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This is a tough post for me – I’m not really much of a cook. Now green beer? Yeah, I can definitely handle that 🙂 So now that I told you I’m not much of a cook, I’ll share with you three of my most popular green/irish recipes:
- Green Beans Sauteed in Bacon Grease
- Green Monster Smoothie
- Beef and Guinness Irish Stew
- 6 strips of cooked bacon (crumbled)
- 2 tablespoons of bacon grease (I save the left over grease from breakfast)
- Frozen green beans
- 1/2 red onion finely chopped
- 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
- Sea salt
- 1. Cook bacon in a large skillet set over medium-high heat until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove bacon pieces and drain them on a paper towel-lined plate. Pour off excess grease from the skillet, leaving about 2 tablespoons in the pan.
- 2. Add the garlic and red onion to the bacon grease and cook over med-high heat, about 1 minute.
- 3. Add green beans and season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir until beans are tender but still a little crunchy, about 10 minutes.
- 4. Crumble bacon and return to the pan and toss with the beans before serving.
- 5. Serve & enjoy!
- If you make this for a holiday, I would suggest preparing it day before and letting it sit for a while. It's even better the next day.
This green shake provides the body with vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, and they taste great. Even my kids love them! If your little ones don’t want to eat their veggies, a green shake is a fantastic remedy. They also give you energy and vitality. They are quick and convenient to make in the morning (or anytime), and can be suited to personal tastes.
- 1 Frozen Banana
- 5 Frozen Strawberries
- 1 cup Frozen mixed fruit of choice
- 1 Orange peeled
- 1/2 cup Greens (Use spinach if it’s your first green shake. The taste is milder than other types and won’t be noticeable at all. Try collars, kale, or mustard, for a different flavor.)
- 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup Milk (Almond milk, Soy Milk etc...)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender with enough water to reach the desired consistency. Blend
- thoroughly on medium speed until there are no discernable pieces of greens left. Serve in chilled glasses immediately.
If you have children, you could freeze the green shake into popsicles for later use. You can also refrigerate leftovers and serve later, as long as it is consumed within 2 days.
This dish is an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12, magnesium, iron and zinc. It's also great for those weeks when your evenings are busy, simply prep this meal in the morning, then pour stew into the slow cooker - dinner will be ready and waiting when you get home!
- 2 1/2 lb stewing beef cut into 2-inch cubes
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 cup diced (1/4 inch thick) red onion
- 4 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1-inch pieces
- 2 red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced
- 1 1/2 cups beef stock
- 1 1/2 cups Guinness (or other dark beer)
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp thyme leaves
- Place beef in a large bowl and sprinkle with flour, salt and pepper, tuning to cover completely. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven (I use this Lodge Cast Iron Dutch Oven). Sear 1/4 of the beef at a time being careful not to crowd the pan. Turn the beef cubes so they are uniformly brown on all sides; be sure to control heat so beef and the drippings don't burn. Remove the first batch to a baking sheet; continue to cook remaining batches until all beef is seared and set aside.
- Turn the heat down to medium and add onion, carrots, potatoes and garlic to the same pot. Cook stirring occasionally, until the onion begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Add the beef back to the pot along with the stock, Guinness, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce and thyme, stirring to combine.
- Bring pot to a boil, then pour into slow cooker dish (I use this Hamilton Beach programmable slow cooker). Cook in slow cooker on medium for 6 hours.
Now it’s your turn… What is your favourite St. Patrick’s Day treat?
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