Celebrated as the anniversary of Saint Patrick, the foremost patron saint of Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on the 17th of March. Over the years, St. Patrick’s Day has evolved to a celebration of Irish culture, where parades, drinking, dancing, music, a lot whole of green, and special foods are enjoyed. The holiday isn’t only celebrated by the Irish, but many Americans all over the United States celebrate the occasion with parades and festivities as well. Looking for a list of healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes? Fret not, you have come to the right place. Read on to find out some of the healthiest yet simple St. Patrick’s Day recipes!
Whipped Shamrock Shake
Kicking off the list first would be the whipped shamrock shake, a green homemade favorite that is ideal for enjoying on St. Patrick’s Day. Prepared with milk, real ice cream, as well as peppermint, this magically delicious shake is ideal for going along with any St. Patrick’s Day dishes.
- 1-2 drops of natural green food coloring
- 1 cup of low-fat milk
- 1 cup of vanilla ice cream (either non-dairy or regular)
- ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract
- Whipped cream
- Fresh mint springs & sprinkles (optional, used as garnish)
- Place milk, peppermint extract, and ice cream in a blender before blending them until a smooth texture.
- Pour mixture into 2 tall glasses.
- Top off the glasses with whipped cream before adding the optional garnish of fresh mint springs and sprinkles.
If you are someone who prefers to enjoy a thicker shake, then you may choose to reduce the amount of milk used from 1 cup to ½ a cup.
Irish Lamb Stew
The Irish lamb stew is undoubtedly one of the most popular and favorite dishes of St. Patrick’s events. Prepared in a traditional fashion, preparing the Irish lamb stew is extra easy – you simply have to stew everything together!
- 3 thinly sliced large leeks, halved and washed (white part only)
- 2 pounds of boneless lamb leg, trimmed into pieces of about 1 inch
- 1 ¾ pounds worth of peeled white potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 can of reduced-sodium chicken broth (14 ounces)
- 3 thinly sliced celery stalks
- 3 large peeled carrots that are cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 teaspoons of chopped fresh thyme
- 1 teaspoon of freshly ground pepper
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- ¼ cup of packed fresh parsley leaves, chopped into suitable sizes
- Combine potatoes, lamb, carrots, leeks, broth, celery, salt, thyme, pepper, salt, into a slow cooker.
- Stir the mixture to combine.
- Put on the lid and allow the mixture to cook on low for roughly 8 hours, or anytime where the lamb becomes fork-tender. Add in the chopped parsley before serving.
While the Irish lamb stew may take quite a while to cook, the recipe is fairly simple and can be easily done right with enough preparation. Preparing delicious and healthy food has never been easy. Thankfully, the Sensations Dining experience at Conservatory At Plano makes it possible for retirees to enjoy delicious and healthy foods three meals a day. If you are looking for a retirement community to move to, we highly recommend you consider Conservatory At Plano!