St. Patricks Day Facts & Recipe

St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner, and did you know that St. Patrick’s day isn’t actually an Irish holiday? It’s a Christian holiday commercialized by America. The US is responsible for making St.Patrick’s Day what we all know it as today. 

The first St. Patty’s day parade was in 1601 in a Spanish colony now known as St. Augustine, Florida. From there, the day has only grown and become celebrated worldwide. St. Patrick’s day was originally a day when “all prohibitions of lent were lifted” for one day to celebrate St. Patrick himself. 

St. Patty’s day traditions range all over the world. Every year the Chicago River is dead green using a vegetable dye. Originally they used 100 lbs of dye causing the river to be green for several days. It has since been reduced to only 40 lbs of dye, and only lasting a few hours. However, for the first time since the tradition started, the river will not be dyed this year. 

When we think of St. Patrick’s day, we often associate Guinness beer with this holiday. Guinness is advertised every year to promote St. Patty’s day drinking and festivities. Guinness is brewed in Ireland, which is why Guinness is prompted as the official beer of St.Patricks day.” 

Now you’re portably asking yourself, “How can I stay on track this St.Pattys day??” Luckily for you, we have a few tips and tricks to help you still enjoy the festivities without having to stray away from your healthy lifestyle. 

We have the perfect recipe to help you keep on track but still enjoy a little Irish culture. Balanced Habits very own Irish strew! It is delicious, hearty, and healthy. The best part…it has parsnips, turnips, AND Guinness beer! What more could you want? This recipe mainly uses ingredients you probably already have in your fridge! 

Some fun facts about Irish culture and their favourite veggies….which are also found in the stew! Irish people used to carve Turnips for Halloween instead of pumpkins at Halloween. Next to potatoes, parsnips are one of Ireland’sIreland’s favourite vegetables.

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Lets get into the recipe!

St. Patricks Day Stew Recipe

Yields: 8 servings,

1 unit cup = 1 heaping serving

This recipe takes up to 2.5 hours form start to finish.

  • 2 Tbsp. Canola oil, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup White Whole Wheat Flour
  • 2.5 pounds Select Beef Chuck Roast
  • Boneless-trimmed of fat/cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp. Kosher Salt, divided
  • 4 cups Sweet Onion, diced (about 2large)
  • 1 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
  • 4 cups Fat-Free, Low-sodium BeefBroth
  • 11.2 oz. bottle Guinness Draught beer Beer, or other Dark Belgium Beer
  • 1 Tbsp. Raisins
  • 1 tsp. Caraway Seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. Coarsely Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups (8 oz.) peeled, sliced Carrots, 1/2” thick (sliced both round and diagonal)
  • 1 1/2 cups (8 oz.) peeled, sliced Parsnips, 1/2″ thick (sliced both round and diagonal)
  • 1 cup (8 oz.) Turnip, peeled, cubed, 1/2″ thick
  • 2 Tbsp. Flat-leaf Parsley, finely chopped


Step 1: Trim and cube the beef.Sprinkle 1/2 tsp. kosher salt over the cubed beef. Add the flour to a shallow flat dish. Dredge the cubed beef in the flour until all coated. Set aside. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large deep pot (Dutch oven is good, but not necessary) over med-high heat. Add half the butter to the oil. When hot, add half of the floured beef; cook 5 minutes, turning to brown all sides. Remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Repeat the process, including remaining oil and butter, and beef. 

Step 2: Add chopped onion to the same pot. You might need to spray onions with canola oil cooking spray. Cook about 5 minutes or until onion is tender; stirring occasionally. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and beer, scraping pan to loosen any browned bits. Return meat to the pot. Stir in remaining 1/2 tsp. salt, raisins, caraway seeds, and pepper. Bring to a boil.

Step 3: Cover pot and reduce heat to med-low to simmer for one hour, stirring occasionally. Uncover after one hour and bring to a boil. Cook for 50 minutes, stirring occasionally.Add carrot, parsnip, and turnip. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and bring to a boil; cook 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle each individual bowl with parsley. Enjoy

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