7 Corned Beef & Cabbage Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day

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{My parents and their grandbabies (who are all part Irish) – St. Patrick’s Day weekend 2015}

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, friends! This is a big holiday in our city with several parades all over the place (including the big one downtown) and many celebrations. Everyone celebrated this past weekend, so there were lots of green, leprechaun hats and four-leaf clovers in wardrobes and interior decorations.

I can’t remember when the tradition started, but my mom started making corned beef and cabbage every year for St. Patrick’s Day. I had an Irish boss once and he informed me that it is not a traditional Irish meal, but one that was born out of necessity due to the potato famine in Ireland. But, we won’t tell my mom that;)

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you make/eat corned beef and cabbage? My mom’s recipe is pretty amazing, however, she’s not very good about writing down recipes. I’ll try it out one day and write about it on the blog. For now, I’ve decided to round up some recipes if you’d like to try any or all of them.

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Recipe by Melissa D’Arabian via The Food Network

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Recipe by Alton Brown via The Food Network

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Recipe by Megan O. Steintrager via Epicurios

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Recipe by Laria Tabul via Allrecipes

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Recipe by Len via Food.com

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Recipe by Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman

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Recipe by Jaden of Steamy Kitchen

8 Delicious Green Foods to Make for Your St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

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{My parents and their grand-babies taken on St. Patrick’s Day 2014}

As I was walking around downtown over the weekend, I saw several people already dressed in their St. Patrick’s Day outfits. While the main celebrations are not occurring until this weekend, I guess it’s always good to be in a celebratory mood. Since St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, I wanted to put together some “green” foods. These are recipes I’ve tried or have been meaning to try. They all look incredibly delicious and easy to make! My mom makes corned beef and cabbage every year. This year we are having a celebration at my sister’s house. I am going to try to make one or a couple of these to bring. By the way, none of us are Irish (except my brother-in-law and two nieces, who are part Irish). Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?

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Argentine Chimichurri Sauce by Chow – I used to go to this awesome Colombian restaurant (which has since gone down in service and quality) where I first discovered chimichurri sauce. It is amazing with grilled meats and probably would taste great with fish and maybe even in a salad. This recipe looks pretty easy.

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Basil Pesto by Food Network – There used to be this little Italian restaurant by my home, which served the best Caesar’s salad and once in while they would have this really amazing special, which was a salmon dish topped with a basil pesto sauce. The restaurant’s been long gone, but I still reminisce about it. This recipe looks delicious enough to try to replicate the dish. I’m sure it would probably taste awesome on pastas as well.

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Cucumber and Avocado Nori Roll by Chocolate and Zucchini – This recipe is egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, raw, vegan and vegetarian. To some people, that may be off-putting, but it looks delicious and easy to make.

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Broccoli Slaw by Smitten Kitchen – This is a pretty amazing recipe for a side dish and not too complicated. It tastes much better than the store-bought versions.

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All Dressed Kale Chips by Oh She Glows – I have to admit, I’ve never tried making my own kale chips despite their growing popularity in the last few years. This looks like a great recipe to start with.

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Green Smoothie Detox Pops by Top With Cinnamon – When I was little, my mom used to make these incredibly delicious avocado pops. (This was way before avocado became so trendy. LOL. I think it was just a Filipino thing or maybe an Asian thing?) I have yet to try to recreate a healthier version of it (let’s just say sugar was involved), but this recipe looks pretty tasty and reminds me of it in a “familiar” kind of way as opposed to an “exact replica” one.

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Roasted Okra by C. Steichen of AllRecipes – There is an Indian restaurant that serves the most amazing roasted okra you’ve ever tasted in your life. I am not sure what they do with it, but I could eat it non-stop. I’m sure there are some Indian spices that are added to it, which is not included in this recipe, but this looks like a good place to start. I could just experiment with different spices.

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Crispy Fried Brussels Sprouts with Honey and Sriracha – To say my husband loves Sriracha would be the biggest understatement of the year. How can I resist this recipe when it includes his favorite sauce? I can’t wait to try it out.