Slow Cooked Lamb with Pumpkin & Spinach
Sleep deprived and craving some comfort food, I created this nutritious recipe specifically to make me feel nice and cosy on the inside. Melbourne's weather had gotten the better of me and I just felt like treating my body to some nourishing deliciousness. So, it is full of goodness with the tender lamb and spinach giving you a lovely energy boost while the creamy pumpkin is full of fibre and anti-oxidant power. So simple and so good!
For this one pot wonder I use a cast iron casserole dish with a lid that can be used on the stove top and in the oven. If you do not have one you can use a fry pan for the first few steps and then pour the ingredients into a large baking dish.
Slow Cooked Lamb With Pumpkin & Spinach
- 1/4 cup flour
- 500g lamb, diced
- 1 clove of Garlic, diced
- 1 tablespoon of Olive Oil
- Small handfuls of fresh Rosemary & Oregano
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 1 cup diced Tomatoes (tinned or homemade)
- 1 kg Butternut Pumpkin, diced
- 3 cups Spinach, shredded
- Pepper & Salt
Pre-heat the oven to 160 degrees Celcius
- Toss the diced lamb through the flour, maybe with a little salt and pepper, until lightly coated.
- In a cast iron pot, heat the olive oil to medium heat and add the garlic. Cook until it starts to soften then add the herbs and stir.
- Throw in the lamb and cook until the outsides start to brown and turn golden.
- Add the chicken stock and tomatoes. Bring to boil and then lower to simmer.
- Stir through the pumpkin cubes then place the lid on top. Cook on low heat for about 20 minutes and then remove to the oven.
- Cook for 2.5 hours before removing the lid and cooking for a further 25 minutes. Add extra hot stock and lower the heat if it starts to dry out too much.
- Remove from the oven and stir through the spinach then place the lid back on for about 5 minutes. This will help steam the spinach, locking in the nutrients.
- Serve in bowls with some crusty bread and perhaps a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Add some more pepper and a little salt if you like.