Easy St. Patty’s Day Recipes

Tonight we celebrated St. Patty’s Day in a low key fashion at home. While I enjoyed leaving “Leprechaun Treats” out for my family in the morning to start their day, and leprechaun footprints in the LOs room*, I also enjoyed creating a non-traditional “green” cocktail, green salad, and Irish dessert to celebrate the holiday and the weekend.

*I used paper “footprints” in our LOs room that led her to a little “treasure”. However, if you are feeling adventurous, you can do the same with paint. Simply make a fist, and paint the exterior side with green paint. Place your fist on desired surfaces, and add a few dots for toes.


Cucumber Mint-Tini


What you need:

-vodka

-ice

-cucumber mint lemonade 

-St. Germain liqueur 

-fresh basil

-small shamrock leaf (yes, they are edible if you want to eat it)


Directions:

  1. In a shaker, muddle fresh basil.
  2. Next, add ice, about 3 shots of vodka (for 2 drinks), and 1/2 a shot of St. Germain liqueur.
  3. Shake until the vodka is well chilled.
  4. Fill a martini glass about 1/3 of the way with the liquor concoction.
  5. Pour the cucumber mint lemonade into the glass.
  6. Gently stir the drink so that it is well blended.
  7. Strain and pour the cocktail into a glass, and garnish with a washed shamrock leaf.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

***This cocktail creation came out very good, however the cucumber flavor was very strong. Next time I make this, I may skip the lemonade and muddle fresh cucumber and mint as well as the basil, and top off with a splash of regular lemonade.***

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Since we are observing Lent, and missed the memo on the dispensation today to eat meat, we opted for a very non-traditional veggie pizza. As a side, I made a pesto pea salad. This easy recipe requires three ingredients, and takes about 5 minutes to put together.

 

Pesto Pea Salad


What you need:

-frozen peas

-mixed greens salad

-pesto


Directions:

  1. Wash and dry your mixed greens and set to the side.
  2. In a small pan, cook your frozen peas.
  3. When they are done, drain, rinse with cold water, and rinse again.
  4. In a bowl, mix missed greens, pesto, and peas.

After dinner, we finished out low-key St. Patrick’s Day celebration at home with an adult dessert – Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Mousse. This dessert is also extremely easy to put together, and tastes as though you spent hours.

Bailey’s Dark Chocolate Mousse 


What you need:

-Bailey’s liqueur

-milk

-instant mousse mix

-Thin Mint cookies


Directions:

  1. In a measuring cup, pour two shots of Bailey’s liqueur.
  2. Round out the needed 1 cup measure with milk.
  3. Pour into a bowl and whisk together with the instant mousse.
  4. In a separate bowl, crunch up the Thin Mint cookies, and sprinkle on top.
  5. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

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