Makes 4-6 servings
For the quinoa
1 cup quinoa, rinsed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
For the raita
12 ounces nonfat Greek yogurt
1⁄3 cup diced, peeled, and seeded cucumber
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
1½ tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, minced
For the lamb
1 lb boneless leg of lamb, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon curry powder
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
16 grape or cherry tomatoes
1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
8 10-inch bamboo skewers, soaked in water
Calories 478, Carbohydrate 39g, Sugars 7g,
Total Fat 9g, (Sat Fat 4g), Protein 38g,
Fiber 5g, Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 133mg
- To prepare the quinoa: Place the quinoa in a medium saucepan. Cover with 2 cups cold water and add a pinch of salt. Cover the pan and bring to a boil. As soon as it begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer and set the lid slightly ajar to prevent boiling over. Simmer the quinoa for 15 to 20 minutes or until the liquid has been fully absorbed. You should see a little white ring release from the quinoa germ. Remove from heat, fluff with a fork, and stir in the lemon juice, olive oil, and parsley.
- To prepare the raita: In a small mixing bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, mint, lemon juice, and garlic. Mix with a wooden spoon until fully incorporated. Season with salt. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
- To prepare the lamb: Preheat a grill to moderate heat. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the lamb, curry powder, and 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Season with salt. In a separate mixing bowl, combine the tomatoes and bell pepper. Toss with the remaining 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt. Thread the lamb, bell pepper, and tomatoes alternately onto the skewers. Place the prepared kabobs on the grill and cook for 5 minutes on each side or until cooked.
- Spoon some quinoa on each plate, top with two lamb kabobs, and spoon some raita over the lamb. Sprinkle with additional chopped mint, if desired.