Happy St. Patrick’s Day! You probably won’t ever find me sitting in a pub downing Guinness or whisky, but I’ll definitely eat! So today, I’m sharing my crazy, tasty spin on traditional tavern food and Irish Corned Beef Potato Nachos are featured on my menu!
Those lucky Irish, with their abundance of potatoes! Spuds make a super great fuel choice for athletes, the complex carbs provide healthy energy to help nail workout and run goals. I did a whole blog post on this that you can check out HERE. Add corned beef from the deli, sharp white cheddar and a bit of cabbage should you care, and these nachos will have your taste buds dancing a jig. Continue reading →
The inspiration for this super easy recipe is “colcannon,” a traditional Irish dish made from creamy mashed potatoes and kale or cabbage. Potatoes and Irish culture or forever linked, as we all learned in history class – at one point leading up to the mid-17th century Great Potato Famin, it was said that the average Irish laborer ate 10 pounds of potatoes a day and for three-fifths of the population it was the primary fuel of life.
Okay, eating such a potato-centric diet causes dietary imbalances, but potatoes ARE a smart choice as a side dish to protein and other fruits and vegetables in your healthy diet. Tubers are packed with wholesome nutrients including complex carbohydrates for quality energy and vitamins and minerals, especially iron, magnesium, vitamin B-6 and vitamin C.
It’s no blarney, you are guaranteed to love my Kale Pesto Potato Fries Two Ways with Blue Cheese Sauce — just remember not to call them French fries, Irish fries is more fitting! The kale pesto is a snap to make in the food processor, and can easily be done while the potatoes are baking in the oven. Make another batch or use leftovers on pasta, fish, chicken, pizza and more. BTW, the pesto is nut-free so everyone can enjoy!
As for prepping the potatoes – you can use a spiralizer, a mandolin, finely julienne by hand or cut into fatter wedges, it’s the cook’s choice! I’ve used tried-and-true Russet potatoes in this dish, you could use whatever variety potato you like – on super busy days, I’ve also even hacked the recipe with frozen shoestring potatoes.
To add a blast of bold to the Irish recipe, I serve Kale Pesto Potato Fries Two Ways with the Big Blue Ultra Premium from Litehouse Foods. This incredibly creamy and rich dressing is made with extra chunks of handcrafted Artisan Blue Cheese for maximum flavor—a bowl filled for dunking is like a pot of gold at the end of a cheese-lover’s rainbow.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
Scrub, dry and leave peel on potatoes. Use spiralizer, mandolin or sharp knife to cut potatoes into ⅛" to 1/4” thick pieces. If preferred, cut potato into 1/3” wedges.
Place the strips (or wedges) in large bowl and sprinkle with olive oil, salt and pepper, tossing to coat well.
Bake thin fries for 35 to 40 minutes, using tongs to toss halfway through cooking time. Wedge fries may need to cook for 5 to 10 additional minutes.
Thin fries are done when at least half are crispy and golden brown. Thicker wedge fries will be turning golden brown on the sides.
While fries are baking, add kale, olive oil, salt, garlic, parsley, lemon juice and almonds to food processor and pulse until very finely chopped and ingredients incorporated.
Remove fries from oven and toss with pesto while still hot. Serve with blue cheese dressing drizzled on top or served to the side as a dip.
Don’t be afraid of the green! It’s St. Patrick’s Day (well, almost) and everything should be tinted with the color of Emerald Isle. But, who wants the yucky chemicals in food dyes that turn your beer –err, I mean, smoothie green?! Simple and straightforward, made with only the freshest and most natural of ingredients in all of the lands, you’ll start the day off right fueled with the vitamins and minerals (lots of iron!) from spinach and healthy fats from avocado and hemp hearts. In addition to adding a little crunchy variety to the top of this creamy smoothie, the hemp packs a punch of protein and nutrients – they’re powerful little seeds and probably what you’ll actually find hidden in the pot at the end of a rainbow!
Simply Green Smoothie Recipe
10 ounces unsweetened almond milk
½ small avocado
1 handful spinach (frozen okay)
Vanilla stevia, if desired
Ice, if needed
1 tablespoon raw, shelled hemp seed (hearts)
Blend almond milk, avocado and spinach in blender. If you like a sweeter smoothie, add a couple drops of vanilla Stevia. If needed, add ice to achieve desired consistency – but, it may not be needed, especially if you used frozen spinach. Top with hemp seed. Serves 1.
This healthy smoothie recipe will be breakfast for all the lucky leprechauns in my house — it will be a nice change of pace after drinking red beet smoothies last week! And, to finish celebrating the day, I’m going to be trying some of the authentic (but lighted with your health in mind) recipes from Cooking Light’s St. Patrick’s Day Feast. Check it out, there is rich stew, chewy brown soda bread, smoked salmon with horseradish, and more – it’s everything you need for an authentic and amazing St. Patrick’s Day get-together.