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20-minute Meal: Lamb Cutlets with Pesto Sauce Recipe

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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

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  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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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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