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4 Lamb Recipes for the Easter Holiday

Dishes include spring lamb stew and braised lamb shanks, plus 4 in-season vegetable sides

Lamb shank with side dish, Recipes for Easter (Michael Hart/Getty Images)

Celebrate the Easter holiday with savory lamb and the season's best veggies. — Michael Hart/Getty Images

Lamb is a traditional Easter dish for many families who — often depending on their backgrounds — prepare it in many different ways.

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These recipes draw inspiration from Moroccan, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisines, resulting in some delicious and unique dishes to serve on the holiday (or anytime). We looked to in-season vegetables such as asparagus, artichokes and peas for delectable sides.

1. Spring Lamb Stew With Artichokes, Dill and Lemon Egg Broth

by Susanna Hoffman

Lamb, egg and lemon are a classic combination in Greek cuisine, and this recipe adds artichokes and dill. You could substitute fava beans or freshly shelled peas for the artichokes.

Per serving: 431 calories, 4g saturated fat, 46g carbohydrates, 39g protein, 21g fiber, 766mg sodium

2. Braised Lamb Shanks With Garlic and Rosemary

by Lora Brody

This easy slow-cooker recipe, inspired by southern French cuisine, fills your house with delicious aromas. The hands-off cooking method allows time to prep your sides and dessert.

Per serving: 436 calories, 5g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 65g protein, 1g fiber, 878mg sodium

3. Lamb Braised With Green Peas and Preserved Lemons

by Victoria Blashford-Snell and Brigitte Hafner

This dish is best when made a day or two before serving and refrigerated. Fresh herbs are nice complements to the springtime green peas.

Per serving: 652 calories, 19g saturated fat, 11g carbohydrates, 34g protein, 3g fiber, 1370mg sodium

4. Savory Lamb Shanks With Eggplant and Barley

by Judith Finlayson

Mediterranean-inspired with a bit of Moroccan influence, this hearty dish combines lamb with meaty eggplant and nutty barley for another slow-cooker success.

Per serving: 480 calories, 4g saturated fat, 33g carbohydrates, 51g protein, 9g fiber, 722mg sodium

Next page: These 4 side dishes make perfect accompaniments to your lamb entree. »

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