Braised Lamb Shanks with Swiss Chard Recipe

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Braised Lamb Shanks with Swiss Chard
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  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Whisk flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon cardamom, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper in pie dish to blend. Working with 1 lamb shank at a time, coat shanks in seasoned flour. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 3 lamb shanks. Sauté until brown, turning occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer lamb to large roasting pan. Repeat with remaining 3 lamb shanks.
  2. Add half of green onions to same skillet. Reduce heat to low; stir 2 minutes. Add garlic; stir 30 seconds. Add tomatoes with juice, broth, raisins, tomato paste, remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 3/4 teaspoon cardamom, saffron, and cloves. Increase heat and bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Pour broth mixture over lamb.
  3. Cover roasting pan with foil; place in oven. Braise lamb until tender, turning every 30 minutes, about 2 1/2 hours. Transfer lamb to large rimmed baking sheet. Set pan aside.
  4. Meanwhile, cut center rib (including stem portion) from each chard leaf. Cut chard ribs crosswise into 1/2-inch-wide pieces. Stack several leaf halves at a time and cut crosswise into 1-inch-wide strips.
  5. Tilt roasting pan and spoon off all fat from top of sauce that pools at lower end. Set roasting pan over 2 burners. Add chard ribs and remaining green onions and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Return lamb to roasting pan. Cover and return to oven. Braise until chard ribs are tender, about 20 minutes. Uncover; mix chard leaves into pan juices. Return pan to oven and roast uncovered until chard softens, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  6. Transfer lamb to rimmed platter. Season chard mixture in pan to taste with salt and pepper. Spoon chard mixture over lamb. Sprinkle with parsley; serve with bulgur.
  7. Ingredient Info. Bulgur is available at some supermarkets and at natural foods stores.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 596.14 Kcal (2496 kJ)
Calories from fat 223.33 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24.81g 38%
Cholesterol 71.82mg 24%
Sodium 284.41mg 12%
Potassium 1034.54mg 22%
Total Carbs 67.61g 23%
Sugars 9.33g 37%
Dietary Fiber 12.54g 50%
Protein 28.34g 57%
Vitamin C 49mg 82%
Iron 5.7mg 32%
Calcium 119.3mg 12%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 155.39 Kcal (651 kJ)
Calories from fat 58.21 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6.47g 38%
Cholesterol 18.72mg 24%
Sodium 74.14mg 12%
Potassium 269.66mg 22%
Total Carbs 17.62g 23%
Sugars 2.43g 37%
Dietary Fiber 3.27g 50%
Protein 7.39g 57%
Vitamin C 12.8mg 82%
Iron 1.5mg 32%
Calcium 31.1mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 13.2
  • 15

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol,
  • good source of fiber

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