Easter's Traditional Lamb Has Surprising Health Benefits

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The California Sheep Commission offers new insight into the health benefits of lamb...perfect to pair with stuffing and veggies for Easter.

Long has lamb been the traditional and delicious centerpiece to the Easter meal, but did you know that it may offer you and your family certain bonus health benefits? According to David Goldenberg of the California Sheep Commission, recent trends have more and more lamb being raised sustainably on pasture. Grass-fed lamb tends to have much more omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for heart health and lower triglycerides. Other studies suggest that omega-3s may help with other conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and others. So, when preparing your Easter dinner this April, consider putting new twists on your old lamb recipes for a healthful and satisfying meal.

EDIBLE EASTER STUFFING CENTERPIECE…Combine 1 box (2 bags) stuffing mix with ¾ cup chopped celery, ¾ cup chopped onion, 1 cup broth, juice or water, ½ cup canola or vegetable oil and 2 large eggs, lightly beaten. Press moistened stuffing firmly into a greased Bundt cake pan and bake in a preheated 375° oven for 30 minutes. Allow pan to cool before turning out onto a serving plate. Fill the center with shredded cabbage and add colored Easter eggs.

STUFFING EASTER EGGS! Using the same recipe above, shape the moistened stuffing into egg shapes and arrange on a cookie sheet with a light coating of cooking oil spray; bake stuffing “eggs” in a preheated 375° oven for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve stuffing eggs with shredded cabbage “grass” beneath them or in a colorful linen-lined Easter basket.


  •     LOVELY LAMB – Transfer prepared stuffing mix to the center of a large white or ivory platter; stack roasted rack of lamb on top and arrange fresh steamed Brussels sprouts, and cooked baby carrots around the meat adding fresh mint for garnish. For another healthful twist, cook lima beans in chicken broth and toss with sautéed onions, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt. Arrange around the lamb with a lemon wedge as garnish.
  •     HAM’S PERFECT PARTNER -- Stir in ½ cup bacon bits, 1 cup dried cherries, and one small can (drained) of pineapple chunks to the basic stuffing recipe; bake as usual and top with sliced, hard boiled eggs. Serve along side glazed pineapple ham.
  •     ASPARAGUS FOR THE SEASON -- Replace ½ of the broth, juice or water called for in your stuffing recipe with cream of asparagus soup and mix according to package directions; arrange asparagus tips on top of the stuffing in your baking dish, cover with foil and bake as usual.

TASTY NEW TRADITIONS...Stuff Cornish game hens with prepared stuffing following package instructions for turkey. Before roasting, sprinkle chopped, fresh herbs on top of each hen and add round slices of a fresh lemon (or orange). Cover birds with foil and roast in a 325° oven for 30 minutes per pound of poultry; remove foil for the final 30 minutes to brown the birds. Serve ½ of a roasted, stuffed Cornish game hen per guest.

For more tasty Easter menu ideas, visit http://www.StuffingRecipes.com.

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