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American Lamb

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Nutritionally Complete Protein

American lamb is a prime source of high-quality protein, vitamins and minerals.

Lamb's protein is nutritionally complete, with all 8 essential amino acids in the proper ratio. A 3-ounce serving provides 43-percent of an adult male's Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for protein.

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Lamb is also high in B vitamins, niacin, zinc and iron.

Compared to other meats, lamb contains very little marbling (internal fat throughout the meat.) Since most of the fat lamb does have is on the outside edges, it's easily trimmed. That means fewer calories -- only 176 in an average 3-ounce serving - or 7-percent of the average daily caloric intake recommended for a 23 to 50 year-old male.

A recent study also shows that only about 36-percent of the fat in lamb is saturated. The rest is mono or polyunsaturated, the "good" fat in one's diet.

American lamb has a wonderfully mild flavor that can be enhanced by a myriad of enticing marinades, simple herbs or robust spices, making it a perfect fit for today's trend toward more flavorful and healthful food.

Recipe: Lamb Pasta Primavera

1/2 pound lean ground American lamb
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise and sliced (1-1/2 cups)
1-1/2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
2 cups meatless spaghetti sauce
8 ounces spaghetti or linguini
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan or Asiago cheese

Combine ground lamb, 2 tablespoons cheese and garlic powder. Mix well and form into 24, 3/4-inch balls. Heat spaghetti sauce in a large saucepan. Add meatballs to sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer five minutes. Stir in zucchini and mushrooms; cook six to eight minutes more or until vegetables are tender. Cook pasta according to package direction; drain. Serve spaghetti and meatball mixture over pasta; top with remaining cheese. Yield: 4 Servings

Nutrition information per serving:
Calories: 501
Fat: 17g
Cholesterol: 57mg
Sodium: 867mg

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