Sunday, March 16, 2008
St. Patty's Day Treats
I decided to post a day ahead of St. Patrick's Day, just in case anyone wants to use these ideas. I'm going to be making a few festive foods for my kids. Since I'm not a corned-beef-and-cabbage fan, I am mostly doing green foods. Here are some of our planned foods for tomorrow:
We are starting the day off with Diane's Green Smoothie. I have been meaning to try this on my kids for some time, and I figure that if I make it on St. Patty's Day, they might not question the origin of the green color. Then, once they already love it, it will be easier to serve more often. I have tons of fresh spinach, mixed berries, and a frozen banana ready. I'm also going to use some organic grape juice instead of soy milk. More antioxidants and natural sweetness.
I'm also going to make some Irish Soda Bread. I'm hoping to approximate the first Irish Soda Bread that I tasted, back when I worked at Mason's Bakery. I plan on using this recipe, but omitting the caraway seeds and substituting raisins for currants (because that's what I have in my pantry.) We'll probably have some of this with our smoothies and some more in the evening with our soup.
For dinner, I'll probably make Barefoot Contessa's Fresh Pea Soup, although I may be using a dollop of nonfat yogurt instead of creme fraiche. Because I need to save on calories somewhere, right?:) With it, we'll have spinach salad with Granny Smith apples, toasted nuts, dried cherries, and feta.
For lunch, Christine and I are taking Mandy out for her birthday, so my kids are having PB&J sammies with a babysitter, but I may leave some lime jello for a sweet treat. We, on the other hand, will have carrot-pineapple cupcakes with cream cheese icing. I have them baking right now. It's Mandy's birthday and she should have to eat green cake if she doesn't want it! I'll post the recipe later, or let Christine do it, since her blog is all about cupcakes.
What are your St. Patty's Day traditions? Does anyone have a tradition I can add that doesn't involve food!:) I have a real problem that way! So share your ideas with me.