Monday, March 16, 2009

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Do you usually get your green on with the "traditional" Corned Beef and Cabbage? Well, you might want to skip the corned beef this year because it can pack a major punch of calories, fat, and sodium. Instead go for another traditional Irish recipe: Irish Stew, with 279 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 31 grams of protein this lean alternative will keep you on the right track and still allow you to celebrate in style!

Read the History of St. Patrick's Day Here

** Okay so you are ready bought the Corned Beef try the following recipe by Alton Brown- it skips the butter; and pair that beef with a salad and whole grain bread!
Corned Beef and Cabbage Recipe
2 to 2 1/2 pound Corned Beef Brisket
1tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground allspice
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 pound diced carrots, approximately 4 small
1/2 pound diced onions, approximately 2 small
1 pound potatoes, peeled and chopped, approximately 3 medium
1/4 pound diced celery, approximately 2 stalks
1 small head cabbage, chopped, approximately 2 pounds
Place the corned beef, pepper, allspice, bay leaves and salt into a large 8-quart pot along with 3-quarts of water. Cover and set over high heat. Bring to a boil, decrease the heat to low and cook, at a low simmer for 2 1/2 hours.
After 2 1/2 hours add the carrots, onions, potatoes and celery. Return to a simmer and cook uncovered for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, add the cabbage and cook for an additional 15 to 20 minutes until the potatoes and cabbage are tender. Remove the bay leaves and serve immediately.

1 comment :

  1. Now you tell me, I already bought the corned beef--well a big salad and lots of water ought to help. :)