Teresa is from the Southern state of Alabama. Raising a large family on a small budget, she's learned to cook delicious food efficiently.
Celebrate with the Luck of the Irish
We all love St. Patrick’s Day and the “wearin’ of the green.” Seems like March 17 is the day everyone wants to be Irish--or at least eat and drink like they are!! Everyone loves to wear green and punish those who don’t with a “pinch.” Also, green beer is a popular American beverage almost anywhere you go on this day.
In this article, we will give you a couple of traditional Irish Recipes that won't knock you out of ketosis
A Brief History of the Keto Diet
The typical food eaten on St. Patrick’s Day is not what one would call Keto-friendly. The Irish are known for being a culture of eaters that loves carbohydrates. From the creamy mashed potatoes to fluffy, sweetbreads, it spells out to read NON-KETO. We have some GOOD NEWS! We have converted two recipes to make them Keto friendly.
The low-carbohydrate Keto diet has become very popular in the United States. Ireland is not far behind, ranking high in Google searches.
The Keto diet is fueled by a high fat count--almost 90 percent of one’s daily calorie count. The Keto diet gained popularity because of its many success stories. Dieters have reported losing weight quickly, burning calories, and lowering hunger pangs at the same time.
Originally the Keto diet was meant to treat children with epilepsy. Being in a state of Ketosis prevented the incidence of epileptic seizures. In addition, the Keto diet is a great way to control diabetes and pre-diabetes. It is also known for treating patients with high blood pressure and lowering their cholesterol triglyceride count.
Getting to a state of Ketosis is the ultimate goal of the Keto diet. This state is when the body starts to burn the fat for energy. The way this happens is because of a decrease in carbohydrate intake. When carbohydrates are lowered and fat is increased the fat is changed into ketones and converted to energy.
Carbohydrate intake must be less than 20-50 net carbs for the average adult in order for ketosis to occur. The way you measure net carbs is by subtracting the fiber count from the carbs. Not only must you say goodbye to bread and soda; but also to fruits with high sugar and vegetables that have a lot of starch (potatoes and sweet potatoes).
Will You Lose Weight on the Keto Diet?
It has been proven that a low-carb, high-fat diet like the Keto diet can create weight loss success during the first two to six months. A person on the Keto diet will lose more weight than someone on a regular low-fat, high carbohydrate diet.
The Keto diet is a great way to kick start a weight loss plan. After the first year, the advantages of the Keto begin to equal that of other popular diets. It is time to convert to a diet with a carb intake you can live with for the long term.
When will you begin to see the Results of Keto?
You will start to see results right away on the Keto diet. However, it is most likely going to be the water weight you are losing at first. Actual results vary from person to person and are dependent on their level of activity.
It could take up to four days to reach the state of ketosis. Once you are there you will feel less hungry and have fewer cravings.
Can You Burn More Calories on the Keto Diet?
Research on the subject is conflicted and limited. There is proof you can burn more calories on the keto diet, but how active you are as an individual will play a big part in this.
Irish Roasted Salmon
Many people don't think about fish as an Irish Dish, but Ireland is an island country surrounded by an ocean filled with wonderful food.
- 1 crushed red pepper flakes (shake)
- 1 tsp. Virgin olive oil
- 2 salmon fillets
- 2 tsps. Whiskey
- 3 tsps. Brown sugar substitute
- Heat your oven to 375 Fahrenheit.
- In a heated skillet, cook the two salmon fillets with the skin down. Using a spoon to rub into the fish, use the spoon to scrape the sugar that melts down the sides.
- Place the salmon in the skillet into the oven for about 3 mins.
When the liquid starts bubbling a little, it is a good sign that it is done.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
What Irish table can go wrong with this dish? It is the whole meal in one pan.
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 2 to 4 hours mins
- 1 (about 4 lbs) corned beef brisket with the spice packet
- 1 medium head cabbage, sliced into wedges
- 2 tbsps brown sugar substitute
- 1 whole Cauliflower, chopped
- 2 bay leaves
- ¼ cup horseradish
- 1 tbsp cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp sugar substitute
- 1 to 1½ cups corned beef reserved cooking liquid
- 2 tbsps plain almond or coconut flour
- 3 tbsps butter
Mustard Sauce (Optional)
- 2 tbsps Dijon mustard
- 8 oz. (1 cup) sour cream
- Place the brisket, spices in seasoning packet, bay leaves, and sugar in a stockpot or Dutch oven large enough to fit all ingredients. Pour water over the ingredients up to about an inch and allow to boil over a high heat setting. Lower the heat to a low setting, cover, and allow to simmer for 120 minutes (2 hours).
- Place the cabbage into the pot with the rest of the ingredients. Increase heat until the mix boils. Lower the heat to a low setting, cover, and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes. Take out the corned beef and vegetables (keep them warm though).
- Add the Cauliflower after 2 hours and increase the heat until it boils. Lower the heat to a low setting, cover, and allow the food to cook under low heat until the beef and vegetables are tender or for about 10 to 20 minutes.
- Reserve about 1 to 1½ cups cooking liquid by straining. Skim the fat of the reserved cooking liquid. This will be used in making the horseradish sauce.
- Mix the sour cream and Dijon mustard.
- Over medium heat setting place a small saucepan, and then lightly coat the bottom of the pan with 3 tbsp butter until it melts and stir in the flour until even and smooth. Slowly whisk in a cup of the reserved cooking liquid. Stir in a tbsp of sugar substitute, cider vinegar, and horseradish and bring to a boil. Stir continuously the whole time. Keep on cooking and stirring until the sauce thickens. Add more reserved cooking liquid if needed. Season with more sugar substitute, horseradish, or vinegar if needed.
Set the Tone
While you are preparing these lovely recipes and getting your home ready for your guest or your loved ones, try playing some Irish music softly in the background to help you set the mood.
This is one of our favorites. It will have you dancing a jig around the table.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration Feast: Irish Comfort Food Recipes
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