St. Patrick’s Day

This is often the holiday featuring Lucky Charms & ALL things with added artificial green food coloring. Green beer. Sugar cookies with green frosting.

This year thanks to COVID19, many of us are stuck home and the LAST thing you want are kids hopped up on sugar and artificial food coloring!

On the up-side, being home allows more time to make actual food. If your kids are home-schooling this is also an opportunity to get them involved and check these subjects off the list for a day:

  • math (measuring(
  • science (measuring, mixing)
  • language arts (reading a recipe)
  • FACS or HomeEc (cooking, cleaning up)
  • probably more but hey – I’m a mom and I gotta get this posted so I can get these kids doing their next ‘subject’!


See my post Go Ahead and Steal Me Lucky Charms for a smoothie and green muffin recipe. This post was from a few years ago – check the sweet faces on my now 10 and 12 year olds – but I’d also bump the protein in the smoothie with some Plant Works Vanilla Protein powder.

For the traditional St. Patrick’s Day dinner – my Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe…of course, made in the Instant Pot!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

  • 4 lb beef brisket (NOT already seasoned)
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 t pickling spice
  • 1 green cabbage, quartered or cut into smaller sections.
  • 4 potatoes quartered
  • 6 carrots, chopped into 2″ sections.
  1. Place beef, onion, garlic and spices in instant pot and cover with cold filtered water.
  2. Seal and set to high manual for 70 minutes and allow to naturally release pressure for 15 minutes.
  3. Remove beef and all but 2 cups cooking liquid from the pot. Trim excess fat from beef and cut for serving. Set into crock pot on low to stay warm.
  4. Place cabbage, carrots and potato into the instant pot.
  5. Replace lid, seal and cook 5 minutes and quick release pressure. Place a towel over the lid to contain the steam.
  6. Move cooked vegetables and all liquid to crock pot until ready to serve.

Vegetarian Options

If you’re not a beef-eater you can enjoy the cabbage, potatoes and carrots roasted in an oven – since, honestly, they’re not as good cooked in vegetable broth as they are in the beef broth. Just sayin’.

If you want go to green – make my White Bean Falafel and add lots of basil, parsley or cilantro to the mix, or top with a homemade or prepared pesto.

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