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October 22, 2018

Fall Harvest Bowl with American Lamb Meatballs


Recipe Provided By
"Two Purple Figs"
Prep Time

10 min

Cook Time

40 min

Total Time

50 min



Fall Harvest Bowl with American Lamb Meatballs


American Lamb Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground American Lamb
  • 1/4 cup parsley and mint leaves combined, minced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili flakes (more or less to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin

Roasted Fall Veggies

  • 4 cups sweet potatoes or squash, peeled, cubed
  • 3 cups Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 3 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Perfect Tahini Sauce

  • 1/4 cup tahini paste
  • 1 large lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 4 tablespoons cold water
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin seeds 

Fall Harvest Bowls

  • 4 leaves Swiss chard (optional)
  • 3 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups beets, sliced (cooked or canned)
  • 2 cups chickpeas (canned or cooked)
  • 4 pears, cored, sliced or halved
  • 4 scallions, cut into 2-inch sticks
  • 3 avocados, peeled, sliced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • American Lamb Meatballs (recipe follows)
  • Roasted Fall Veggies (recipe follows)
  • Perfect Tahini Sauce (recipe follows)


For the Roasted Fall Veggies: Line two baking sheets with parchment paper; place sweet potatoes on one sheet, Brussels sprouts on the other. Season all equally with oregano, salt and pepper; drizzle with oil. Toss veggies; roast at 425°F until tender. Depending on the veggie, this takes anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes. 

For the American Lamb Meatballs: In a large bowl, combine lamb, parsley, garlic, oregano, salt, pepper, allspice, chili flakes and cumin. Shape into 1-1/2-inch meatballs. In a skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil; sear meatballs until golden. Finish by cooking in a 425°F oven for 15 minutes, or finish by covering the skillet and continue cooking over medium-high heat until cooked through, about 20 minutes. The meatballs can also be grilled over medium heat, covered, for 20 minutes. 

For the Perfect Tahini Sauce: In a bowl, whisk tahini with lime juice and salt. Whisk in water; add cumin. Adjust seasonings to taste. Add more water if needed to thin sauce; add tahini paste if a thicker sauce is desired. 

To assemble the Fall Harvest Bowls: Place a Swiss chard leaf at the bottom of each plate; arrange tomatoes, beets, chickpeas, pears, scallions, avocados, cucumber and Roasted Fall Veggies in the order preferred, with American Lamb Meatballs in the center of the plate. Drizzle Tahini Sauce over the bowls, keeping extra on the side.

USDA recommends the following time and temperature parameters

Ground Lamb

Internal temperature of 160°F

All Other Cuts

Internal temperature of 145°F, with a 3 minute rest

American Lamb Meatballs
Fall Harvest Bowl with American Lamb Meatballs and sauce on top
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