11 May Lamb Liver Meatballs and Sauce Recipe
Here is the full recipe for the lamb liver meatballs and sauce:
• 500g of organic minced lamb
• 30g of lamb liver, thinly sliced
• Avocado or olive oil
• 1 large red onion
• 3 teaspoons of dried oregano
• 2 teaspoons of dried thyme
• 1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
• 1 teaspoon of dried basil
• 1 teaspoon of English mustard
• 1 teaspoon of chilli powder (optional)
• ½ to 1 teaspoon of chilli flakes
• 2 tablespoons of ground almond flour
• 2 cups of tinned chopped tomatoes or passata
• 2 cloves of garlic
• Sea salt or pink salt
• Black pepper
• Turn oven on to gas mark 6
• Chop half of the onion and fry it until it gets brown in a pan with a glug of oil
• While the onion is frying, add the almond flour, English mustard, chilli powder, 1 teaspoon of oregano and thyme, and sea salt and black pepper and stir well
• Add the fried onion to the meat and stir well again
• In the same pan, add more oil and gently fry the liver pieces with salt, for around 5 minutes
• Once the liver is cooked, pop into a food processor and blend until it becomes a grainy and minced
• Add to the minced meat mixture and stir
• Mould the meat into golf-sized balls and pop onto an oven-proof dish
• Cook the meatballs in the oven for around 20-25 minutes
• Chop and fry the other half of the onion in oil
• Once the onion has browned, crush and add the garlic and fry with the onions for 30 seconds
• Add the tomato sauce, along with the rest of the oregano and thyme, basil, rosemary, chilli flakes, salt and pepper
• Stir the sauce and bring to a boil, then cover, place onto the lowest heat and cook for 45 minutes, stirring the sauce every 10 minutes to ensure the sauce doesn’t burn or stick at the bottom
• Once the sauce has been cooking for 30 minutes, begin cooking spaghetti of your choice. I use gluten-free spaghetti
• The meatballs might produce a bit of stock – add this to the sauce, along with the meatballs once the sauce is ready and stir gently
• Plate the spaghetti first, then meatballs and top with the sauce.
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Meat plays an important role as part of a healthy and sustainable diet. A 2018 study demonstrates that red meat is a nutrient dense food, ‘providing important amounts of protein, essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals that are the most common nutrient shortages in the world, including vitamin A, iron, and zinc.’ It is possible that the studies that show red meat consumption with cancer development do not take confounding factors into consideration, such as ‘greater overweight, less exercise, lower vegetable or dietary fibre intake, and perhaps other habits that differentiate those who eat the most meat from those who eat the least.’
Other factors I personally feel are vital and may be overlooked include:
– The quality of meat consumed
– What oils are used to cook the meat
– Fruit (hence, antioxidant) consumption
– Consumption of processed foods and sugars
Please click here to read the full study.
From an Islamic perspective, meat consumption is described as a blessing from Allah. The Prophet (saw) said: “The chief food of people of this world and the people of Paradise is meat”.
Ibn Qayyim mentions that eating meat nourishes seventy faculties, improves the eyesight, clears the complexion, empties the belly and improves the character. Apparently, Ibn ‘Umar never missed eating meat during Ramadan and whilst travelling. Ibn Qayyim also discusses different types of meats (i.e. from sheep, goats, cattle and camels), their properties and how it has differing effects when ingested. For example, he says calves (young cattle) are more nourishing than meat from cows.
Ibn Qayyim also advises to not eat meat in excess and quotes ‘Umar ibn al-Khattab: “Beware of meat, for there is in it a greed like that of wine. And God finds hateful the people of any house who constantly eats meat.”
This is why the Prophetic way is moderation. Too much of anything can be harmful. A long-term completely vegan diet, devoid of any animal foods, can be detrimental to a person’s health too; it can cause severe nutrient deficiencies and weakness in energy, teeth, joints, hair and so much more.
Purchasing organic meat from reliable farms is much more expensive than buying meat from factory farm raised butchers, but it means you will inevitably eat less of it – not remove it from your diet completely. I was convinced that I needed to adopt a vegan diet and I did for a few months in 2015 after watching documentaries and youtube videos that demonised the consumption of animal foods. It was an irresponsible and harmful thing to do as I was taking advice from people who were not at all qualified to give advice on nutrition.
Follow the sunnah and adopt the moderate pathway in consuming animal foods. Quality over quantity – always!