If you're looking for a healthy and authentic way to eat a St. Patrick's Day style menu, here are some great menu ideas!
Smoked Salmon Appetizer
When we visited Ireland, we were always offered smoked salmon. It was fresh, delicious, and incredibly good for you. Get some sliced, smoked salmon for your appetizer at your St. Patrick's Day feast. There are all sorts of ways you can serve this!
Smoked Salmon Recipe
Corned Beef and Cabbage
The cornerstone to any Irish celebration is corned beef and cabbage. Now on one hand I love this dish and could eat it weekly. On the other hand, it's important to realize this is completely NOT authentic and is a US invention, created in the poor neighborhoods of New York City. Still, it is delicious, so consider it a modern part of the celebration.
Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
Turnips and Rutabagas
The Irish didn't grow potatoes because they wanted to. They grew potatoes because they were forced to work on land owned by the English, and were only allowed a tiny allowance from what they grew. If they could have owned their own land, they would have grown great varieties of vegetables and wouldn't have been so destroyed by the famine of their one crop. Learn more about two much more healthy veggies - the turnip and rutabaga!
Turnip and Rutabaga Recipes
The perfect way to end the meal! Go for the decaf version if you can, but either way, enjoy the warmth and creaminess!
Irish Coffee Recipe
Be sure to go out for some dancing and singing after the meal - that's the Irish tradition that keeps them all healthy and in such great shape! You don't have to do Irish dancing, of course - any sort of activity that gets your feet tapping is quite fine!