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Looking to break out of the holiday meat routine? Turkey for Thanksgiving and ham for Christmas and Easter? Consider taking a nutritious note from Orthodox Easter traditions and make lamb the main course at your holiday meal this year.

Besides being nutritious, lamb also has the benefit of being extremely lean with a three-ounce serving having only 175 calories, meeting the Food and Drug Administration’s definition for lean protein. In addition to being an excellent source of protein, with 23 grams of protein per three-ounce serving, lamb is a powerhouse of other important nutrients including three B vitamins (B-12, niacin and riboflavin) that help keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and minerals selenium, zinc and iron.

Because of its lean composition, lamb lends itself to slow-cooked stews or to high-heat, quick-cooking methods, such as searing in a skillet or grilling to add flavor while keeping the meat juicy and tender. But don’t just take our word for it, check out some of the delicious ideas for including lamb and other delicious protein choices at your next meal or holiday dinner at the Best Food Facts Pinterest page. Share your inspirations with us on Twitter @BestFoodFacts or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

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