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The Luck Of The Irish

March 17, 2011

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Hope it’s a lucky one!

The truth is, I really have no idea what St. Patty’s day is all about. I did a little research today though!

Saint Patrick traveled all over Ireland, converting people to Christianity. He built churches, schools, monasteries and spent his whole life ministering unto the Irish. On March 17th 461 AD, Β Saint Patrick died.Β Saint Patrick’s day is a day for the Irish to celebrate his life and work.

Every St. Patrick’s Day I try to eat as much green foods as I can! This year, I did it all without food coloring, just all natural spinach πŸ™‚

I think we all saw this coming.

Green waffles.

I was being stupid though, and decided to make 2 waffles out of the batch that really is just for 1 waffle. So the waffles were flimsy and didn’t cook too awesomely, but they tasted amazing.

I blended 1/2 a banana with some spinach and 1/3 cup milk and poured it into my dry ingredients for these waffles. It tasted like banana bread! So yummy. Especially with some homemade chocolate almond butter.

For a snack/late lunch I had a childhood favorite.

Egg in a basket and a kiwi. Aren’t kiwis the prettiest little fruits! They’re my faaaavvv.

I had no intentions of baking anything today, but somehow I read somewhere about an Irish Soda Bread. And I had to make it.

It’s not green, but it’s very Irish.

Run to your kitchen and make this NOW.

It is the most delicious bread I’ve ever tasted.

There are a few recipes around. I made Lick My Spoon’s recipe. I didn’t add raisins or seeds. I used 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour and 2 cups white whole wheat flour.

The traditional way to bake Irish Soda Bread is in a round cast iron skillet Β and marking an X in the middle. My dough was very very wet and would not shape into a mound, so I just baked it in a regular loaf pan and then there was enough dough for a mini loaf.

The bread is so chewy and thick and amazing andΒ subtlyΒ sweet.

I’m wondering how this sugar-free version tastes, compared to the recipe I made.

Along with this amazing bread, I made a spin-off of Erika’s Chicken And Chickpea Chili.

So delicious.

About 3-4 years ago, I remember me and my mom sharing a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake.


Mint chocolate goodness. I remember it being very good. But check out the ingredients:

high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, sugar, natural flavor (plant source), xanthan gum, citric acid, sodium benzoate, yellow 5, blue 1

Um, do you want some high fructose corn syrup with your sugar? How about some yellow 5 with your blue 1?

Yeah, didn’t think so.

Lucky for you, there are other options. The lovely Katie made a delicious Raw Mint Chocolate Chip Shake andΒ Angela made a Peppermint Patty Green Monster.

I made a spin-off of both of their recipes, but my photo came out really horrible! But I can assure you it looked a lot like this.

(image via Katie)

I hope you all had a splendid green day like I did!

Are you Irish? I’m not, I’m British! My ancestors were British royalty and I’m actually related to Princess Diana and the princes!

What green foods did you eat today? My favorite – the waffles.

Did you wear green today? I didn’t!

52 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2011 7:57 pm

    I forgot to wear green today…everybody wanted to pinch me. I wasn’t thrilled. LOL.

  2. March 17, 2011 8:01 pm

    WOAHHH!! I’ve never heard of mickey d’s shamrock shake! It’s really pretty, I can’t tell a lie! But definitely full of nasty ingredients….did you know a Frosty at Wendys has 26 ingredients!?! Your waffles look utterly disquisting but I really want to make them!!! Hahaha No joke, I’ll be making them (in pancake form because my waffle maker is broken!) this weekend…my mom will be like umm, Olivia?! haha wewh! I’m babblin’ now! I’ve missed connecting with you girlie!! We need to start up our emails again:)

  3. March 17, 2011 8:15 pm

    I’m totally irish over here!! I had a very green day to celebrate too πŸ™‚ I love mint shakes so much, but I haven’t had one in years!!

  4. March 17, 2011 8:16 pm

    I’m not irish, but my dad likes to pretend were SCOTTISH. kinda close eh? πŸ˜‰
    GREEN WAFFLES?! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ girl, I know what my breakfast is going to be tomorrow!

  5. March 17, 2011 8:19 pm

    I’m only 12.5% Irish but I still like celebrating St. Patty’s day. Definitely did today with tons of green food and we just finished off a typical Irish meal. πŸ™‚

  6. March 17, 2011 8:32 pm

    I’m Irish and you can bet I wore green today! I didn’t eat anything green, though! Well, does the lime in my cocktail count? πŸ˜‰

  7. March 17, 2011 8:50 pm

    My name is Irish!!! πŸ˜€

    I actually did wear green today. πŸ™‚ Well, for part of the day. πŸ˜‰

    I had me some PEAS today. πŸ˜€ Yum! Can you believe I used to abhor peas?!


  8. March 17, 2011 8:51 pm

    All that green food looks soooo good!!!!!!!!! πŸ˜€
    Hope you had a great day!

  9. March 17, 2011 9:18 pm

    its so crazy that you made spinach waffles because i was thinking of doing that for my post today but it turned out that i hadn’t any spinach left because i used it up yesterday!! its really the only veggie that is versatile enough to work in waffles huh! YUM ❀

    and i'd much prefer your creation over a McDonald's milkshake!


  10. March 17, 2011 9:56 pm

    Your waffles look delicious. I wore green today and ate lots of green veggies!

  11. March 17, 2011 10:07 pm

    OMG green waffles??? I love you. Nuff said!

  12. runyogarepeat permalink
    March 17, 2011 10:50 pm

    Green waffles?! So creative & great! Everyone assumes I’m really Irish cause of my redhair, but I only have a little Irish in me. I still wore green & ate lots of greens today.

  13. March 17, 2011 11:28 pm

    I am lovingg all this green food! I tried to wear green but everyone told me it was blue. Close enough. Haha and I love cooking an egg inside a piece of toast- so yummy!

  14. March 17, 2011 11:32 pm

    So much green!!! Haha everything looks delicious!

  15. March 18, 2011 12:16 am

    K am I the only one who immediately thought of the old Disney Channel movie when seeing the title of this post? haha that show was the best!
    What a fun idea to eat lots of green food for St. Patties day. I’m trying to think if I even ate anything green today.. wow how unfestive of me. I’ll have to remember to do that next year.
    How cool you’re related to Princess Diana! Does that mean you can hook me up with an invite to the wedding next month? πŸ˜‰ I wish!
    I actually completely forgot to wear green today but luckily my fingernails were painted seafoam green. πŸ™‚

    • March 18, 2011 12:37 am

      Just kidding, there was spinach in my calzone I had for dinner! haha so I’m not completely green-less. πŸ™‚

      • March 18, 2011 11:45 am

        Okay, yeah, I totally didn’t even remember that old Disney Channel movie, but I remember now, haha, I loved that movie!
        I WISH I was invited to the wedding! Wouldn’t that be awesome!

  16. March 18, 2011 12:35 am

    That is so cool about your ancestory! I’m a bit Irish; my great grandmothers family is from Belfast; last name Orr.

    I wore a green shirt today but didn’t really eat any green food. But I’m dying to make a homemade shamrock shake!! I used to love getting those in college (before I knew what was REALLY in them πŸ˜› )

  17. March 18, 2011 12:49 am

    I made Irish soda bread today and my dough was too soggy too! I did the whole X thing but it ended up spreading out way too much (as opposed to rising upward) so the X kind of disappeared haha.
    I’m so jealous you made eggs in a basket! That’s one thing I’ve always wanted to make but don’t quite know how.
    I’m lovin’ your green eats today girl πŸ™‚

  18. March 18, 2011 1:23 am

    Thanks for posting the link to the irish soda bread! Wow I used to drink mcdonalds shakes too…def not anymore!

  19. March 18, 2011 1:56 am

    That is a scary ingredient list! Yikes! I was tempted to try the McDonald’s pumpkin pie shake in the fall and am very glad I didn’t πŸ™‚

  20. March 18, 2011 6:49 am

    I wore green! I had a mcdonalds shamrock shake a couple of weeks ago :/ i did make katies yesterday though!! it was sooo yummy πŸ™‚

  21. The Teenage Taste permalink
    March 18, 2011 7:11 am

    Happy (Late) St. Patrick’s Day! Your green eats look wonderful! Unfortunately, I didn’t really to anything to celebrate this year…Ooops! πŸ˜•
    Glad you liked the chili!

  22. spoonfulofsugarfree permalink
    March 18, 2011 8:56 am

    I’m a wee bit irish πŸ˜‰ But I love your eats!!! In fact, I just might make some green beer pancakes today πŸ™‚

  23. March 18, 2011 8:58 am

    I’m not Irish! 100% Italian. I never really celebrated St. Patrick’s Day so no green food for me! Although I had some lettuce and spinach! Does that count? lol

    I’ve never had mcdonalds shamrock shake and will definitely not ever have it after you just told me what’s in it!

  24. March 18, 2011 9:11 am

    Woooow!!! Love your green day πŸ˜€
    I did that last year… green waffles for breakfast, kale smoothie for lunch, cabbage for dinner… But this year, I completely forgot it was St. Patty’s Day 😦
    I don’t think I’m like at all Irish, but I’m like 8 or so percent Swedish πŸ™‚

  25. March 18, 2011 9:26 am

    WOAh so many green eats!! you sure win the prize!

  26. March 18, 2011 11:43 am

    Weee! Loving all the green food. And I’ve NEVER had a shamrock shake…I feel kind of deprived.

  27. March 18, 2011 12:04 pm

    I made a Shamrock Shake, too! Mine was a chocolately one, so that was a sure PLUS.

  28. March 18, 2011 5:57 pm

    I want to try the green waffles! They actually look really good to me. I totally planned on baking irish soda bread yesterday, but I had so much homework that I couldn’t even make a real dinner 😦 definitely having a belated st. patricks day celebration!

  29. March 18, 2011 10:08 pm

    Great idea on the waffles! I wish I had thought to do that! My only green food of the day was the kiwi juice I made to mix with my booze haha. πŸ˜›

    I’m dying to try one of those mint smoothies. They sound fab!

  30. March 18, 2011 10:13 pm

    are you going to post the recipe for those waffles? they look fab!

    • March 18, 2011 10:43 pm

      Haha, oh thanks! Yeah, I’ll definitely post the recipe soon!

  31. March 19, 2011 2:47 pm

    So crazy that you’re related to British royalty! I’m not Irish, but I did wear green on St. Patty’s Day! πŸ™‚ I just got your cookbook and granola bars! So excited to try them all! Thanks again!

  32. March 19, 2011 5:13 pm

    I am Irish! My great grandpa grew up in Ireland and moved to the U.S. when he was 17. He met my great grandma, who was also an Irish immigrant.

    I tried to make Irish soda bread too, but it was a total fail. haha. I can’t remember if I had any green foods on St. Patrick’s Day, but we did have corned beef and potatoes for dinner – typical Irish food.

    Those green waffles are so cute! Such a good idea!


  33. March 19, 2011 6:53 pm

    I love the o.g. facts about St. Patrick’s Day! interesting read~I ate lots of salad that day~and I didn’t wear green b/c I forgot it was St. P’s day. And green’s actually my favorite πŸ˜›

  34. March 19, 2011 7:47 pm

    Loving the green food. πŸ™‚

    I wore green shoes!


  35. March 19, 2011 9:52 pm

    I’m glad you shared what St. Patty’s Day is about! I actually just mentioned on my post that I had no idea what it was about! Haha. Now I’m enlightened. πŸ˜‰

    On St. Patty’s Day I ate.. a salad? That’s green! But that was all I ate that was that color. Even though St. Patty’s is now done I am definitely going to be making one of those smoothies!

  36. March 19, 2011 10:42 pm

    Love the green waffles definitely proud of your for getting in the spirit, I had no idea it was even st pattys day until probably noon whoops!

  37. March 20, 2011 3:14 pm

    Love your blog and I am an avid reader! I never knew what st. Patrick’s day was about wither– thanks for the info! I wore some leaves in my hair as green, and put a sprig of parsley in my hot cereal as green food. Does that count?


  38. March 20, 2011 10:41 pm

    I just introduced my kids to kiwis. They’re not convinced yet, but I’m going to keep trying. Kiwis are delicious!

  39. March 21, 2011 8:47 am

    love all the green! I tried to make soda bread too but, as you know, I am NOT a baker. It turned out ok but yours looks wayyyyy better!

  40. March 22, 2011 11:49 am

    Yay for spinach-colored foods! I love the green waffles!

  41. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! permalink
    March 23, 2011 2:05 pm

    OMG that is so awesome you are related to Princess Diana and the princes! Are you going to the wedding? LOL!

  42. March 23, 2011 5:36 pm

    Yum! All of this looks delicious πŸ™‚ Could you taste the spinach in the waffle?

    • March 24, 2011 1:15 pm

      No, I couldn’t taste it! The banana masked the flavor πŸ™‚

  43. March 23, 2011 9:56 pm

    That bread looks FABULOUS! And I love that you made spinach waffles for St Patty’s haha! πŸ™‚ Miss your updates, chica!

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