Chipotle Pork + Cabbage Salad St. Patty's Day Dinner (Low-FODMAP, Gluten-Free, Diary-Free, Paleo)

 

I am mostly Scottish, but I am also 6% Irish...what does this all mean you ask? It means I love love my whisky! I know, I know, I'm a nutritionist talking about alcohol, but I'm also a human. Since I have deep Gaelic roots and I'm also a Christian, and St. Patrick's Day honors the Saint who converted much of the Irish population from paganism to Christianity; I think that's something worth celebrating! I'm not suggesting you should over indulge in alcohol, but raise a glass and commend St. P for a job well done. Diet is really about checks and balances anyways; unless a medical condition is preventing you from letting go now and again, then there is nothing wrong with a bit of leniency.

 
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What we put in our bodies, do with our bodies, and put on our bodies is something we can often control in this busy world we live in; remember food restrictions can easily turn to food disorders. This is my reminder that it's okay to enjoy and love food and drink for what it is, and I'm not just talking alcohol here.

St. Patty's Day has has a poor reputation for drunkenness and partying, but it is deeper than an excuse to cut loose. My family celebrates St. Patty's Day with prayer, dinner and a good whisky. This year I will be teaching my five year old about the Holy Trinity, and we will be doing a craft using the shamrock because it is said that is how St. Patrick explained the Holy Trinity to the Pagans.

 
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Okay...

Let's talk about DINNER! Every year I usually keep it pretty traditional. This year however, I took it a step further and made every recipe Paleo and low-FODMAP. All of these recipes can be cooked at the same time and will take 45 minutes from start to finish. I have four recipes for my St. Patty's Day celebration and it completes a well rounded meal. My favorite part, aside from the flavor, is the budget. A lot of this meal was considered peasant food not too long ago. You can make this dinner for around $20 and that's using organic and high quality ingredients. A dinner for 4-6 for only twenty buck? That's not too shabby, now is it?

1. Chipotle Pork

2. Cabbage & Fennel Salad

3. Dairy-free Cheesy Tatties

4. Steamed Broccoli with salt (see below)


For the Broccoli:

1 bag broccoli florets, roughly two heads of broccoli

3 tablespoons ghee, or butter

1 teaspoon salt

Directions

I used to think that I needed a fancy steamer to steam veggies, but I have learned that's not the case at all. Add 1 inch of water to the bottom of a medium pot, dump in the broccoli and steam on high for five minutes. Drain and toss the cooked broccoli with butter/ghee and salt. Done.


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Serves: 4-6