Delicious Dill Carrots, Steamed Asparagus, and a Lovely Braised Lamb Shank Recipe

By Health Coach Melanie Rathbun FMCHC

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow ~ Proverb.

The first day of spring has come and we’re well on our way to longer days filled with sunshine, flowers, new hopes, and new beginnings! What is your favorite part about spring?

We’ve been busy in the Horse Lover’s Kitchen preparing some traditional selections, including vegetables, that celebrate the harvest this time of year.  With Easter just around the corner, we’ve included a few extra recipes this month that could make for a well-balanced meal to share with loved ones. There is a recipe for dill carrots, steamed asparagus as well as a lovely braised lamb shank (with some garlic of course!).

In moderation, lamb is an excellent source of protein along with nutrients like iron, zinc, selenium, and vitamin B12. When selecting your lamb meat, it would be wise to pay attention to how it has been raised.  Feeding animals a grass-fed diet means that the meat is naturally more tender and lean, with a pure, mild flavor. 

Grass-fed meat is lower in saturated fat and higher in vitamin A, vitamin E, conjugated linoleic acid, and omega-3 fatty acids compared to grain-fed meat. 

Get to know your farmers who are producing grass-fed meats, and ask questions about the difference between grass-fed and conventionally-raised meats to gain a better understanding.  Find out what they feed the animals from start to finish. Farmers are passionate about what they do and are often happy to respond and help educate you on the vast differences in the quality of the livestock produced. You will likely come to appreciate the importance of selecting quality meats for you and your family.

Next up is carrots, which we all know are good for us, but why is that? This root vegetable is a great source of fiber, beta carotene, vitamin K1, potassium. and antioxidants.  They have also been linked to improved eye health.  Carrots get their bright orange color from beta carotene, which is an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A, which in turn has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer.

Finally, we’re on to asparagus. If you don’t already eat asparagus often, you might consider incorporating this tasty and nutritious addition into your diet. Asparagus is loaded with vitamin K, vitamin A,  and folate, and is a good source of antioxidants such as vitamin E, vitamin C, and glutathione.  It can be steamed, roasted, sauteed, or even eaten raw as a snack or added to salads, stir fries or egg frittatas. Asparagus is seasonal for spring and a welcome change to many folks this time of year. When purchasing asparagus, make sure the stalks are firm to the touch, able to stand up straight, and have a smooth texture. Avoid stalks that appear limp or wilted.  The tips of the asparagus should be closed and compact, free from spreading or softness.

We hope you have fun in your kitchens trying these recipes.  Have a lovely start to spring and a wonderful Easter Celebration!  From our kitchen to yours.


Braised Lamb Shanks (serves 4)


  • 2 lbs lamb shank
  • ½ t sea salt (divided)
  • 2 T extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrot (chopped)
  • 1 ½ pints bone broth
  • 6 garlic (clove peeled and left whole) - Learn how to grow your own
  • 1/16 oz thyme sprigs
  • 1 serving cinnamon stick (small)
  • 1 t orange zest
  • 2 T orange juice (freshly squeezed)


  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 F (176C). Season the lamb shanks on all sides with half of the salt.
  • In a Dutch oven or other large, oven-safe pot, heat half of the oil over medium-high heat on the stove. Brown the lamb on all sides, in batches if necessary, about 15 to 20 minutes.  Transfer the browned lamb shanks to a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and in the same pot add the remaining oil. Add the onions and carrots and sauté until the onions start to soften about 5 minutes.  Season with the remaining salt.  Add the bone broth to the onions and carrots followed by the garlic, thyme, cinnamon and orange zest.  Stir to combine.  Bring the bone broth liquid to a gentle boil then add lamb shanks back to the pot.
  • Cover the pot with a lid or foil and place in the oven. Braise the lamb covered for 75 minutes and then remove the lid and continue to cook uncovered for another 75 minutes, basting occasionally. Additional bone broth or water may need to be added to the pot if the braising liquid evaporates too quickly and the pot becomes dry.
  • Remove the lamb shanks from the pot and set aside to keep warm. Remove the thyme sprigs and cinnamon stick from the braising liquid and whisk the orange juice. Season with additional salt if needed.
  • Remove the lamb shanks from the pot and set aside to keep warm. Remove the thyme sprigs and cinnamon stick from the braising liquid and whisk the orange juice.  Season with additional salt if needed.
  • Divide the lamb shanks between plates and serve with the braising liquid as a sauce. Enjoy!


Roasted Carrots with Dill (serves 4)


  • 12 carrots (medium, peeled)
  • 3 T Extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ tsp sea salt (or more to taste)
  • 2 T fresh dill (chopped)


  • Pre-heat oven to 400F (204C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Slice carrots diagonally into 1.5-inch slices. Toss carrots, oil and salt in a medium bowl.  Spread across the baking sheet and roast for 20 minutes, or until slightly tender.
  • Remove the carrots from the oven and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle the dill over top and serve immediately.


Steamed Asparagus (4 servings)


  • 4 cups asparagus (woody ends trimmed *Optional: chopped in half)


  • Set the asparagus in a steaming basket over boiling water and cover. Steam for 3 to 5 minutes for thin asparagus, or 6 to 8 minutes for thick asparagus.  Try not to overcook. Enjoy!


If you  are interested in finding out more about how we can help you at BWC For Horse Lovers, you are welcome to:

Schedule Your Discovery Phone Call

Stay connected with news and updates!

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team. Your information will not be shared.


50% Complete

Two Steps and You Are In

Please complete the details below to be added to our mailing list. We promise to never share your details with others.