Grilled Lamb Chops with Eggplant Salad

Here we grill eggplant slices and red onion to toss in a salad with fresh mint and parsley to accompany grilled lamb chops. Serve with whole-grain rice pilaf and green beans.

Makes 4 servings

ACTIVE TIME: 35 minutes

TOTAL TIME: 35 minutes


1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound), peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
1 medium red onion, sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
Canola or olive oil cooking spray
Juice of 1 lemon
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt, divided
Pinch of cayenne pepper
8 lamb loin chops, 1-1 1/2 inches thick, trimmed (1 1/2-1 3/4 pounds total)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1. Preheat grill to medium-high.

2. Spray both sides of eggplant and onion rounds with cooking spray. Grill the vegetables, turning once, until browned on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a cutting board. When cool enough to handle, chop the eggplant and onion and combine in a medium bowl with lemon juice, parsley, mint, oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cayenne.

3. Meanwhile, sprinkle lamb chops with pepper and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Grill the chops until browned on both sides and cooked to desired doneness, about 4 minutes per side for medium. Serve with the eggplant salad.

NUTRITION INFORMATION: Per serving: 260 calories; 12 g fat (4 g sat, 6 g mono); 81 mg cholesterol; 11 g carbohydrate; 27 g protein; 5 g fiber; 659 mg sodium; 674 mg potassium.
Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (28% daily value), Potassium (19% dv), Folate (15% dv).
1/2 Carbohydrate Serving
Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat

From EatingWell Magazine July/August 2009

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