A round up of my favorite Irish foods and green food creations to serve during St. Patrick’s Day.
Even if you have your St. Patrick’s Day meal plan already laid out, you’ll still want to pin this post to your Holiday board for next year. Hoover over any picture and a pin button will appear! St. Patrick’s Day is here, and why we go crazy for it here in American I’m not sure. Oh wait, yes I do, because it’s FUN. We are very busy, overworked people and if we can make anything fun by wearing a certain color or eating fun food on an otherwise ordinary day, then why not?
Thing is, truth is, as a mom I feel like there’s all this pressure. I love Pinterest, but it also fills my head with pictures of a perfect life that I think in most cases isn’t really realistic or even real at all. Every year I think things get amped up a little bit more than the year before. We start out making corned beef and cabbage for dinner, then several years down the road we now have leprechaun dolls visiting our kids, bringing treats, turning our toilet water green, serving us green pancakes and green milk for breakfast, green candy in our lunch and it goes on and on. Which can be fine…but this mom is taking a step back and trying to simplify life.
I’m also getting over finding every excuse to give my kids treats, and celebrating everything with more sugar. I’m not the sugar police, but I don’t think it’s a healthy thing to have on a very regular basis. I’m also still a foodie at heart, and sharing good food with those I love is something I just can’t help! There’s no two ways about it, food does ad a specialness to holidays and events. I’m just saying it doesn’t have to be unhealthy, or loaded with sugar.
You get me? Okay, so enough food philosophy and onto the recipes!
I love the idea of serving traditional Irish meals during the week of St. Patrick’s Day. It also works well that most of these are comfort foods, perfect for the colder spring weather.
Have you tried my Irish Cottage Pie? All the layers of flavors are oh, so satisfying. You’ll be looking forward to leftovers the next day!
This traditional Colcannon is sure to change the way you’ve looked at cabbage forever!
This Irish Potato Leek Soup from Simply Recipes is perfect for those cold spring days.
This hearty Irish Stew is what I crave after a day of spring skiing.
If you haven’t attempted Corned Beef and Cabbage, this slow cooker recipe from the Cookie Rookie is a great one to try.
All these heavy dishes need to be lightened up a bit and my Arugula & Fennel Salad would be a delicious way to do that and keep with the green theme we’ve got going on for St. Patrick’s Day.
These last few recipes aren’t necessarily Irish, but they’re definitely green and will put you in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Plus, I’m willing to bet your kids will love them.
This Green Smoothie by Whole Living Lauren is a great way to start St. Patrick’s Day on a healthy note. Plus, serve it with a gold straw and you’ll totally hit the jackpot with your family.
I love these Green Fruit Skewers from Creative Juice, they would be perfect in everyone’s lunch as a nice little surprise.
I bet your kids can’t resist these Veggie Rainbows by Kids Activity Blog. They made green hummus in their recipe, but if you’re not eating beans this would work great with guacamole.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!