It’s here, the greenest day of the year! But I don’t mean the most eco-friendly day, just the most colorful one… St. Patrick’s Day! From clothes and decor to drinks and food, green is the color of choice this lucky holiday. And I’ve compiled my favorite vegan, healthy and gluten free recipes that fit this booze filled day! Some will help you stave off a hangover and others will just put a smile on your face and put you in the St. Patrick’s mood! Enjoy!
- Drunk Broccoli
- Irish Stew
- Irish Potato Soup
- St. Patrick’s Potato and Apple Pudding
- Green Kabobs
- “Bacon” N’ Tater Salad
And as a bonus, here’s a little history lesson about St. Patrick’s Day!
St. Patrick’s Day was originally observed in America by Irish soldiers who longed for home during the Revolutionary War. During the years, the popularity of St. Patrick’s Day grew. While it was considered a minor religious holiday in Ireland, it became more and more commercialized in the states as the years went on.
From dyeing the Chicago River to the parades and Guinness drinking debauchery, it really has become an excuse to drink green food and beer. And oddly enough, many of the traditions such as the shamrock and wearing green as well as the myths about St. Patrick driving the snakes out of Ireland and even being Irish, are actually all fabricated!
While there was a Patrick who ultimately became quite pious and followed the path to become a bishop, much of what we have now come to base this fun, clover colored holiday on is all a bit of a composite passed down and added too as generations grow older.
Either way, enjoy your St. Patrick’s Day and we hope it’s happy, healthy and green!!