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Weekend Do: Be Irish! [Irish Soda Bread]

Even if you’re not! [I'm raising my hand over here!]

I said a few posts ago that I’m not a huge fan of classic Irish cuisine, but I really do love Irish Soda Bread… when it’s baked right. Just a tad sweet, crispy on the outside but moist on the inside, warmed from the oven with a bit of butter (or Earth Balance) smeared on? Perfection. It’s also a great hangover cure from all that Guinness and those Irish Creams. Just sayin’.

And if you really want to be authentic and not just green, like this

…then this…

…is your perfect solution.

Irish Soda Bread

4 cups flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 tbsp sugar

1 2/3 cups almond milk

1 tbsp + 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup raisins

Sift the flour, baking soda, salt, and sugar together in a small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the almond milk and lemon juice together. Add the raisins, and let sit for about an hour.

An hour later, stir in the flour mixture, little by little, eventually switching to using your hands to knead, until dough is a little sticky but doesn’t completely to your hands and can be kneaded easily into a solid ball. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spritz with a bit of cooking oil. Put the loaf on top of the pan, dust with a bit of flour, and bake at 425 degrees for 25-30 minutes, until firm to touch, slightly browned, and a toothpick plunged in the center comes out clean.

Let cool for a couple minutes before transferring to a wire rack. I highly recommend serving it with some butter while it’s still warm!

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Healthy Shamrock Shake

HOORAY FOR MY IRISH HERITAGE!!!

Oh, wait. I am exactly 0% Irish.

But, good news! There is a special day in March when everyone can claim they’re Irish. We all wear green and say things like “Kiss me! I’m Irish!” when we’re actually French and Austrian. Keep it on the DL.

And luckily, it’s the same deal with food. Good thing, too, since Irish food isn’t exactly vegan-friendly. Or Victoria-friendly. True Life: I hate potatoes. Sorry.

But March is the month of green food! Green bagels, green cookies, and…

Green Shamrock Shakes!

And YAY! Mine is a play on the healthy Green Smoothie. Double Green. DOUBLE WIN.

Shamrock Shake

1 cup almond milk

2 cups spinach leaves

1/4 package lite tofu

2 tsp vanilla extract

drop of peppermint extract

stevia to taste

walnut whipped cream (optional)

Blend the almond milk, spinach leaves, tofu, vanilla, peppermint together until smooth. Pour into glass and swirl in or top with walnut whipped cream.

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