Baby and You

Lamb Shanks With Barley Garden Peas And Mint

Here’s five simple, delicious and satisfying recipes from The Good Carbs Cookbook to keep you feeling fuller for longer

PREP: 15 minutes
SERVES: 6
COOKING TIME: 2 hours

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 large lamb shanks
1 brown onion, chopped
About 4 cups (1 litre/35 fl oz) chicken stock
1½ cups (300 g/10½ oz) pearl barley
1½ cups (235 g/8½ oz) garden peas
1 handful mint leaves
Grated zest and juice of 1 large orange
Sea salt flakes and freshly ground pepper

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F (fan 160°C/315°F).

2 Place a large casserole dish on the stovetop over medium-high heat. Pour in the oil and, when hot, add the shanks and brown all over, turning occasionally, for about 8 minutes.

3 Push the shanks to the side of the dish slightly and reduce the heat. Add the onion and cook for about 8 minutes, or until golden. Pour in the stock, bring to a lively simmer, cover and place in the oven for about 1½ hours, or until the shanks are tender.

4 Rinse the barley, drain and add it to the casserole dish, making sure it is covered in liquid. If not, add a little more stock. Cover and cook for about 25–30 minutes, or until the barley is al dente, adding the peas in the last 5 minutes of cooking.

5 Roughly chop half of the mint and stir it in with the orange zest and juice, and salt and pepper to taste.

6 Using forks, pull the meat from the bone and serve with the barley and pea mixture, garnished with the remaining mint leaves.

The Good Carbs Cookbook (Murdoch Books, £16.99) by Dr Alan Barclay, Kate McGhie and Philippa Sandall. Photography by Alan Benson.