Greek Yoghurt Marinade for Lamb Kebabs

2016-05-19
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  • Servings : 2
  • Prep Time : 5m
  • Cook Time : 12m
  • Ready In : 4:15 h

Following on from my other ‘Greek’ Style healthy recipes (my Santorini Salad & Homemade Tzatziki Dip), here is a recipe for a Greek yoghurt based marinade that tastes INCREDIBLE. I’ve always been intrigued by ‘marinades’ for meat (and in this case lamb) and set about creating a ‘nic’s nutrition super healthy one’ with fat-free Greek yoghurt.

 

Marinating meat may sound like a hassle but all you do is mix a load of things together, throw in your chopped meat and leave it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it; I’ve left mine 4 hours before – preparing it just after lunch on a Saturday and eating it for dinner, as well as overnight). The end result is the most amazing tasting, tender meat.

 

These lamb kebabs taste delicious and having grilled them I do wonder if they’d taste even better on the BBQ! I served these kebabs with wild rice (and sweet potato wedges) and salad but they would go equally well in a tortilla wrap with tzatziki dip.

 

Nutritional stats shown are for 1/4 of the marinade made with 0% Greek yoghurt (as only ~1/4 ends up on 1/2 of the meat!).

 

Ingredients

  • 130g (1/2 cup) Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic granules/2-4 crushed garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt*
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Meat - I used 360g lamb leg steak (diced & trimmed of fat)
  • Vegetable chunks e.g. red onion, mushrooms, whole cherry tomatoes, peppers

*I use celtic sea salt which has an incredible taste as well as more minerals than regular table salt.

 

Healthy Lamb Kebabs

Healthy Lamb Kebabs

 

Method

Step 1

Combine the yoghurt, lemon juice, paprika, garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil in a bowl before adding your meat and mixing well

Step 2

Cover the marinated meat and leave to chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours

Step 3

If you're using wooden skewers don't forget to soak them in water first so they don't burn (I prefer the metal skewers!) .. then slide on a vegetable chunk, followed by meat chunk (shake off any excess marinade) and repeat until full

Step 4

Grill your skewers until the meat is cooked (mine took around 6 minutes on each side)

Step 5

Serve with salad (I had spinach leaves with avocado, tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and olive oil) and wild rice or sweet potato wedges

Do let me know if you try this marinade with any other types of meat and what you think of it!

 

Healthy Lamb Kebabs

 

UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who sends me pictures of my recipes on Twitter & Facebook - here are a selection!!

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*lamb kebabs with 3 grain tabbouleh (Middle East Bulgar Salad – using quinoa, giant couscous & pearl barley)

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Chicken Kebabs*Chicken kebabs

King prawns*Tiger prawns instead of lamb *yum*

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Lamb kebabs*With tzatziki on the side!

Turkey Kebabs

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    29Kcal
  • Carbs

    1.8g
  • Protein

    3.3g
  • Fat

    1g

Recipe Comments

Comments (16)

  1. posted by Sarah Hamilton on July 30, 2013

    Yum!! Huge lamb fans in our house – I may prep these this weekend and get my husband to do them on the BBQ :)

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on July 30, 2013

      Oooh do let me know how they go! Lamb is a big hit in my home too!! Nic x

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  2. posted by Sarah on July 31, 2013

    Would this work on the George foreman?x

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    • posted by Emma on August 1, 2013

      OOOh I’d not considered the George Foreman!! I will try that tonight! :D

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      • posted by Nics Nutrition on August 1, 2013

        Do let me know! I had a George Foreman at uni but ended up having to bin it (oops – uni standards).. I must reinvest!! :)

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on August 1, 2013

      Ooh I don’t see why not! So let me know! Nic x

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  3. posted by Jo on August 5, 2013

    I tried this recipe with chicken and it was de-lish !! I marinaded the chicken overnight and the smell was amazing when I went to prepare them. I took them to a BBQ and everyone loved them…I added extra garlic & chilli too to give them an extra kick. Highly recommendable :) thanks again for another very yummy recipe Nic x

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on August 5, 2013

      Oooh thank you so much for letting me know! That sounds amazing. I’ll def be trying this with chicken too and on the barbie – do tweet me a pic next time! Thank you! Nic xx

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  4. posted by Neil McLeod on August 18, 2013

    Hi just a quick comment to say how delicious the recipe is and how quick and easy it is to make I’ve also done this with chicken which is equally as good if not better (just my opinion) thanks for putting it up for us nic
    Neil

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on August 18, 2013

      Thanks for your comment and great picture Neil! Can’t wait to re make this with chicken – And I bet it would taste good with turkey too! Nic x

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      • posted by Neil McLeod on August 18, 2013

        Think we’re gonna give fresh king prawns a go too

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        • posted by Nics Nutrition on August 18, 2013

          OOOoh fab idea, let me know!

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  5. posted by Aisha on September 3, 2013

    I did this today. Absolutely amazing. I added some mint to the recipe

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on September 4, 2013

      Hi Aisha! OOh I love the addition of mint – hadn’t thought of that!! Will try it soon!! Thank you! Nic x

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  6. posted by Nisha on June 9, 2016

    Hoping to make this on the weekend but how many calories are in it? Inc the lamb and veg? We have a 700cal limit.

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    • posted by Nics Nutrition on June 11, 2016

      It will be way under that! Depends how much lamb you use. Use myfitnesspal to work it out :) x

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