I love food. So much so that in my years I’ve eaten live worms, fish eyes and a few other outrageous foods that most people would gag at the thought of. Ironically, there’s one not-so-outrageous food that I absolutely get queasy at the thought of_ lamb. I think it’s the only food in the world that I won’t eat. I don’t remember eating lamb as a kid — maybe that has something to do with it — but regardless, even when I visited Chile, a country renown for this succulent meat, I couldn’t ingest a single bite, so believe me, I’ve tried.

But just because I don’t enjoy a certain food doesn’t mean that I don’t want my kids to have a chance to decide for themselves what they like, so recently I got over my fear of lamb and seared them up some simple baby lamb chops. My kids must not have inherited my distaste for lamb because my two little carnivores proceeded to voraciously dip the chops in the yogurt mint sauce and pick the bones clean of any trace of meat. They were in heaven to say the least. I could swear the look on both of their faces meant, “why have you never given us this before?!”

I always try to remind myself that just because I have certain likes and dislikes, it doesn’t mean my kids will share them. Who’s knows, maybe your kids will end up loving live worms or fish eyes. Don’t worry, I won’t be posting recipes on weelicious for Snail Smoothies or Firefly Frittatas anytime soon, but don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it. 😉

Baby Lamb Chops with Yogurt Mint Sauce (Serves 4)

1 Cup Yogurt
2 Tbsp Fresh Mint, chopped
Pinch of Salt
1 Tbsp Lime Juice
1 Small Garlic Clove, minced
1/4 Tsp Ground Cumin
1/4 Tsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Canola or Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 Lbs Individual Baby Lamb Chops (cut into single chops)
2 Tsp Kosher Salt

1. Place the first 7 ingredients in a bowl, stir to combine and set aside.
2. Season the lamb chops with salt on both sides.
3. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in an ovenproof large sauté pan over medium-high heat and cook lamb chops for 4 minutes on each side (for medium to medium rare).
4. Allow the lamb to rest for 5 minutes.
5. Serve with sauce.


Baby Lamb Chops with Yogurt Mint Sauce

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Author: Catherine McCord


  • 1 Cup yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, chopped
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 small garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 Tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 Tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 1/2 Lbs Individual Baby Lamb Chops (cut into single chops)
  • 2 Tsp kosher salt



    Sodium: 1430mg | Sugar: 5g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Calories: 290kcal | Fat: 12g | Protein: 38g | Carbohydrates: 6g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. Cathrine, Curious what you at for dinner while your little carnivores were devouring the lamb 🙂 I can’t wait to try this…

    2. My two toddlers love lamb, so does everyone else in our family. My 18month old is fussy with her read meat she likes to be able to “hold it” with her hands which is why lamb chops are a fantastic solution for her,my 4 year old on the other hand will just devour any red meat placed in front of her apart from mince she can’t stand mince for some reason.
      My girls can be quite picky when they want to be, for example when it comes to white meat like chicken my 18mont old is not a real fan of roast or baked chicken but loves nuggets so once a week I will let her eat some chicken nuggets instead of roast chicken as long as she eats her vegetables. I love all foods except for pork I can’t digest it properly, but apart from that my husband and I are all round food lovers and try to encourage our children to be the same,kids will be kids and you just have to give positive reinforcement it goes a long way instead of getting angry or frustrated at them, and it is not a crime to substitute some foods sometimes for example if your toddler doesn’t want to eat mashed potato but loves MacDonald fries then make some homemade fries they are inexpensive and healthy if you don’t use oil or fats and the kids are getting the same nutrition as they would from the mash its just in a different form, as long as they are eating from all different food groups then the form it comes in shouldn’t be a real issue.

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