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20-minute Meal: Lamb Cutlets with Pesto Sauce Recipe

20-minute Meal: Lamb Cutlets with Pesto Sauce Recipe

This pan-fried lamb dish is so elegant to serve either for special occasions or as a family meal, yet could be done in 20 minutes at ease. All you need is to get some fresh lamb cutlets and the herbs. Other ingredients yielded in this recipe are often kept in kitchen pantry or fridge. The lamb cutlets are tender and juicy, perfectly matched with the healthy basil sauce.

Nothing is easier than making this delicious sauce. Just pop in all the ingredients in a small electric mixer. Voilà, you’ll get the smooth, fragrant basil paste for dressing in a few seconds. Totally fuss free ! 20-minute Meal: Lamb Cutlets with Pesto Sauce Recipe

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Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Western
Author: [url href=”https://plus.google.com/116246619961846429369/posts” target=”_blank”]Christine Ho[/url], best-selling cookbook author of [url href=”http://en.christinesrecipes.com/2012/06/my-cookbook-easy-recipes-released.html#.UTAVaesY2mw” target=”_blank”]Easy Recipes – A Selection of Simple Classics”[/url] (written in both Chinese and English) .
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 10 mins
Total time: 20 mins
Serves: 2 to 3
When making pesto sauce, pine nuts are commonly used. If you can’t get any, you might like to try using walnuts instead. The end result is equally good. To get the best result, try to get extra virgin olive oil to make the sauce,It’s a kind of healthy oil and most suitable for making this sauce or salad. The cooking time of potatoes depends on the size of the potato cubes and the power of your microwave oven.

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Ingredients

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  • 8 lamb cutlet, about 420 gm
  • 4 baby potatoes, about 260 gm
  • Salad, for serving
  • Sauce ingredients:
  • 35 gm fresh basil
  • 20 gm walnuts
  • 30 gm parmesan cheese, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice / lemon juice
  • 4 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • [img src=”https://cdn.lifehack.org/wp-content/files/2013/02/How-To-Make-Pesto-Sauce_LH.jpg” alt=”” width=”500″ height=”333″ class=”alignnone size-full wp-image-49226″]

Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes into cubes, about 1.5 to 2cm in size each. Season with salt and pepper. Coat with 3 teaspoons of oil. Put in a microwave oven, covered, and cook for about 6 minutes with high power. Stop and stir thoroughly after the potatoes are cooked halfway, then continue cooking until done. Test with a knife. If it can easily poke in, it’s cooked through. Cover to keep warm. Set aside.
  2. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a skillet or grill pan on a stove. Cook over medium high heat until both sides are nicely brown or have grill marks. The lamb cutlets are about 1 inch in thickness, cook the first side for about 4 minutes, the other side for 3 minutes to get medium rare, or adjust the cooking time to your liking. Dish up and drizzle the pesto sauce on top, immediately served with the cooked potatoes and desired salad.
  3. Heat walnuts in a small pan without oil, over medium low heat, until aromatic. Stir occasionally. Remove from the heat. Let it cool down.
  4. Put walnuts and the remaining ingredients into a small electric mixer. Process into a thick paste. It’s done.

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How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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