25 St Patrick’s Day Meals and Sides

Next week is St Patrick’s Day and the girls have asked for a “traditional” St Patrick’s Day meal. I am not even sure what that means, but I am going to give it my best shot. I guess this is what I get for coloring everything in the house green the last few days. But I began looking and actually some of these sound absolutely delicious… however it is a really good thing I am not starting Whole30 again until April. If you are looking to cook up some traditional Irish Faire for the holiday, here is a great list of 25 Irish Themed Meals and Sides to get you started!

St Patrick’s Day Meals

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1. Breakfast Salad
2. Corned Beef and Cabbage Bites
3. Reuben Sliders
4. Guinness Stew
5. Irish Brown Bread Breakfast of Kings
6. Irish Colcannon Mac and Cheese
7. Irish Stew
8. Fisherman’s Pie
9. Colcannon Skillet Pizza
10. Irish Pork and Fruit Curry
11. Guinness Braised Brats and Broccoli Baked Potato
12. Green Beer Bread
13. Colcannon Irish Potatoes
14. Irish Seafood Chowder
15. Guinness Braised Lamb Shanks
16. Irish Breakfast Skillet Potato Nachos
17. Lamb Shepherd’s Pie & Parmesan Ricotta Potatoes
18. Reuben Bread
19. Guinness Corned Beef Sliders with Irish Cheese
20. Dublin Coddle
21. Irish Corn Bread
22. Irish Bangers and Mash
23. Irish Potato Cakes with Bacon and a Leek Cream Sauce
24. Luck of the Irish Skewers
25. Irish Corned Beef, Potato and Cabbage Pie

St Patrick’s Day: Simple Shamrock Cupcakes

This weekend Midge wasn’t feeling her best, so we chose to stay in and doing some baking. Even though I do not do much eating of the sweets since my whole30, I do still love baking and decorating cakes, cookies, cakepops, and of course cupcakes. Since we made our St Patrick’s Day Deviled Eggs I was in a “green” kind of mood, so we decided to make some shamrock cupcakes. I used my favorite Duncan Hines Blue Velvet cake mix and icing, and in no time we were devouring these little cuties.

shamrock cupcakes

St Patrick’s Day Shamrock Cupcakes

Items needed:

  • Duncan Hines Blue Velvet Cake Mix
  • White icing
  • Food Coloring – all colors
  • Cupcake liners
  • Muffin tin
  • glass marbles
  • Candy “eyes”

Mix up the Duncan Hines Blue Velvet cake mix according to the instructions on the box. Add in yellow food coloring until batter is green. Place cupcake liners in to muffin tin, and then place three marbles in each one – between the tin and the paper. Be sure to get these as even as possible – you want your “leaves” to be all the same size.

(forgive my old muffin tin - it was my late grandmother's and I can't stand to part with it)

(forgive my old muffin tin – it was my late grandmother’s and I can’t stand to part with it)

Put cake batter in to a gallon ziplock bag and snip the corner off to make it easy to guide the batter into the three sections of the cupcake liner. You only want to fill them about half full. The batter will rise some and you do not want it to come too far up over the liner as that will distort the shape. If it does though, you can easily trim it – it will never be seen once you add the icing ;)

Again, please ignore the tin. She and I cooked about a million muffins in this tin when she was alive.

Again, please ignore the tin. She and I cooked about a million muffins in this tin when she was alive.

Bake until completely cooked through – and let cool completely before removing from tin. The little marbles will be very very hot – just let them cool down with the cupcakes. It is important that the cupcakes are completely cooled before going on, or the cake will come off in the icing.

easy shamrock cupcakes

Mix green food coloring in to your white icing until it is the desired green. Put in to ziplock bag or piping bag and pipe on to cupcake in a circular motion. Add candy eyes to one “leaf.” Add a few drops of red and blue food coloring to your green icing to make a charcoal like color and pipe on a quick smile. Voila!

st patricks day cupcake

 

Saint Patrick’s Day Party Deviled Eggs

Saint Patrick’s Day is just a few days away and whether you are throwing a party or just want to do something fun at home, these St. Patrick’s Day Deviled Eggs are a fun treat! The girls and I had a ball this morning making – and then quickly eating – all of them.

st patricks day eggs

These eggs are so super simple! Hard boil six large eggs. Tip: putting baking soda in the water when you boil will help the shells peel off easily. Once boiled put in ice water for three minutes and then peel under running water. Carefully cut each egg lengthwise can pop out the egg yolk into a separate bowl. Gently rinse the egg white to make sure there is no yolk left. The yolk will absorb too much color and look weird. You want your egg whites nice and clean. Set aside to let dry.

Fill a glass bowl or jar with water and add 10-12 drops of green food coloring. Mix with a spoon and then slowly drop your dry egg whites in to the glass one at a time. Be careful not to plop them in there – it does splash!

stpatricks day eggs

Let the egg whites sit in the food coloring about 8-10 minutes or until they reach the desired green-ness you like. While they are soaking, use a fork to mash up your egg yolks for the filling. You can add whatever you would like to the filling – I add pickle relish, whole30 mayo, and mustard. Beat together until smooth.

perfect deviled eggs

Line your countertop with foil or wax paper and then a layer of paper towels. Using a spoon, carefully remove your egg whites from the green water and set right side up to dry. Make sure they are not touching each other – this will distort the color. Allow them to completely dry before moving on to the next step.

green eggs

To make filling your green eggs quick, simple, and mess free, put your egg yolk filling in to a piping bag or large ziplock and snip off the end with a pair of scissors. Twist the bag and squeeze out the desired amount into each egg white. You can be pretty generous here – the added volume of the pickles and seasonings will give you a little more filling to work with. Plus – you cant have too much. Yum.

how to fill deviled eggs

Garnish with a sprinkle of dill and serve!

st patricks day deviled egga

Simple Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

I am not sure why, but growing up I always said I “hated” chicken pot pie. I am not sure why I thought that – since I honestly couldn’t ever remember actually trying a chicken pot pie, but I always thought that I did not like it. When I met Mike I quickly learned it was one of his all time favorites – loosely translating into “Lynsey you better figure out how to cook this.” I set out to create the perfect chicken pot pie – having no intention of even taste testing along the way. However, after a couple of attempts I concocted one that smelled so good while cooking, I could not resist trying it once it was finished. I’ve been hooked ever since.

chicken pot pie

This recipe is super simple – and super delicious. You can prepare it as a traditional pot pie, or – how my family prefers it – a “deconstructed” version over your favorite biscuits. Unlike most chicken pot pies that take forever to cook, this one takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish – and that includes chopping the onion!

Simple Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 3/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 rotisserie chicken – shredded
  • 1 package frozen mixed vegetables, steamed
  • 6 small red potatoes, cubed and boiled
  • 1 can of biscuits -or- pie crusts

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and celery and cook, stirring constantly until onions and celery are soft. Add flour and seasonings and mix well. Gradually pour in milk and chicken broth, stirring constantly to mix thoroughly. Stir until it begins to bubble and thickens. Pour in vegetables, potatoes, and shredded chicken. Let cook on low for 15 minutes, stirring often to prevent sticking. Then spoon over baked biscuits or spoon in to pie crusts and bake for an additional 30 minutes or until crust is golden brown. Let pie stand 5 minutes before serving.

chicken pot pie

This is one recipe we never have leftovers for. The girls literally fight over who gets the last biscuit. One of these days I am going to have to double the recipe so I can have it for lunch the next day. It is so quick and easy and made with ingredients we normally have on hand, so it is perfect for a cold night meal to get us warm inside. Never again will I say I hate chicken pot pie – I LOVE IT!

easy chicken pot pie recipe

My #Whole30 Birthday Cake

When I began my first #Whole30 back in July, I did not really put it together that my birthday would fall inside those 30 days. I know, I know – part of planning is looking at the entire time frame, but I was so focused on what I could and could not eat – I did not really look to see what other events might be going on during that time. But, because I had committed to myself (and of course all of you) for those 30 days, I knew I could not use the excuse of my birthday to break my commitment. Not to mention it was like Day 22, so I was feeling like a million bucks by then. I had the normal birthday shindig with friends and family here at the house, but everything was Whole30 style… even the #whole30 birthday cake.

whole30 birthday cake

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