Naturally Green St. Patrick's Day Menu
Green St. Patrick's Day Menu Among the sundry of associations inseparable from St. Patrick's Day are shamrocks, Guinness, leprechauns, and most certainly a plethora of green. But why has green become the go to color for this holiday? Is it...
Among the sundry of associations inseparable from St. Patrick's Day are shamrocks, Guinness, leprechauns, and most certainly a plethora of green. But why has green become the go to color for this holiday? Is it a reference to the color of clovers, or perhaps to the rich gradient of green prevalent in the Irish countryside?
From what history tells us, green has long been associated with Ireland; notably since the 1640's, as the color was adopted by the Irish Catholic Confederation. But whether you are of the Irish diaspora or simply a plastic paddy this one day out of the year, it is hard to deny the joyful affect the annual flood of vivid greens has on one's mood. Much like the intense reds of the Chinese New Year, green on St. Patrick's day infuses the spirit with celebratory glee.
All Green Menus are a fun and festive way to incorporate this giddy spirit, and make a splendid addition to any St. Patrick's Day party. Best of all, the recipes for this St. Patrick's Day menu use naturally green ingredients like vegetables and lime, so no artificial coloring! This menu can also easily be made meatless by leaving out the bacon pieces to accommodate for any vegetarian guests.
The best meals begin with an appetizer or two to cleanse the palate and stimulate one's hunger.
Thus, we start our green themed feast with a simmering pot of Split Pea Soup.
Split Pea Soup
- 3 cups Green Peas
- 1-1/2 cups Vegetable Stock
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream or milk
- 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Bacon Bits, real or faux
- In a blender, blend all ingredients (aside from the bacon bits) until smooth.
- You can chill the soup in the fridge and serve cold, or warm it to just below boiling over the stove if you wish to serve it hot.
- Sprinkle with bacon bits before serving.
Alternatively, you could also try this other Split Pea Soup recipe with yogurt, parmesan and red wine reduction
Avocado and Spinach Pesto Pasta
- 2 large ripe Avocados, peeled and cored
- 3-4 cups of Spinach
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- fresh Basil, to taste
- 1/2 cup Lemon Juice
- 1/2 cup Lime Juice
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Your choice of pasta
- In a food processor or blender, add all ingredients sans the pasta.
- Pulse until well blended and smooth.
- Serve over a warm plate of pasta. Rotini pasta works quite well for this dish.
Garlic Green Beans
Garlic green beans are savory on their own, almost like a plate of sauteed asparagus, and can make for an unexpected but nonetheless delightful addition to most meals.
For Garlic Green Beans, you'll need the following ingredients.
- 1 pound of fresh long green beans, rinsed and snipped
- 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- In a large skillet or wok, heat the olive oil.
- Add the green beans, coating slightly with the oil.
- Add the garlic powder and sea salt, and allow to cook, stirring occasionally, until tender.
Optionally: Add some sesame seeds or bacon pieces to the garlic green beans side dish for that extra finishing touch.
For refreshment, a tall glass of fresh limeade adds a sense of lightness, which balances the denseness of these celebratory dishes.
Ingredients for Limeade with Mint:
- 1 cup of Lime Juice
- 4 cups of Water
- 1 cup of Sugar
- Mint Sprigs
- Mix the lime juice, water, and sugar in a large pitcher.
- Stir well, allowing the sugar to dissolve.
- Add several mint sprigs and stir again.
- Pour in festive glasses over ice.
Mock Key Lime Pie
For a delectable dessert, why not finish with a light and fluffy pudding pie? This one happens to harbor much of the same tart and sweet goodness of Key Lime Pie, without all the work.
- 2 packages instant Vanilla Pudding
- 1/4 cup Lime Juice
- 2 teaspoons Lime Zest
- 3/4 cup Milk
- 1 tub of Cool Whip
- 1 Graham Cracker Crust
- In a large bowl, combine the pudding mixes, milk, lime juice, and lime zest.
- Mix with whisk for 2-3 minutes, or until thick.
- Let the 'pudding' sit in fridge for 5 minutes.
- Add one cup of the cool whip to the pudding and mix well.
- Next, spread the pudding mixture into the crust.
- Top this with the remaining cool whip and chill in fridge for an hour.
Enjoy St. Patrick's Day with friends and family while sharing this festive green and healthy St. Patrick's Day menu! Instead of preparing all the dishes as a dinner menu, you could also pick one or two of the recipes and make a light St. Patrick's Lunch. And since this menu is so rich in healthy vegetables, you won't have to feel guilty about taking an extra beer or whiskey shot later on in the night.
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