You could try something like osso bucco using what you have in the house and beef shanks instead of veal shanks. Here is a recipe I found online.
Or you could just cook the beef shanks with a bunch of veggies in broth (or water if you don't have broth) for a long time. The meat should fall off the bones and the veggies and liquid should make a really good sauce. That is what I would do.