Celebrating Vegan St. Patrick's Day

Today is the one day where anyone can put on the color green and say "I'm Irish" whether it's the truth or not. So, I'm taking advantage. It's fun, you should try it, green beer and all. Okay maybe not green beer — ick, but you get my point. Let's have some fun with this!

This vegan Bailey's Irish cream recipe is unreal — honestly it is better that the store bought version. It's pretty dangerous to have around the house. It is amazing simply over ice or poured into a piping hot cup of joe. Go here for the vegan Bailey's Irish Cream recipe. It's so simple and quick to make!

Go here for the vegan whole wheat irish soda bread recipe. If you're just looking for a traditional (non-vegan) recipe, check out this recipe. My favorite way to eat Irish soda bread is toasted and "buttered" with Earth Balance.

roasted cabbage

For the ultimate St. Patty's day side dish — cabbage steaks. Go here for the recipe.

And finally, for the main dish, Lucky Vegan Irish Stew:
1 white onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 large leek, sliced, discard green portion
3/4 c. fresh curly parsley, chopped
1/2 t. ground thyme
1 bay leaf
7 carrots, chopped lengthwise into 1 inch pieces
2 celery ribs
3 T medium pearl barley
4 c veggie broth or stock
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
10 small golden potatoes, cut into small cubes
1 c fresh green beans, chopped into 1 inch pieces
brown sugar, to taste
salt & pepper

In a large heavy-bottomed pan, heat evoo over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and leek and sauté until translucent.

Add parsley, thyme and bay leaf and stir. Add carrots, celery and pearl barley. Pour in the veggie stock and apple cider vinegar.  Cover and cook on low heat for 10 minutes.

Add potatoes, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Occasionally stir.

While waiting, practice your Irish jig.

Add green beans, cover and cook for about 15 more minutes or until potatoes are fork tender. Salt and pepper to taste. If the stew has too much of a vinegary taste you can add a pinch or two of brown sugar to counteract — but just add a tiny bit at a time — sweet stew is yucky. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve the stew in large flat soup bowls, garnish with parsley. 

St. Patrick's Day isn't complete without a cold glass of Green River.

Today I leave you with an old Irish blessing. May love and laughter light your days, and warm your heart and home. May good and faithful friends be yours, wherever you may roam. May peace and plenty bless your world with joy that long endures. May all life's passing seasons bring the best to you and yours!

So go ahead, put on the greenest outfit you own and have some fun. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

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