Lamb and eggplant are combined in dishes throughout the Mediterranean. Together they deliver a complex, hearty, earthy flavor that's truly satisfying. In this dish, toasted pine nuts and tangy feta cheese are excellent accents.
Nutrition per serving may change if servings are adjusted.
8 ounces whole-wheat rigatoni, rotini or penne
4 ounces ground lamb or lean ground beef
2 cloves garlic, chopped
¼ teaspoon fennel seed
1½ cups diced eggplant
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 8-ounce can no-salt-added tomato sauce
½ cup red wine
1½ teaspoons chopped fresh oregano or ½ teaspoon dried
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 teaspoon pine nuts, toasted (see Tip)
¼ cup crumbled feta, (optional)
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook pasta 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions.
Meanwhile, cook lamb (or beef), garlic and fennel seed in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking up the meat with the back of a spoon, until the lamb (or beef) is browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Add eggplant and oil; cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggplant browns, about 4 minutes. Add tomato sauce and wine; cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Stir in oregano, salt and pepper.
Drain the pasta; serve topped with the sauce and sprinkled with pine nuts and feta, if using.
Tip: To toast pine nuts: Cook in a dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.
438 calories;11 g fat(4 g sat); 10 g fiber; 59 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; 60 mcg folate; 41 mg cholesterol; 4 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 1,156 IU vitamin A; 17 mg vitamin C; 71 mg calcium; 4 mg iron; 346 mg sodium; 866 mg potassium
Vitamin C (28% daily value), Vitamin A (23% dv), Iron (22% dv)
Meat = Iron
Confused did you actually read the ingredients? That amount of meat and feta cheese would be one of the usual of the 3 servings a week allowed/recommended in a low cholesterol diet. 2oz =125g meat...it would barely cover the palm of your hand! I am anaemic and eating small amounts of meat is the best way to absorb iron.
Pros: Treat for the week
Cons: Don't make it a regular menu meal
February 21, 2012
By: EatingWell User
Aren't Fetta and Lamb two items you should avoid if trying to lower your cholesterol? Meat and Cheese are two big no no's?