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Healthy Real Food Recipes

Spiced Lamb Patties with Tahini


This dish had us at lemon and tahini. Perfect combo of flavors. No pita necessary to enjoy the fullest expression of this dish. Top with a little Greek yogurt to make it sing. Last time we made this, Mark said he could have it four nights straight. Seems complicated with a side sauce and side salad, but if I can make it on any ol' week night, anyone can.



  • 2 T fresh lemon juice

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 T avocado oil

  • 1 tsp kosher salt, plus more

  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper, plus more

  • 1 pound ground lamb

  • ½ medium onion, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

  • ½ tsp ground coriander

  • ½ tsp ground cumin

  • ¼ small head of red cabbage, thinly sliced

  • ¼ English hothouse cucumber, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced

  • 2 radishes, thinly sliced



  • Using your hands, gently mix lamb, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, 2 T avocado oil, 1 tsp. salt, and ½ tsp. pepper in a large bowl just to combine. Form into twelve ¾” thick patties.

  • Heat a dry large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium heat. Working in 2 batches, cook patties, pressing slightly to flatten, until browned on the outside but still pink in the center, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to wire rack set inside a rimmed baking sheet; let rest 5 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, toss cabbage, cucumber, radishes, 2-4 T lemon juice (depending on desired tartness) and 2 T olive oil in a medium bowl; season with salt and pepper.

  • Serve with salad and tahini sauce and/or tzatziki (below).

  • Option: serve with pita, naan, dollop of Greek yogurt or tzatziki (as below) if you eat gluten and dairy.


Tahini Sauce

  • 1/2 cup organic tahini (sesame seed paste)

  • you may need to add some water to thin it up a bit 

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice

  • 1 tsp parsley, finely chopped (optional)

  • Blend all ingredients in Vitamix.

  • Will have extra, so perhaps cut recipe in half.



  • 1 cup Greek whole milk yogurt

  • 1 English cucumber, seeded, finely grated and drained

  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced

  • 1 tsp lemon zest 

  • 2 T fresh lemon juice

  • 2 T chopped fresh dill

  • Combine all ingredients, season with salt and pepper to taste, add more lemon if you want it tart.

  • Will have extra, so perhaps cut recipe in half.


Serves: 3-4

Time: 30 minutes with prep - super easy!


HEARTFUL RECIPE - One of our real food recipes that focuses on veggies, protein, healthy fats and/or healthy carbs and doesn't include gluten, dairy, soy, refined sugar, corn or peanuts.


Write-up by Pam.




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