Lá Fhéile Pádraig! (Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!)
But I also wanted a festive, green dessert to help round things out. However, I had a lot of requirements (I prefer the word requirements to restrictions 😉 ) for our dessert, which made it more difficult than the typical green Irish-dessert themes one finds when you Google recipes:
- Hubby doesn’t drink alcohol, so no desserts with alcohol.
- Neither of us drinks coffee, so no Irish coffee. (Plus, see above — so that’s two counts against poor Irish coffee. Makes me feel badly for it.)
- The dessert must be no-sugar-added/sugar-free (void of a high level of concentrated sugars, be they from fruit juices, white sugar, brown sugar, molasses, honey, etc.).
- If possible, I wanted the dessert to be green without my having to add green food coloring to it (I didn’t want to add green food coloring to sugar-free vanilla pudding, for example).
- I wanted something a bit more festive than sugar-free lime Jello gelatin with fruit and nuts in it. 😉 (No offense to Jello gelatin, and yes, I know that green gelatin has green food coloring in it — but it’s not added by me, it doesn’t count for my green Irish dessert purposes 😉 )
As Kermit said so well, “It’s Not Easy Being Green.” (Come on, take 116 seconds and sing along with Kermit — you know you want to!!)
But then, I remembered a refrigerator pie I’ve made based on a recipe I found at the Kraft Foods website for Triple-Layer Lemon Pie. And I figured I could make a pretty tasty green dessert with it!
Yes, yes, yes, I know — it uses convenience products: sugar-free instant pudding mix and Cool Whip Lite.
I’m not “above” using convenience products because they are just that: convenient. I do respect those who have concerns about the chemicals and preservatives in such products. If convenience products of any sort just aren’t your thing, that’s just fine. 🙂
So anyway, here’s my Triple-Layer Green Pie 😉
Triple-Layer Pistachio Pie (Makes 1 pie, 8 servings)
- 9″ graham cracker crust (I make my own, which I’ll address in another post one day)
- 2 (4 servings each) packages no-sugar-added instant pistachio pudding
- 2 cups milk (skim or 1%)
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 8 ounces Cool Whip Lite
- Pour 2 cups milk into a medium-sized bowl. Whisk in pudding mixes and 1 tablespoon lime juice. Mixture will be THICK.
- Spread about half to just over half of the mixture into the bottom of the graham crust.
- Fold in about half (or a bit less than half) of the Cool Whip Lite into the remaining pudding mixture. Spread into pie plate on top of first layer.
- Spread other half (or a bit less) of Cool Whip Lite on top of pie. I like to put little decorative swirls in it with my spatula. 😉 I also like to lightly sprinkle the top of the pie with a light dusting of graham cracker crumbs to “dress up” the top of the pie a bit more.
- Refrigerate until set, about 2 to 3 hours.
- Keep stored in refrigerated.