Are you tired of fifteen minute meals? Struggle to get fifteen continuous minutes in the kitchen without a toddler up your leg? What I’d like to see more of is meals which may take longer to cook, but only take a few minutes to prepare and minimal supervision. I also want those recipes to be toddler and weaning friendly where possible. So I thought I’d share some of my own creations here.
This is the first one up – one pot lamb shanks with vegetables in a tasty sauce. This one will cost less than £10 to make but will feed two adults and a child (I tend to share some of my meat with Small Boy). Forgive the shoddy photo, the steam made it a bit fuzzy!
I usually get two lamb shanks for around £6-£8 depending on offers and I’m at the butcher or supermarket, but you can easily substitute shanks with a half shoulder of lamb if you see an offer.
What you Need:
- 2 lamb shanks (£6-£8)
- 1/2 Cauliflower (50p)
- 1/2 Bag (100g) of Curly Kale (50p)
- 400g tin of plum tomatoes (35p)
- 2 Stock Cubes from the cupboard – lamb, beef or veggie works well. Remember to use low salt if small people eating)
- Dessertspoon of herbs from the cupboard – I use rosemary but thyme, oregano or mixer herbs would all work
- 520g tin of new potatoes – I use these for speed and they’re also underrated.
Place the lamb in a large casserole dish.
Add the tomatoes. Fill the empty can with water and add that too.
Throw in the herbs and stock cubes.
Lid on and cook on 120 for four hours.
After four hours, add the veggies.
Slow cook for 2 hours.
After 6 hours it really is deliciously melt in the mouth but the veg still has a bit of bite. If you are sharing with small people pull some of the meat off the bone and serve with the veggies and some of the sauce. If, not, portion for two and serve. My two year old LOVES this! If have smaller ones who need a smoother meal, it’s easy to mash or blend quickly into a puree or a mushier consistency. You can also leave some of the veggies in for longer or use frozen cauliflower for a softer experience.