A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food

Mar 24, 2016

03/24/16 - 1:30pm - Syndicated food columnist Linda Gassenheimer, Special wine correspondent Fred Tasker and WLRN hosts Joseph Cooper and Bonnie Berman interview with Dana Gunders author of Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook: A Guide to Eating Well and Saving Money By Wasting Less Food.  She shows us how to reduce food waste in our kitchens, how to use a refrigerator properly and how to shop smarter.  

~~Dinner in Minutes~~

Herb Crusted Lamb Steak with Wild Mushroom Rice Pilaf – perfect for Easter weekend

A steak cut from the leg of lamb is tender and juicy and cooks in minutes. The herbed breadcrumb coating makes this dish special with little effort. It’s a quick meal great for a week-night dinner or exciting enough for this Easter weekend.  Lamb is coming into its own. It’s leaner and lighter. If the lamb steak is not in the meat case, ask for 2 steaks about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick cut from the leg.  It is cut right through the leg making a round steak with a small bone in the center.

For a pilaf the rice is first sautéed and then slowly cooked in liquid until all of the liquid is absorbed.  The result is a flavorful dish as the rice absorbs the cooking liquid and the natural juice from the mushrooms in this dish.

Any type of wild mushroom can be used for the rice dish. Or use a mixture of mushrooms including white button mushrooms.



2 6-ounce lamb steaks center cut from leg, fat removed

2 medium garlic cloves, crushed

1/4 cup plain bread crumbs

1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried)

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Preheat broiler.  Line baking tray with foil.  Remove as much fat as possible from lamb.  Place on tray and broil 5 inches from heat for 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, mix garlic, bread crumbs and sage together.  Blend in mustard and add salt and pepper to taste.  Turn lamb steak over and broil 3 minutes.  Remove from broiler and spoon bread crumb mixture over each lamb steak.  Return to boiler for 2 minutes.  Makes 2 servings.


1 teaspoon olive oil

4 ounces shiitaki mushrooms, washed, cut into large dice (about 2 cups)

3 garlic cloves, crushed

1/2 cup long-grain, white rice

1 cup fat-free, low-salt chicken broth

1/4 cup fresh chives, snipped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet on medium-high heat and add mushrooms, garlic and rice.  Sauté 2 minutes.  Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer.  Lower heat to medium, cover with a lid and cook, gently, 15 minutes. Rice will be cooked and liquid evaporated. If rice becomes too dry before it is finished cooking, add a little more broth.  Add snipped chives and salt and pepper to taste. Makes 2 servings.

 Nutrition InformationHERB CRUSTED LAMB STEAK:Per serving: 295 calories (31 percent from fat), 10.2 g fat (3.4 g saturated, 3.9 g monounsaturated), 108 mg cholesterol, 36.9 g protein, 11.9 g carbohydrates, 0.9 g fiber, 392 mg sodium. WILD MUSHROOM RICE PILAF:Per serving: 227 calories (11 percent from fat), 2.9 g fat (0.4 g saturated, 1.8 g monounsaturated), no cholesterol, 7.5 g protein, 43.1 g carbohydrates, 2.0 g fiber, 291 mg sodium.Shopping List

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for tonight’s Dinner in Minutes.

To buy: 2 6-ounce lamb steaks center cut from leg, 1 container plain breadcrumbs, 1 bunch fresh sage or 1 bottle dried sage, 1/4 pound shiitaki mushrooms and 1 small bunch chives.

Staples: Garlic, Dijon mustard, olive oil, long-grain white rice, fat-free, low-salt chicken broth, salt and black peppercorns.

Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints:

  • Garlic is used in both recipes.  Prepare once and divide accordingly.
  • Rib or loin chops can also be used instead of lamb steak.
  • The fastest way to chop chives is to snip them with a scissors.


  • Preheat broiler.
  • Start rice pilaf.
  • Make lamb.

Copyright © Linda Gassenheimer

Linda Gassenheimer is the author of 20 books including her newest, The Flavors of the Florida Keys and Fast and Flavorful: Great Diabetes Meals from Market to Table.  Follow Linda on Twitter: @LGassenheimer, Facebook: Linda Gassenheimer