Flavours of Greece spice up lamb cakes

Juicy lamb cakes and a crisp, sim­ple salad to add colour to your plate - what’s not to love?

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With cu­cum­ber, tomato and radish salad

Prep: 20 min­utes Cook: 15 min­utes Serves: 2

Greek-spiced lamb cakes

250g lean ground lamb mince

1⁄4 brown onion, finely diced

1 1⁄2 tea­spoons lamb spice mix*

1 clove gar­lic, minced

1⁄4 cup whole­meal bread­crumbs

1 ta­ble­spoon ground LSA (or use 10g fur­ther whole­meal bread­crumbs)

1⁄2 tea­spoon salt

1 ta­ble­spoon finely chopped pars­ley leaves

1⁄2 egg, lightly whisked

1 tea­spoon oil, to coat (or use spray oil)

*Lamb spice mix

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground co­rian­der

1 tsp paprika

1⁄4 tsp smoked paprika

1⁄4 tsp lemon pep­per

1⁄4 tsp ground cin­na­mon

1⁄2 tsp ground turmeric

1⁄4 tsp onion pow­der


1⁄4 tea­spoon salt

1⁄4 tea­spoon mus­tard (e.g. Di­jon, whole­grain)

Juice of 1⁄2 lemon

Cu­cum­ber, tomato and radish salad

1⁄2 cap­sicum

1⁄2 Le­banese cu­cum­ber

1 tomato

1-2 radishes

1 ta­ble­spoon pars­ley leaves and stalks

2 ta­ble­spoons mint leaves

1⁄2 x 400g can can­nellini beans, drained and rinsed

To serve 75g unsweet­ened low-fat plain yo­ghurt, 1⁄ lemon cut into 2 wedges (op­tional)

Pre­heat oven to 220 de­grees Cel­sius. Line an oven tray with bak­ing pa­per.

Place all Greek-spiced lamb cake in­gre­di­ents (ex­cept oil) into a medium bowl and mix un­til well com­bined. Us­ing clean, damp hands, shape mix­ture into golf ball-sized balls then flat­ten slightly into cakes, about 1.5cm- thick. Place cakes onto pre­pared tray and lightly brush with oil (or spray). Bake (on up­per oven rack) for about 8 min­utes, un­til just cooked through. Switch oven to high grill and grill cakes for a fur­ther 4-5 min­utes, un­til lightly brown on top.

While cakes are cook­ing, whisk all vinai­grette in­gre­di­ents to­gether in a medium bowl. Re­move core and seeds from cap­sicum and dice cap­sicum, cu­cum­ber, tomato and radishes 1cm. Roughly chop se­cond mea­sure of pars­ley and mint.

Add all salad veges to bowl with vinai­grette, along with drained can­nellini beans. Toss to com­bine and sea­son to taste with pep­per and more salt, if de­sired.

To serve, spoon cu­cum­ber, tomato and radish salad onto plates. Top with Greek-spiced lamb cakes, dol­lop over yo­ghurt and serve with a lemon wedge to squeeze over (if us­ing).

MyFood Bag Fresh Start recipes are 450 calo­ries or less per serve, have lean pro­tein and loads of veg­eta­bles, and are lower in gluten and dairy.

Greek-spiced lamb cakes with cu­cum­ber, tomato and radish salad.

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