Veggies, Lamb and Rice

by zesty on April 8, 2009 · 24 comments

Are you ready for Wednesday?  I know middle of the week is here already… crazy.  It has been raining here pretty hard and somewhat cold all day yesterday. Not an ideal spring day but what can you do?  The vaccines went well and I am all set for Jamaica.  During the day I had a huge craving for lamb.  Bizarre isn’t it?  So, on the way home I stopped in to get a little package of ground lamb to prepare this simple meal in a bowl.


The one thing I like about rice and lamb…. they taste great together as the plain rice plays down the strong flavor in the lamb.

If you have never had lamb, it can be quite strong of a taste to get used to.  But if you fall in love with it (like I have) – you might just be hooked!

For the recipe below, I am assuming you have cooked rice on hand as well as cooked lamb.  For the lamb, I just mixed the ground lamb with one egg, 1/4 cup cracker crumbs, salt, pepper and pan fried to sear both sides and finished it off in the oven.  Lamb has a very high fat content so when placing in the oven- it is a good idea to ensure it sits on a rack so the grease can fall through.  Once cooked and cooled, I just crumbled it for the rice dish.


  • 1 Cup Brown Rice (cooked)
  • Handful of frozen peas
  • Handful of frozen corn
  • 1/2 Cup crumbled lamb (cooked)
  • Splash of Barbecue Sauce
  • Hint of soy sauce


  1. Add everything to a large microwaveable bowl and cook on high for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Serve with some toasted bread.
  3. ENJOY!

Zesty Tip: To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.  It really drives me crazy when the eggs crack in the water.

Other Food News

Kevin over at closetcooking cooked up some sweet potato pancakes.  Oh Yum.

Elise bakes some delicious carrot muffins.

Christy creates  a favorite summer pie.

Question of the day: I am participating in a potluck for work and I signed up for an appetizer and a main dish… What would you suggest I make for this event?

I hope you have a great Wednesday!  I look forward to seeing everybody tomorrow. Eat lots and smile plenty.

Take care


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1 VeggieGirl

For your appetizer and main dish = can’t go wrong with a hummus/vegetable plate (appetizer) and some sort of grilled chicken dish or pasta or something!!


2 Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)

Thanks for the hard boiled egg tip – hate it when they crack! OK, I have issues with lamb. I made crockpot meatballs with ground lamb bison…they were amazing. Then, I made this mistake of looking up the fat content of lamb, and I haven’t bought it since. I know…I have issues. Working on them. :)

Hmm, your appetizer NEEDS to involve your homemade pesto. For the main dish? I can’t choose…all your recipes look so good. Maybe some type of casserole or lasagna? Easy and always a crowd pleaser!


3 Meg

So many of my favorite flavors in this one! Looks delicious as always Zesty!


4 brandi

i have never had lamb, but I want to! and Jamaica?!? How are you on all these awesome trips lately? :)

Potluck stuff: I usually take EASY things to make/carry, like:
pasta salad or another grain salad (i.e., couscous, taboulleh)
stuffed mushrooms
antipasto platter (olives, meats, cheeses, peppers)
relish platter (pickles, olives, etc)

my cousin-in-law(?) made this awesome appetizer that was endive leaves filled with a cream cheese mixture with dried figs. easy to make and bring.


5 ZestyCook

@Brandi – thanks for the great ideas – the endive app sounds great!


6 Mara @ What's For Dinner?

Lamb is one of my favorite things that I never remember to cook!! Ha!
I didn’t know that you need vaccines for Jamaica…
Appetizer? I’m with Heather, it needs to include pesto!


7 Eat, live, love

I have some issues with lamb. I always tell people if they enjoy it great! But, I just couldn’t ever stand the taste of it. I did give it a shot though:)


8 George Erdosh

Your veggies-lamb-rice recipe looks good and simple. I am a recipe writer and have one suggestion: instead of saying 1 c cooked rice, I would rather give readers how much raw rice they have to start with. To get to one cup, start with 2/3 c raw rice.

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9 K

Appetizer – Hummus and veggies/crackers! Thanks for all the foodie links :) Have a great Wednesday!


10 Nancy

There are some food musts while you are in Jamaica. A former job used to take me to Jamaica every week, plus I used to spend time there on work breaks.

I haven’t been on the computer much lately, so I don’t know where you’re going there. In Montego Bay, try the Pork Pit for wonderful jerk chicken and take home some of their sauces. In Ocho Rios, it’s the WW for great jerk. Avoid the Jerk Hut. It has good jerk, but also a bunch of hookers of every persuasion hang out there. Anywhere you go, besides the jerk, try the curried goat and the ackee and saltfish (Jamaica’s national dish). Bring home some Blue Mountain Coffee, but not in the little burlap bags. That’s high priced tourist fou fou. Go to a local grocery or market and buy it in the tins. You’ll also find lots of other interesting groceries there. Try the carrot juice at one of the shops or restaurants. It’s not like any other carrot juice you buy in the States. I could go on and on, but I don’t know how much West Indian food you’re already acquainted with. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions.


11 ZestyCook

@Nancy – Thanks so much for the great info. Appreciate it


12 carolinebee

my fam always makes lamb burgers or kebobs for easter sunday, i love it! i like the stuffed mushrooms apps idea, my personal fave is Mexican- so i would do chips and guac, then an enchilada or some Mexican casserole for the main!


13 Caroline

I can’t wait to hear about your trip to Jamaica–will you be taking food pics while there?

When I cook for a crowd, I find that a big pot of chili always satisfies. As or appetizers, I would recommend making a pizza dip with cream cheese, tomato sauce, mozzarella and any toppings you might desire. Best served with tortilla chips!


14 Erin

I love lamb, but didn’t know it could be so easy to make!


15 Culinary Cory

Cute photo. Love the richness of the green.


16 elise

oooo, i bet this recipe would work really wel with seitan. also, those macaroons you recently posted about have been in my dreams, no if only i could figure out a vegan recipe for those. ideas?


17 Olga

I hate the word “veggies” :) But other than that, that’s a great dish!


18 Louis Thornton

I love the simplicity. We bloggers create go for complexity SO much (me included). This looks fantastic. I will make this for sure. Thanks.


19 Nicole (Sweetie Pie)

I love a simple and satisfying bowl dish! They are such a staple for me. Yours looks great! I totally agree that lamb and rice go very well together.


20 Bunny

I’m one of those people who have never tried lamb. This looks really good!!


21 Courtney (The Hungry Yogini)

I have never tried lamb. Looks really delicious.


22 Pearl

that rice + lamb = nom!


23 Erica

This dish looks AWESOME! I don’t think I’ve ever even had lamb?? Hmm for the potluck I would bring a pasta bake! I have a few suggestions if you need one


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