Plant food is vitally important to our diets and we should be adding as much as possible to every meal! Some people are reluctant to give up eating meat due to traditions or conditioning in their society or family’s and it is important to receive all the amino acids and protein our body needs to function properly. If you are a meat eater, please stay away from mass produced, hormone and antibiotic laden meat, which comes from grain fed (usually GM) livestock. Choose free-range, grass fed, humanely reared livestock – the way our ancestors have done for centuries! Mass production of livestock has a bigger impact on our environment than carbon produced from factories or cars!
Anyway, that being said, it’s all about personal choice, and some of the recipes I will be posting will contain meat, but I will also be posting salad recipes and vegetarian options.
This recipe I’m sharing with you today was a last minute meal I put together for my kids as I was rushing out the door! I had lost track of time from spending way too much time on Social Media!
I often use a Slow Cooker – it’s one of the best investments I’ve ever made! If you don’t have one, I urge you to get one! They are reasonably priced and you don’t need a top of the range one for it to do the job!
LAMB SHANKS IN TOMATO SAUCE
2 x Lamb Shanks 1 x Onion, chopped 2 x Jars Organic Pureed Tomatoes (you can use Passata too)* 1 Tbsp Organic Honey Salt and Pepper to Season Brown the Lamb Shanks and season with salt and pepper. Place Lamb Shanks in the Slow Cooker. Use the same pan to fry the onions in a bit of olive oil or butter, until softened. Pour in the Tomato Puree or Passata. Heat through. Pour the mixture over the Lamb Shanks. Cover and turn on your slow cooker. Cook on High for 4 to 8 hrs, depending on how much time you have. The longer the better! Half an hour before serving, pull the meat from the bone with 2 forks! It should break up quite easily! Add your vegetables to the stew. I used Carrot and Asparagus, but you can use Broccoli, Cauliflower, Peas or Corn. If you'd like to add potatoes, it is best to do so right from the beginning as they take some time to cook in a slow cooker. Serve with Rice or if you're trying to cut back on Carbs, you can serve it with pureed pumpkin, pureed cauliflower or cauliflower 'rice'! The kids love this meal and it is highly nutritious! *When reading the labels on your Pureed Tomato Sauce (not to be confused with paste) or Passata, make sure there's no sugar or other ingredients added. You can also use Canned Tomatoes, but I try and stay clear of canned food, due to the Aluminium and also the plastic they use to line the cans with (it contains BPA)!