Our absolute favorite holidays are ones that call for dressing up. Halloween, Purim, Gay Pride — all holidays that are much more fun when you deck yourself out in the festively appropriate gear. And because St. Patrick’s Day adds the element of threatening physical violence via a pinch to those who don’t don green, well, we’re just giddy when March 17 rolls around.
That is, until we see the garish, green food coloring-dyed eats and drinks that are offered as celebratory fare. We hate to burst your chemically hued bubble, but a drop of green dye does not a St. Patrick’s Day libation make. There are so many fun, delicious and, most-importantly, naturally green ingredients out there — pandan, green tea and basil, to name a few — that are just waiting to lend a hand to your St. Paddy’s Day menu.
Below are some of our favorite predominantly green dishes and drinks to give you greenspiration. So keep your pinching-fingers away from the food coloring dropper, and ready them for more-important things — like hurting your friends in the name of a holiday based around a saint.
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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?
With St. Patrick’s Day in full swing and the first day of spring finally in sight, there are plenty of reasons to go green this week. But if you’re tired of celebrating with the same old emerald-tinted beer and bagels, consider a dish that skips the food coloring entirely. An array of verdant veggies and herbs, including freshly shelled peas and snips of mint, gives this salad its festive hue, while another lime-colored ingredient — chopped pistachios — adds texture and crunch. Drizzle on the sweet-zesty dressing made from Dijon mustard, red wine vinegar and honey and you’ll have a fresh, all-natural nod to the Emerald Isles.
Pea, Feta and Mint Salad
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It’s more than just alliteration; it’s a statement, a proclamation that Thursdays are when the weekend should really start. Kicking it off right is the key, and what better way than with a cocktail that not only takes the edge off, but tastes good too. A hard thing to disagree with, we know. Drink up, get down and go to sleep happy.
Partake in the mischief and merriment this St. Paddy’s Day with a boozy shake that will have you speaking with an Irish brogue. The St. Patrick’s Day shamrock shake is now reinvented for adults in this spirited concoction, The Adult Shamrock Mint Shake.
Our nod to the Emerald Isle begins with mint chocolate chip ice cream, dark rum and fresh mint blended together until smooth and creamy. With the luck of the Irish, you’ll have a tasty, well-themed libation to kick off your Celtic festivities. Who needs green beer when you can have a spiked minty milkshake instead?
Bottoms up, folks!
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In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, I’d like to encourage you to eat green. No, I’m not talking about green beer and Jell-O, but rather those beautiful naturally green vegetables and fruit that have unique health benefits. Let’s look at the main health benefits of green foods and a few of my favorite ways to eat them.
Dark-green vegetables: This category (which includes broccoli and “dark leafy greens,” such as kale, bok choy and spinach) is so important that there’s actually a separate recommendation for dark-green vegetables in the U.S. dietary guidelines. For most adults, that number is 1 1/2 to 2 cups per week (keeping in mind that for leafy greens, 2 cups raw cooks down to a 1-cup serving). Why are they so good for you? They’re a bang-up source of carotenoids, iron and calcium, plus vitamins C and K. One of the many benefits of carotenoids and vitamin C is that they’re important for the texture and health of your skin. Dark-green vegetables are also typically high in folate — a vitamin that helps cells form (which is why it’s particularly important for women in early pregnancy). Some of these nutrients are fat-soluble, meaning you absorb them best if you eat them with a bit of fat.
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1. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an indulgent Irish coffee cheesecake that features a double dose of whiskey. Buttercream Blondie adds a swig of the brown stuff to the coffee-infused cake batter and the rich chocolate ganache.
2. What’s Gaby Cooking tops store-bought naan with traditional taco fillings such as black beans, jack cheese and cilantro to fashion these fun, easy-to-make Mexican pizzas.
3. To take chocolate cookies over the top, Completely Delicious stuffs them with a spoonful of Nutella and caramel-filled chocolates, plus a sprinkle of fleur de sel.
4. How Sweet Eats’s grown-up grilled cheese sandwich can double as dessert. Her sweet take on the childhood classic features brie and dark chocolate layered between slices of banana bread.
5. Fill flaky phyllo cups with creamy wasabi goat cheese and smoked salmon to create Kitchen Confidante’s elegant bagels and lox-inspired hors d’oeuvres.
These cupcakes are inspired by Thin Mints, my favorite Girl Scout cookies. The recipe manages to be light, fluffy and moist, all at the same time. It starts with a true all-American white birthday cake. The recipe is made with whipped egg whites and no yolks, so the color is bright white. It’s perfect for adding color, but this time I left that to the mint icing. A thin layer of ganache between the cake and icing makes these just a touch more sophisticated, in case you are looking for a St. Patrick’s Day treat to bring to work. The super creamy icing is one that I made from Vintage Cakes, an adorable addition to my cookbook collection. Thickening milk and flour together into a smooth paste, then adding it to creamed, sweetened butter gives the icing a luxurious texture. Despite the extra step, it is an easy recipe — my 11-year-old made it start to finish with perfect results. Add a touch of mint extract and a few caps full of Crème de menthe and these cupcakes taste just like a thin mint.
Thin Mint Cupcakes
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St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, which means it’s time for all things Guinness and green. But the Irish have given us so much more than stouts and lucky leprechauns. Since the 1960s, it’s been a nation that has marched to the beat of different (and very talented) drummers. From Van Morrison to U2, the Emerald Isle has been turning out some of the world’s greatest musical talent for decades. This St. Patrick’s day, we’re celebrating these artists with some recipes inspired by their greatest hits. Turn up the volume and preheat those ovens, because it’s time to put the rock back in shamrock.
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I haven’t had Lucky Charms cereal in a good 15 years. I eat grown-up food like yogurt and fruit and poached eggs for breakfast instead. And because I like this grown-up food, I assumed that my mature self wouldn’t enjoy the fantasy food of my childhood: super sugary cereals that my mom only allowed once or twice a year, if ever.
I was wrong. Lucky Charms cereal is good. Maybe because I haven’t had it in a decade +, or maybe because it’s laced with some kind of magically delicious, addictive fairy dust, when I recently popped a handful of hearts, stars, clovers and what’s essentially sugar-coated Cheerios in my mouth, I was sort of in love. Do I love it enough to add it into my grown-up breakfast routine? No. But I love it enough to turn it into a cooler-than-corned-beef-and-cabbage St. Patrick’s Day layer cake.
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This weekend is St. Patrick’s Day, so pour yourself a pint, adorn yourself in green and get lucky! Ahem, I mean … celebrate the “spirit” of the Emerald Isle! Put down your green beer and awaken your inner pub keeper by mixing up a cocktail worthy of a leprechaun’s approval.
Our nod to St. Patrick is a Celtic-inspired libation made with Irish whiskey, some smooth Irish cream and a touch of crème de menthe. Top with mint chocolate candy shavings for a sweet finish. With the luck of the Irish, you’ll have yourself a rich, luscious sipping cocktail this St. Paddy’s Day.
You can also partake in the festivities by polishing up on your Irish brogue and mixing a few beer-based cocktails.
Bottoms up, lads!
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