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Super-easy St. Patrick's Day menu

By Carolyn Malcoun, March 16, 2009 - 4:36am

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Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day. But are the days of getting sloshed on green beer in a packed pub behind you? Instead throw a dinner party at your place. The highlight of the meal is one of our easiest recipes ever: Irish Lamb Stew. Full of potatoes, leeks and carrots, it will cure what ails you. And since it’s made in traditional Irish fashion (i.e., nothing is browned first, just all thrown together), all you do is cut up the ingredients, put them in your slow cooker and turn it on. When you get home, dinner is practically done for you.

Get the recipe: Irish Lamb Stew

Not into lamb? Try our beer-lover’s Cheddar-Ale Soup, made quick and easy with precooked diced peeled potatoes. Whichever you choose, these easy accompaniments will round out your meal.

Get your green on with a simple salad, like Mixed Greens & Oranges with Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Irish Soda Bread: It takes just 15 minutes to stir up the batter, and the aroma of warm homemade bread is so inviting!

Caramelized Apple Parfaits: If you don’t have time to drain the yogurt, just make the apples and serve over scoops of low-fat vanilla frozen yogurt.

TAGS: Carolyn Malcoun, Food Blog

Carolyn Malcoun
A graduate of New England Culinary Institute and University of Wisconsin with a degree in journalism, Carolyn pairs her long-standing love for food with writing as EatingWell's senior food editor. Carolyn’s culinary interest is rooted in her childhood; she grew up making thousands of Christmas cookies every year with her mom and picking leaves off bunches of parsley to make tabbouleh with her dad. Away from the kitchen, Carolyn enjoys seeking out rare craft beers and exploring the outdoors with her husband, 2-year-old daughter and dog.

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