Lamb Shank Love!

Lamb Shanks are delicious! Am I right? I just love cooking them slow so the meat falls of the bone and melts in  your mouth. My challenge – how many meals could I get out of three lamb shanks?

When you can pick them up at a really reasonable price and they can also be a nice economical meal option!

Recently I picked up three large lamb shanks for about $12 from good ol’ Pak ‘N’ Save and decided to see if I could create at least three different meals out of them for my husband and I.

I started by sealing them in a pan, cooking up a spicy tomato-based sauce and slow-cooking them in a crock pot for at least 24 hours.

From this I was able to not only get three decent evening meals, but also leftovers for lunches for most of the week for both Tim and myself!

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Meal 1:

Warm Lamb Salad

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 Roast a few of your favourite veggies and create your favourite salad, topped with pulled lamb from one of your shanks!  

Meal 2:

Pulled Lamb with Turkish Pilaf

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This Turkish Pilaf recipe is another nice and simple dish that can be cooked entirely in the rice cooker!

Recipe

60g butter, melted

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 Spanish onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, crushed

1 tsp lightly crushed cardamom seeds

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp tumeric

1 bay leaf

1 tsp salt

3 (rice cooker) cups of Basmati rice, washed

6 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup shelled pistachio nuts, finely chopped

100g chopped dried apricots & 100g chopped dried figs

2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander

Place butter and oil into the removable cooking bowl. Press selector control to “Cook”. Heat for 1 minute, add onion, garlic, spices, bay leaf, salt and pepper. Cook for 2 mins, stirring constantly. Add rice, stir to coat in oil. Add stock, cover with lid and cook until selector switches to “Warm”.

Stir rice and fold through nuts, apricots, figs and coriander.

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Meal 3:

Lamb Curry with Cauliflower Rice

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With the final Lamb Shank, I added some extra veggies and tomatoes to the sauce that I cooked the shanks in and turned it into the curry!  This lasted us for another couple of meals!

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