Kale and Blood Orange Salad

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Let’s be honest, I’ve never been a huge celebrator of St. Patrick’s Day. As someone who is 100% Greek, I never grew up celebrating it. In college I spent it like I would any other holiday, with lots of drinking. I do pretend to like it for Tim’s sake, I suppose. I mean, he is 100% Irish, so I guess I have to right? This year we didn’t have any specific St. Patrick’s Day celebrations to attend, but we did get out and see friends on both Friday and Saturday night. Did any of my Boston readers go to the parade in Southie? Should I be ashamed to admit that I have never gone?!

Anyways, I figure while the rest of the world is enjoying corn beef and cabbage, bangers and mash, and Irish car bomb cupcakes today, I will present to you an exciting SALAD. Oh yeah, get pumped. I say it’s an Irish salad because it has ingredients that are green (kale), white (feta), and orange (blood orange). That means a salad is Irish right, if it has the colors of the Irish flag?

Kale and Blood Orange Salad

Kale and Blood Orange Salad

Ingredients

  • 1 bag of kale, chopped with stems removed
  • 2-3 blood oranges, segmented
  • 1/2 cup unsalted slivered almonds
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries (or more as preferred)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • Salad dressing of choice

If adding chicken to the salad:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth (or enough to cover about half the chicken in a crock pot)
  • 2 tbsp ground mustard
  • salt and pepper to taste

Kale and Blood Orange Salad Ingredients

Directions

  1. Optional step if using meat: Put the chicken breasts in a crock pot. Add enough chicken broth to cover about half the chicken. Add two tablespoons of ground mustard, and season with salt and pepper. Cook on low for about 7 hours or on high until the temperature is around 165. When chicken is finished cooking, shred with a fork.
  2. When ready to compile the salad ingredients, massage the kale with your hands. This helps remove some of the bitter taste from the green. Place all kale leaves in a large bowl.
  3. Add segmented blood oranges, slivered almonds, dried cranberries, and shredded chicken to the bowl of kale. Toss so the ingredients are well dispersed throughout.
  4. Top with crumbled feta (see what I did there?) and salad dressing of choice.
  5. Enjoy!

Kale and Blood Orange Salad

Tim has been OBSESSED with blood oranges lately. He did the grocery shopping last week and came home with ten of them. Ten! He’s been making blood orange smoothies, I’ve been adding a wedge here and there in my seltzer, and we’ve both been having them for a healthy snack. In this salad, the blood oranges add a nice citrus component against the kale, and the cranberries add the perfect hint of sweetness. Plus, this recipe is super easy and quick to make for brown bagging your lunch for work. For the win.

Kale and Blood Orange Salad

Definitely F&F recommended!

–Let’s chat–
Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? Do you have any traditional Irish foods that you like to cook or bake? What’s your favorite “green” recipe?

For some past St. Patrick’s Day pictures, check out this post.

For a St. Patrick’s Day workout, click here.

And for some more F&F green themed recipes for today, check out:

St. Patrick’s Day Workout

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

As a 100% feta obsessed Greek, I can’t say that today is my favorite holiday of all time (that would be the 4th of July).  I have certainly done my fair share of celebrating with my Irish friends and boyfriend though.

Some pics from last night….

Tim and I went out to PJ Ryan’s in Somerville with some of my friends from home.  My beer of choice last night was Ommegang Witte, and for dinner I ordered a bunless turkey guacamole burger with a side of sweet potato fries.  Fun fact – I hate regular French fries, but love sweet potato fries.  I also enjoyed a second side of everyone’s pickles.  How do I have that many friends, and a boyfriend, that hate pickles so much?!

PJ Ryan's

We spent too much money for sure, but it was a fun night catching up with my friends!

St. Patrick's Day 2013

Some pics from last year….

st. Pats

St. Patrick's Day Collage

I honestly tried to look through my old Facebook pictures for more St. Pat’s from the past couple of years, but I can’t find any from post college.  And some of the college ones are just scary.

st pats 2007

Hi Bridge!  That was the most normal one I could find.

Anyways, today we aren’t doing anything crazy for St. Patrick’s Day.  It could be a sign that we are getting old?  However, I did want to give you guys something Irish related in F&F, so what better than a St. Patrick’s Day workout?  If you aren’t drinking today and looking for a workout to do, give this circuit a try.  You can do it one, two, or three times through.

St. Patrick's Day Workout

As noted, you can certainly feel free to rehydrate with Guinness if you wish!  Just for today.  😉

For these exercises, some recommended reps/times for each move could be:

  • 45 seconds of squat jumps
  • 12 triceps dips with kick
  • 15 pushups
  • 12 alternating front lunges (each leg)
  • 30 seconds tuck jumps
  • 15 rear lateral raises
  • 60 seconds of inchworms
  • 15 calf raises w/overhead press
  • 12 kettlebell swings
  • 60 seconds spiderman plank
  • 15 biceps curls
  • 60 seconds alternating crossover jumping jacks
  • 10 sets of YTI raises

But please adjust to your own fitness levels.  Let me know if you give it a whirl!

Do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  Share your favorite St. Patrick’s Day memory in the comments!

Top O’ the Mornin’ To Ya! St. Patty’s Day Guest Post

Hello, there.  I am Athena’s Irish friend, Shannon, and you can find me blogging over at Dresses & Desserts.

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and it is one of my favorite holidays.  Everyone loves to embrace their heritage, but I believe that you do not have to be Irish to have a good St. Patrick’s day.

Having grown up in the suburbs of Boston, followed by four years at the Catholic Providence College, there was no shortage of Irish folk to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with.  Every year my mother would dress my sister and I up in festive attire.  From a green onesie, to a Shamrock sweater and kilt, to a shamrock necklace, we were always showing our Irish pride.

Last year, I traveled to Ireland with six of my Irish college friends on a trip that I will never forget.  It was quite an adventure, but we all survived and learned a lot.  Quite a few of the stereotypes about Ireland are true:

  • It truly is the Emerald Isle, everything is so green.
  • The roads are extremely narrow so be careful if you are driving.
  • The music in the pubs is amazing, especially in Doolin.
  • They really do say “Top o’ the morning to ya.”
  • We had to stop the car because there were sheep in the road (just like in the movies).

If you ever get the chance to go to Ireland I strongly recommend it.

(I also recommend bringing many additional bags as well, if you plan on buying a lot).

Now the Irish are not known for their food.  Their main dishes are stews, lamb, potatoes, and fish and chips; and none are the healthiest of foods.  But who can forget the classic Irish soda bread?

Here is the recipe that I use for Irish soda bread:

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 tsp caraway seeds – if you are having trouble finding them, check Whole Foods, or read about my adventures finding them
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Directions

Melt butter and stir in with buttermilk.  Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, sugar, and caraway seeds in a separate bowl.  Gradually stir flour mixture in with the butter mixture.  Once they are combined stir in the raisins.  Place in greased 9” loaf pan.  Let stand 15 mins and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.

You can serve the bread plain or put a little jam on the Irish soda bread.

Not sure Fitness & Feta would approve, but I like to eat my Irish Soda bread with cheese…

I hope that you enjoy it and have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day!

Slainte,
Shannon

Thank you, Shannon, for your guest post!  If you guys want more delicious recipes, sewing projects, and crafts by Shannon please check out her blog at Dresses & Desserts and like her Facebook page here.  She has a whole week’s worth of posts dedicated to St. Pat’s stuff, that’s more than what this Greek has to offer!

What’s everyone doing for St. Patrick’s Day?