This recipe for braised lamb shanks is nutrient dense, paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP) friendly, delicious and comforting, easy to prepare, and even budget conscious! And with the use of a pressure cooker, what would typically be an all day dish is something you can make after a long day at work. What more could you ask for?
Lamb – It (should be) what’s for dinner!
Lamb is an excellent source of B vitamins (vitamin B12, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid), zinc, phosphorous, selenium, magnesium, potassium, and copper. Plus, if it is grass fed (as most lamb is), it’s beneficial omega 3 fatty acid content is nearly as good as that of fish.
So, we know that lamb is worth including into your diet from time to time, even though it is generally more expensive than other meats. I picked these organic grass fed lamb shanks up at our local grocery store in large part because they were only $6.99 a pound, which is still more than I like spending on meat but a bit cheaper than the ground lamb or boneless leg of lamb and much, much cheaper than the rack of lamb or lamb chops sitting next to it in the refrigerator case.
But then I got them home and had no idea what to do with them, until I started paging through a new addition to my cookbook collection, The Great Big Pressure Cooker Book by Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough.
Written with directions for both stovetop and electric pressure cookers, this massive tome has 500 recipes for everything from breakfast to dessert, including two for lamb shanks. This recipe is my AIP-friendly adaptation of one of those, which I created and tested in my favorite kitchen appliance – the Instant Pot.
Notes for healing diets
- Paleo Autoimmune Protocol (AIP): Totally compliant for all stages, including elimination.
- Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD): Coconut aminos is not legal. Omit and replace with additional vinegar, or consider using the soy sauce substitute recipe from this cookbook.
- Low-FODMAP: Unfortunately, the flavor in this recipe is dependent on the onions, garlic, and figs – all of which are high FODMAP ingredients.
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