St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. It’s a fun holiday to celebrate with good food, friends and usually drinks, drinks, drinks! This year we will skip the drinking as we’re sticking to an anti-inflammatory diet. Our Paleo St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Menu will consist of: Braised Corned Beef, Paleo Colcannon, Grain Free Irish Soda Bread, and Shamrock Shakes (with no added sugar).
The ZenSweet house is usually gluten and grain free, but the reason for the extra care to keep an anti-inflammatory diet is because I’ve recently been diagnosed with late stage Lyme disease. This is a long story for another day, and as I learn more about chronic Lyme and my path to healing I will be sure to share these stories. I will say, so far I’ve learned chronic Lyme disease is a very under-diagnosed and complex issue.
So, since we can’t partake in a Guinness, whiskey or Irish coffee, we will be enjoying a superb meal instead. This Paleo St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Menu is sure to please all of your guests. I personally get tired of the age old boiled corned beef, cabbage and red potatoes. So, we’ve changed up the corned beef by braising instead of boiling, and the cabbage and potatoes by making a delicious Paleo version of Colcannon (adapted from A Girl Worth Saving).
The recipes for this meal are relatively easy to prepare the day of your St. Patty’s Day Feast, but take a lot of time to pre-prep, braise and bake. If you brined your own corned beef using our Homemade Corned Beef Brine Recipe then you’ve really put in a labor of love with the extra time (as it was 5-10 days to brine alone). There are a few time consuming prep steps, but really it’s just letting the food sit since there is very little active cook time.
One Quick Tip:
I braised the corned beef at 275 degrees Fahrenheit for about 2 hours. I turned the oven up to 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 65-70 minutes to bake the Irish Soda Bread and took it out so it would have time to cool and set for dinner. After the bread baked, I turned the oven back down to 275 degree to continue braising the corned beef for another 4 hours. In the last 1 1/2 hours of braising, I baked/warmed the Paleo Colcannon so all the food was ready at the same time. If you do not braise your corned beef, feel free to bake the bread and warm the Colcannon at the same time.
And Now…To These Delicious Recipes!