For over 1000 years, on March 17, the Irish have celebrated the religious feast day of St. Patrick. Early Irish immigrants to America brought with them the traditions of their St. Patrick’s Day celebration. It has become a day of commemorating everything Irish with a preponderance of shamrocks, leprechans, green beer and foods to warm ye ‘ol Irish spirit, whether you are of Irish heritage or not.
With St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, here are some tasty (but healthy) ways to celebrate with traditional Irish foods and a desserts that are green-inspired confections.
The website Irishabroad.com states that the salmon has been revered by the Irish from as far back in time as when Gaelic chieftains made it the centerpiece of their feasts. Here is a delicious appetizer of smoked salmon with tangy horseradish sauce.
Nothing exemplifies the Irish more than potatoes. While there are many variations of the classic potato-and-cabbage combination, a reviewer says that this Red Potato Colcannon is “F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C”.
At only 200 calories per serving, this Irish Stew with Beef and Guiness, provides a wonderful taste of Ireland that will be satisfying, yet kind to your waistline.
No Irish meal would be complete without a slice of dense warm brown soda bread fresh from the oven. This recipe uses baking soda instead of yeast to leaven it, so it can be a quick and easy addition to your meal.
To end your Irish feast you could either try a Pistachio Pudding Parfait or if you are feeling really adventurous, you could make a St. Patrick’s Day Spinach Cake, with healthful ingredients that will take away the guilt of your sugary indulgence.
To get you ready for St. Patrick’s Day next week, we’ll send you on your way with a traditional Irish blessing.
May you always have…
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.