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Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks

Slow cooked meat is great for babies. These lamb shanks are an easy meal, and there is so much added nutrition and flavour as the meat is cooked on the bone.

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Slow cooked lamb shanks are a great first food for babies as lamb has a reasonably good iron content of 3.6mg/100g. It is also high in B vitamins, fat and zinc.

By slow cooking the lamb it becomes super soft and tender making it easy to puree, mash or shred for your baby, making this dish easy to modify for your babies stage of feeding and mode. 

It is also a great meal for the whole family, and slow cooking means you can set it in the morning and leave until it is ready to serve at dinner . 


2 large lamb shanks or 4 small (Serves 4) 

1 cup of plain flour for coating the lamb shanks 

4 cloves of garlic chopped 

1 onion chopped in quarters

1 large carrot cut in chunky pieces

2 stalks of celery cut in chunky pieces 

2 cups of whole button mushrooms 

1 x tin of chopped tomatoes 

4 x  cups of stock (i use a homemade vegetable stock), if using store bought ensure it is low salt or salt free

4 x bay leaves 

Parsley (optional)


Pour 1 cup of plain flour onto a flat dish or plate and roll the lamb shanks in flour until they are coated on all sides. 

Brown the lamb shanks in a fry pan over high heat until brown on each side and remove from the fry pan, add them straight into the slow cooker. 

Set your slow cooker on high and add to the lamb the chopped garlic, onions, chopped veg, tinned tomato, vegetable stock and bay leaves. 

Cook on high for 7 hours until the meat is falling off the bone (I left mine cooking for 8 the other day as i was out - don't worry you can't over cook it)

Once cooked pull the lamb shanks out gently. 

To thicken the sauce mix 1 tablespoon of corn flour mixed with half a cup of water and add it the sauce and vegetables, stir until it thickens

Serve the lamb shanks with some of the vegetables and sauce.

You could serve with a side of mash potatoes, polenta, rice etc. 

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