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It’s not what most non-Irish people think about when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day fare or even Irish foods in general. But when it comes to Fiberlady’s high fiber menu selection, the classic steaming bowl of oatmeal persists in the hearts and stomachs of those who understand the natural goodness of high fiber foods.

Your Irish ancestors knew the importance of whole grains for their high fiber diet. There are references for the use of oats for human consumption in Ireland as early as 438 A.D.

In August 1999, the FDA endorsed the claim that diets that are abundant in whole grains, like oats, potentially may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. The new food pyramid suggests that adults should eat 3 – 4 servings of whole grains a day. That applies to Leprechauns as well.

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health stated that by regularly eating oatmeal people can also help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes. Blood glucose levels are more stablized after eating oats which is vital for diabetics.

Another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition concluded that a daily dose of oatmeal can lower high blood pressure. It appears to be something about the soluble fiber in oatmeal. Another benefit of consuming oats is the lowered risk of heart disease since there is no cholesterol or saturated fats in oats.

Haven’t you felt that very satisfied feeling in your belly after eating a comforting bowl of oatmeal. That feeling lasts a while which naturally keeps you from heading back to the kitchen right away for more food. Fiberlady likes that common sense approach to weight loss.

There is no doubt that the dietary fiber in oats is highly significant to one’s health. They hold many nutrients no matter how they are cooked since they are not refined. Obviously, oats don’t have to be eaten just for breakfast, but go ahead and try the recipe below. There are many high fiber recipes that include oats as a main ingredient for any meal. Just the way Fiberlady intended.

Overnight Peach Oatmeal

6 servings

Ingredients:

1 cup steel-cut oats (or Irish oatmeal)

4 cups water

1 cup dried peaches, chopped

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup white grape juice

1 (6-ounce) carton peach or vanilla flavored low-fat yogurt

6 tablespoons English walnut pieces, toasted

 

Combine oats and 4 cups water in 31/2-to 4-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low setting 6 to 8 hours, or until oats are tender and cereal is thick.

Combine peaches, nutmeg and white grape juice in a small saucepan. Cover and heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer 8 minutes, or until peaches are tender. Uncover and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until liquid is slightly reduced.

To serve, spoon cooked oats into individual serving bowls. Top each with 2 to 3 tablespoons warm peaches and syrup, then a dollop of yogurt. Sprinkle with walnuts.

Per serving: Calories: 214; Total Fat: 6 grams

Fiber: 4 grams

Stephanie Shank aka Fiberlady has studied nutrition for many healthy years which prompted her commitment to a high fiber lifestyle and the development of her informative website High Fiber Health

 

Use your heart-shaped cookie cutter to make Shamrock Cookies for St. Patrick’s Day.

Time needed from start to finish, including time to put icing on the cookies, 2 to 2.5 hours.

Yield: 2 dozen large shamrock cookies

Shamrock Cookie Recipe

* 1/2 cup shortening

* 1/2 cup butter or margarine

* 2 cups sugar

* 3 eggs

* 1/4 cup milk

* 1 teaspoon vanilla

* 1/2 teaspoon salt

* 5 cups flour

Cream shortening and sugar together. Beat in eggs. Stir in milk, vanilla and salt. Mix in flour. Work the dough with your hands for a minute before rolling out.

Roll out the dough to 1/8 inch thick. Use flour as needed to roll out the cookies.

For each shamrock, you will need 3 heart-shaped cookies. Place one heart on an ungreased cookie sheet, then put one heart on each side at a 90-degree angle so the tips at the bottom are overlapping. Gently press the cookies together where they overlap.

Take a lump of dough the size of a small walnut. Roll into a rope. Press one inch of the rope onto the bottom of the shamrock. Shape the remaining rope into a stem and flatten gently. (Four or five shamrocks will fit on each cookie sheet.)

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 12 minutes, or until golden brown.

Immediately remove the cookies from the cookie sheet and allow to cool.
When the cookies are cooled thoroughly, frost with shamrock icing. For added decoration, use cookie sprinkles, if desired.

Shamrock Icing

(makes enough to frost 2 dozen shamrock cookies)

* 3 cups of powdered sugar

* 1/4 cup soft butter or margarine

* 5 or 6 tablespoons milk

* 1/4 teaspoon salt

* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

* 10 drops green food coloring

Measure the powdered sugar into a mixing bowl. Work the butter/margarine into the dry powdered sugar with a mixing spoon. Add salt and vanilla. Add the milk 1 tablespoon at a time and mix thoroughly after each addition. When the icing is finished, add the food coloring and mix thoroughly.

Here are some pictures of Shamrock Cookies =>[http://www.ruralroute2.com/cookie_pictures.php]

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A St. Patrick’s Day party punch will be one of the first things your guests notice, so you want to make sure your punch won’t disappoint them. This St. Paddy’s Day Leprechaun party punch will be a hit with young or old. This Leprechaun party punch recipe is different from the usual “sherbet and soda” punch recipes, and it is a difference your guests will enjoy. This recipe is for a non-alcoholic punch that can easily be converted with a bottle of one additional ingredient

A nice “extra touch” for your punch is to have a couple theme-shaped ice blocks floating in the punch bowl. Shamrock-shaped ice blocks would look perfect. Use aluminum foil shamrock-shaped cupcake molds that you can find at your local grocery or party supply store. Fill them with water, add a few drops of green food coloring, cover with clear wrap and freeze them. Voila’! green shamrock ice blocks to float in your Leprechaun punch.

Leprechaun St. Paddy’s Day Party Punch

Serves approximately 30 – 6oz. cups

Ingredients:

2 ea. – 2-litre bottles Ginger Ale**
60oz. Pineapple juice 2 ea.
12 oz. cans frozen orange juice concentrate*
3 ea. – 3oz. boxes Lime Jello/gelatin mix 21/2 cups sugar

*put the OJ concentrate in the refrigerator instead of the freezer so they will be thawed/softened when you are ready to use them

**put Ginger Ale in the refrigerator to chill

Prep:

Early prep: Mix the boxes of lime Jello mix into a quart of hot water, stir until completely dissolved. Set aside to cool. When cool, add 5 cups cold water, OJ concentrate, and sugar. Stir until well mixed, then refrigerate until time to put out the punch bowl for the party.

Party Prep: Pour the pre-prepped liquid gelatin/OJ in the punch bowl first, and then add the chilled Ginger Ale and pineapple juice, and stir until well mixed. Crushed ice can be added if desired. Add 1 or 2 shamrock ice blocks and it is ready to serve.

And that is all there is to making a great St. Patrick’s Day Punch. This St. Paddy’s Day Leprechaun party punch will be the hit of your party that your guests will remember all year long. (they will expect more Leprechaun party punch next year too)

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