Couscous with pomegranate-glazed lamb

An excellent pre-session meal that will tantalise the taste buds

(serves 4)

Ingredients

For the lamb…
8 lamb cutlets, trimmed
2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
2 tsp ras-el-hanout or Moroccan spice mix
Seeds of one pomegranate
2 tbsp pomegranate juice
50g shelled walnuts
25g fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the couscous…
250g couscous, wholemeal if you can get it
2 cardamom pods, roughly smashed with a pestle and mortar
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp olive oil

Preparation time Optional 24hrs to marinate plus 5mins
Cooking time 15mins
Equipment  Mixing bowl, dish, grill pan, baking tray, small saucepan

 

Directions

  1. Combine the pomegranate molasses, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and spice mix. Put the cutlets in a dish and coat with the mixture. Cover and leave to marinate for up to 24hrs.
  2. Place the couscous in a bowl with the salt, cardamom pods and olive oil. Pour over 300ml of boiling water, stir and leave for around 5mins (check the pack for exact amount of water and how long to leave it for). After 5mins, fluff up the couscous gently with a fork.
  3. Heat the grill to high. Remove the lamb cutlets from the marinade, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and place on a piece of aluminium foil. Grill for about 8-10mins, depending on the size of the cutlets. Meanwhile, toast the walnuts on a baking tray in the oven for 5mins at 160°C.
  4. When the cutlets are cooked, gently heat the remaining marinade plus any meat juices in a small saucepan. Add pomegranate juice and boil until sauce thickens a little. Add the pomegranate seeds and heat through for 1min. Serve cutlets and couscous on warmed plates. Drizzle sauce over and around cutlets, and decorate with toasted walnuts and coriander leaves. Serve with a crisp green salad.

 

Background

Pomegranate molasses combined with aromatic Moroccan spices gives these lamb cutlets a beautiful ruby glaze and a rich, vibrant sauce with a distinct sweet-tart flavour. Mop the juices up with the deliciously fragrant couscous. This meal will not only put a smile on your face but also provide you with a healthy mix of sustaining carbohydrate, good-quality protein, and plenty of vitamins and minerals to power you through your training programme.

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