets lamb’s slight marbling very well.

Dish Suggestion: Lamb Pasta 

 

Rosé

You can have rosé all day as it pairs beautifully with lamb dishes!

Rosé has a light pink colour. It features notes of strawberry, citrus, and flower, making it a light and delicious wine for lamb. 

If you choose to enjoy your lamb with rosé, we strongly recommend opting for a rosé produced in either Bandol or Tavel in France.

Dish Suggestion: Lamb Curry Kabobs – with our Lamb Tonight line! 

Now that you know about some of the most delicious wines that pair amazingly with lamb, why not grab a bottle for your next meal? Remember, taste is subjective! Use this guide as a base to explore the wonderful world of wine and lamb!

How To Guide: An Easy Lamb Christmas Dinner

Ready for the holidays, but not so ready to make Christmas dinner Let SunGold lamb make your preparation for the holidays less stressful and give you one less thing to worry about!

Check out our quick and easy guide on how to create a lamb Christmas dinner that will impress your guests!

Rack of lamb

 

 

Appetizers

Kabobs

Start your Christmas dinner off with some delicious lamb appetizers, like our Lamb Tonight Kabobs. With our wide selection of kabobs (such as souvlaki, kofta, taste of India, gyros, and shawarma), the hardest part will be choosing what your palate desires!

Our kabobs come pre-skewered. There is no need to skewer them yourself, saving you time and energy during the busy holiday season. What?s more, all Lamb Tonight products come pre-seasoned, pre-marinated, and gluten free, making our kabobs a fast and effortless appetizer for you and your guests to enjoy!

For extra goodness, serve our kabobs with a side of mixed vegetables or salad.

Find our souvlaki lamb kabobs with spiralized zucchini salad recipe here.

Lamb kabobs

Where to purchase

 

 

Meatballs

Mmm meatballs! Whether you choose our Italian-style lamb meatballs or Mediterranean-style lamb meatballs, we know you’ll be delighted by the seasonings.

To make our Lamb Tonight meatballs a fun and easy-to-eat holiday appetizer, turn them into caprese lamb meatball skewers!

If Mediterranean is more your style, wrap our mild flavored meatballs in lettuce with a drizzle of sauce of your choice! They might just be the best appetizer your guests have ever had.

Lamb meatballs in lettuce

 

 

Sausages

Our Lamb Tonight sausages are sure to be a hit at your Christmas dinner. No matter if you serve them straight out of the package or slice them up, your guests will undoubtedly be pleased.

Choose from our two mouthwatering flavours: merguez or mild Italian. Just add heat, and eat! Simple, isn’t it?

Tip: if you’re serving our sausages sliced, spear them with toothpicks to make them more convenient to eat! Want to get even more fancy with our Lamb Tonight sausages Add a layer of melted cheese for a hearty appetizer.

 

 

Entree

Rack of Lamb

Now that we’ve stimulated your guests appetites with our appetizers, it’s time to blow them away with a SunGold rack of lamb.

We offer classically frenched racks that are sure to create some oohs and ahhs from your guests. We believe in only serving the best to our customers – delicious flavour is guaranteed.

Our mild Canadian lamb racks are sure to be the highlight of your Christmas dinner.

Make our focaccia crusted rack of lamb with our easy-to-follow recipe at https://sungoldmeats.com/focaccia-crusted-rack-of-lamb/.

Rack of lamb

 

 

Roast Leg of Lamb

This recipe is from our main man, Jamie Oliver – and we promise you won’t be disappointed. Not only does a leg of lamb look beautiful on your Christmas table, but the roasting technique really helps to bring out its delicious flavour.

Just throw this easy dish in the oven, and let the aromas of garlic, fresh rosemary, and lemon fill your house!

Roast leg of lamb

 

 

Shepherd’s Pie

For your next Christmas dinner meal, use our Lamb Tonight seasoned lamb for shepherds pie. We made this product specifically for shepherds pie to give you the perfect complement of flavourful meat. All you have to do is make your favourite shepherds pie and substitute our seasoned lamb!

We?re sure your guests will love it, and will be begging for a second slice.

In need of a recipe Make our fully loaded shepherds pie and try it yourself by following our recipe here.

Shepherd's pie

 

 

There you have it, a simple how to guide on creating an easy lamb Christmas dinner!

These are just some of the various appetizers and entries you can make for the holidays with our lamb products, as there are many, many other dishes you can make!

Cooking Christmas dinner doesn’t have to be a burden. Make your Christmas dinner trouble-free this year with SunGold Meats!

5 Reasons You Should Make The Switch To Lamb

Each time we step into the grocery store, we are faced with dozens of options for proteins. The options seem endless – we have the choice to choose the type of meat, the cut of meat, and even the producers of the meat. As humans, we love familiarity as it keeps us feeling comfortable. However, change can be good as it introduces us to new experiences. The next time you step into the grocery store, why not try something new, like lamb?

There are more and more people who are switching to lamb as their protein of choice every day. Here are some reasons why they (and why you should) make the switch to lamb:

 

1. High Source of Protein

Lamb is primarily made up of protein, providing all nine essential amino acids that your body requires for proper growth and maintenance. Thus, eating lamb contributes to positive health. Lamb is especially beneficial for those who engage in daily physical activity, such as athletes and bodybuilders, since protein helps with muscle repair.

Consuming lamb can also prevent overeating since it is protein heavy. Protein is widely known for creating higher levels of satiety. Therefore, lamb can contribute to maintaining a healthy weight.

plated lamb chops

 

2. Rich Source of Vitamins and Minerals

Lamb is a great source of a variety of vitamins and minerals, including:

  • Vitamin B12 this vitamin is important for the formation of blood cells and the healthy functioning of the brain.
  • Selenium selenium acts as a powerful antioxidant, and therefore prevents damage to cells that are caused by free radicals.
  • Zinc this mineral is vital for the development and formation of hormones.

And these are just some of the vitamins and minerals that lamb is incredibly rich in. Consuming lamb will ensure you are getting a healthy supply of different types of vitamins and minerals to support good health.

lamb kabobs

 

3. Excellent Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Today people are consuming more omega-6 fatty acids than they are consuming omega-3 fatty acids. This is an issue because omega-6 is pro-inflammatory and omega-3 is anti-inflammatory. Thus, omega-3 can possibly lower the risk of heart disease.

Omega 3 also promotes healthy skin as it supports flexibility, moisture retention, and antioxidant function, leaving your skin hydrated with diminished visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Who knew lamb could keep you young?

lamb chops with vegetables

 

4. Great Source of Iron

Since lamb is a red meat, it has much more iron than other sources of protein, like fish or chicken. Therefore, consuming lamb increases the composition of red blood cells, increases the proportion of hemoglobin in the blood, and even improves blood flow and the delivery of oxygen to cells.

Lamb also has more heme iron than non-heme iron (heme iron comes from animals, and non-heme iron is found in plants). Heme iron is absorbed much better than non-heme iron; thus, eating lamb is beneficial if you are looking to prevent and improve iron deficiency, and symptoms of anemia. As lamb is rich in iron, eating lamb can help you meet your goals for iron intake.

rack of lamb with potatoes and carrots

 

5. High in Calcium

Lamb meat is high in calcium. This makes lamb a great source of calcium for those who are calcium deficient and cannot consume other sources of calcium, like milk. The consumption of lamb and its high calcium content provides benefits such as maintaining strong and healthy bones, preventing disruptions, and preventing bone abnormalities.

 

SunGold Speciality Meats makes it easy for you to make the switch by providing a variety of Lamb Tonight products to choose from, along easy-to-make recipes!

Our Lamb Tonight Line is pre-seasoned, mild flavored and convenient. Just add heat, and eat!

From burgers to sausages to meatballs and kabobs, our healthy and tasty options will have you wishing you made the switch sooner! You can pick up our Lamb Tonight products at Sobeys, Safeway, Thrifty Foods, Federated Coop and Calgary Coop.

What are you waiting for Pick up a package (or two, or three) today!

lamb kabobs

Lamb & The Keto Diet – A Beginners Guide

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock, you’ve likely heard of the Keto diet and its health and weight loss benefits. This diet is similar to low carb diets such as the Atkins and Paleo diet, and has generated just as much interest. But what exactly is the Keto diet?

 

In this blog, we break down the complex information around the Keto diet into bite-sized pieces, so you can determine with the help of your doctor if it’s right for you. You’ll also learn how our favourite protein, lamb, can play an important part in this diet!

 

What is the Keto Diet?

A Ketogenic (Keto) diet is a low-carbohydrate, moderate-protein, high-fat diet. In a Keto diet, you replace carbohydrates (which is converted into glucose, aka sugar) with fat as an alternative energy source for your body.

A standard Ketogenic diet contains 75% fat, 20% protein, and only 5% carbohydrates.* When we drastically reduce the amount of carbs we consume, we force our body to enter a metabolic state called ketosis.

Ketosis is when our body burns fat instead of glucose for energy. Our liver turns fat into ketones, a source of fuel.

*Fat, protein, and carbohydrates are called macronutrients, the three big nutrients we get from our daily food intake.

 

What Do I Eat and What Do I Avoid Eating on a Keto Diet?

The Keto diet is about replacing carbohydrates with fat. But we?re not talking about eating unhealthy fats here. The Keto diet encourages people to eat whole and unprocessed foods. Let?s take a look at what you should and shouldn’t eat on Keto.

Eggs, bacon, peppers, and seeds are just some of the things you can eat on the keto diet.]

Do Eat:

Foods that are high in fat, but low in carbs such as:

    • Meat: Red and white meat, particularly fatty meat, including lamb, beef products like steak, chicken, turkey, pork products such as bacon and ham, offal.
    • Fish: Look for fatty fish like salmon and tuna.
    • Eggs: Choose eggs that are organic or come from free-range animals.
    • Dairy: Butter, cream, cheese, etc. Again, look for products that are unprocessed.
    • Vegetables: Leafy greens like kale, spinach, and broccoli, tomatoes, peppers, etc. Veggies will be where you get most of your carbs and fiber.
    • Avocados are recommended as one of the few fruits to eat on a Keto diet because they contain healthy fats.
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Oils: Extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil.

 

Limit Eating:

Foods that are processed, starchy, and high in carbohydrates such as:

    • Grains: Bread, cereal, pasta, rice, crackers, bagels, corn, etc.
    • Sugars: Candy, soda, juice, ice cream, etc.
    • Fruits: Most fruits are high in carbs and fructose.
    • High-carb veggies: Potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, beans, legumes, peas, chickpeas, lentils, etc.
    • ?Low-fat?/diet foods: These are often heavily processed with high sugar content.
    • Unhealthy fats: Mayonnaise, processed vegetable oils, etc.
  • Milk
  • Alcohol

 

 

Benefits of the Keto Diet

Weight loss is one benefit of the keto diet.

Okay, so the Keto diet can be restrictive. No carbs? What is this life?

However, the Keto diet has many great health benefits for anyone looking to improve their metabolic or overall health. Some of these benefits include:

  • Weight loss: Because you’re eating fewer calories while also burning calories in the form of fat, you lose weight. Additionally, the Keto diet helps you feel fuller, longer, and reduces appetite.
  • Increases energy and improves mood: A steady supply of ketones instead of glucose for fuel mean less energy slumps. The Keto diet also fuels your brain better than carbs and makes you feel great.
  • Lowers risk of diseases: Body fat, cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure are all affected by the Keto diet, leading to a lowered risk of heart disease.
  • Treats diseases and conditions: The Keto diet has been found to lower blood sugar and insulin levels in people with Type 2 diabetes, reduce seizures in epileptic patients and improve symptoms in Alzheimers disease, Parkinson?s disease and Polycystic ovary syndrome.

Side-Effects of the Keto Diet

As with any major change, your body needs time to adjust. This is why one of the main side effects you may feel at the beginning of the Keto diet is the Keto flu. The Keto flu mimics symptoms of the real flu, including fatigue, headaches, and irritability. This is because you are going through a carbohydrate withdrawal. It is very important to stay hydrated and replenish your electrolytes, as you will lose a lot of water on the Keto diet.

 

Keto-Friendly Lamb Recipes

Lamb is a great source of healthy fats and high-quality protein as well as numerous vitamins and minerals. On top of that, it has no carbs! SunGold’s products are perfect for your Keto meal plan. Here?s one of our Keto-friendly, low-carb recipes:

SunGold Grilled Mojo Lamb Steaks

Grilled mojo steaks are a delicious, keto-friendly dinner idea.

Prep Time: 20 minutes | Cook Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 30 minutes (+ 4 hours marinating time) | Serves: 4

Ingredients List:

  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) orange juice*
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) lime juice*
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) packed brown sugar*
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried oregano
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 4 SunGold Bone-in Lamb Leg Steaks

Avocado Salsa:

  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) finely chopped red onion
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lime juice
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cumin
  • Pinch each salt and pepper

Directions:

  • Whisk together orange juice, lime juice, cilantro, garlic, jalapeno, brown sugar, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper; pour over lamb in non-metallic container or in resealable plastic bag. Cover or seal; refrigerate lamb for at least 4 hours or up to 6 hours.
  • Preheat grill to medium-high heat; grease grate well. Grill steaks, turning once, for about 8 minutes for medium-rare or until desired doneness.
  • Avocado Salsa: Meanwhile, combine avocado, red onion, lime juice, cilantro, cumin, salt and pepper. Serve with steaks.

Tip:

  • Instead of the salsa, serve the lamb simply with avocado  with a squeeze of lime and chopped cilantro if desired.

*Note: Although sugar should be drastically reduced on a Keto diet, that doesn’t mean you must eliminate it altogether. Just make sure it stays below your 5% carbohydrate intake per day.

Other Helpful Resources & Links

Ruled.me’s Keto Guide

Healthline’s Keto Guide

Nerd Fitness’s Keto Guide

r/Keto

Macronutrient calculator

Keto Shopping List

Keto Diet Recipes on AllRecipes.com

 

 

 

 

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