A Whole Grain Irish Treat

This month for our recipe
collection, we are combining
two of our favorite things...

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A Nutritious Start to
St. Patrick's Day

Get your family off to a great start
this St. Patrick's Day or any day...

read more

A Tasty Twist on
Eating Greens

Since March is not only home to
St. Patrick's Day but is also...

read more


A Whole Grain Irish Treat


This month for our recipe collection, we are combining two of our favorite things - good nutrition and holiday themed fun! Because while March is when we don our green and honor all things Irish while we celebrate St. Patrick's Day, it is also National Nutrition Month. But good news - these two events can coexist! We found some fabulous recipes that are Irish enough to have a spot on your St. Patrick's Day's table but healthy enough to make an appearance every other day of the year too!

Irish soda bread is fun, easy recipe whose origins are deep in the culture of the Emerald Isle. This version is tweaked slightly to include more whole grains, which actually provides more flavor than the original as well. Serve alongside your favorite soup or stew.

Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 Tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. wheat germ
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Spray a 9x5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray, line with parchment paper and then coat with cooking spray again.

Combine flours and next 6 ingredients (through salt). Combine buttermilk and egg and then add to flour mixture. Stir until combined.

Spoon mixture into prepared pan. Bake at 325 for 1 hour - check with wooden pick to determine doneness. Invert bread onto a wire rack and cool completely before removing parchment paper.

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A Tasty Twist on Eating Greens


Since March is not only home to St. Patrick's Day but is also National Nutrition Month, we are challenging you to be both festive AND healthy this month! This recipe incorporates the taste of the Irish as well as a nutritional super food. Serve this alongside a lean fish and you have all the makings for a perfect St. Patrick's Day meal!

Colcannon with Kale

Ingredients:

  • 4 Russet potatoes (2 to 2 1/2 pounds), peeled and cut into chunks
  • Salt
  • 5-6 Tbs. unsalted butter (add'l for serving)
  • 3 lightly packed cups of chopped kale
  • 3 green onions, minced
  • 1 cup 2% milk

Directions:

Place potatoes in pot, cover with cold water, add 2 Tbs. salt and bring to a boil. Boil for 15-20 minutes, until potatoes are fork tender. Drain and set aside.

Melt butter in pot over medium high heat and add greens. Cook 3-4 minutes or until wilted. Add green onions and cook an additional minute.

Pour in milk and mix well. Add potatoes and reduce heat to medium. Mash potatoes with fork or potato masher. Add salt to taste and serve hot with a pat of butter in the center.

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A Nutritious Start to St. Patrick's Day


Get your family off to a great start this St. Patrick's Day (or any day!) with a breakfast that is both festive and super healthy. Irish oats - also known as steel cut oats - are a healthier, whole grain alternative to regular oatmeal. Because the oat is whole it typically needs to cook a bit longer than regular oatmeal. However, a great short cut is to let the oats sit overnight - you will wake up to a perfectly cooked, tasty breakfast that is good for you too!

Overnight Irish Oatmeal

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • Optional toppings: brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, peanut butter, fruits, nuts - you name it!

Directions:

Bring water to a boil in medium saucepan. Add oats and salt. Boil for 1 minute, stirring occasionally.

Turn off heat. Cover pot with lid. Let sit overnight.

In the morning, stir the oats and warm over medium heat, stirring occasionally. There may be a bit of water in the pan - just cook until you reach the consistency you like. Then, add toppings and serve.

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