Orla Walsh has provided us with some of her favourite ‘fakeaway’ recipe ideas for you to recreate at home. Not only are they a healthier alternative to takeaways, but they’re also packed full of nutritious Irish meat and dairy ingredients to ensure you and your family are getting a varied and balanced diet full of family favourites.

Lamb is a rich source of niacin which helps sustain energy production, assists the nervous system to work normally, while also helping to reduce tiredness and fatigue. It is also a good source of zinc, which helps with fertility, supports bone health and normal eyesight.

Ingredients (more Quality Assured Lamb recipes available from www.bordbia.ie

750g Quality Assured lamb, leg or new season shoulder, well-trimmed and cubed
Olive oil
1 red and 1 green pepper, cut into chunks
1 red onion, cut into wedges
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Marinade for lamb

250ml Greek-style natural yoghurt
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 teasp. ground cumin
1 teasp. ground coriander
Juice of 1 lemon
185ml Greek-style natural yoghurt
1 tablesp. fresh coriander, chopped
1 tablesp. fresh mint, chopped
Grated rind of 1 lemon
2 garlic cloves, crushed

Method

Combine the marinade ingredients in a large non-metallic dish. Add the diced lamb and stir to coat well, then cover and place in the fridge for about 2 hours if possible.

Meanwhile, soak 8 wooden skewers in water.  This will prevent them scorching. If you are short of time use metal skewers.

Preheat your barbecue or grill to high and brush lightly with oil.

Thread the lamb cubes, peppers and red onion onto the skewers, season and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until lightly charred and cooked to your taste.

To make the Mint and Garlic Yoghurt Dressing, stir together all the ingredients and season to taste.

Drizzle a little dressing over each lamb skewer and serve the rest on the side.

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