Healthy Alternatives to Your Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Dishes
Looking for lighter versions of your favorite St Patrick’s Day dishes? We Have Healthy Alternatives to Your Favorite Irish Meals!
St. Patrick’s Day is quickly approaching and the grocery stores are stocked full of Irish-inspired treats many of which are not very healthful. But, just because you want to eat healthy does not mean that you cannot enjoy some of your favorite St. Patrick’s Day meals. Here are 7 traditional Irish dishes, but with some untraditional twists that make them lighter and more nutritious than their historical counterparts.
Corned Beef Cabbage Wraps – Homemade Interest
These corned beef wraps are a delicious and healthy alternative to a Reuben sandwich and a fun, and portable, take on corn beef and cabbage! The wraps are stuffed with a carrot and parsnip mash, and lean, tender, pieces of corned beef, making it perfect for a gluten-free diet!
1 Hour Vegan Shepherd’s Pie – Minimalist Baker
Packed with vegetables, lentils, and no animal products, this Shepard’s Pie recipe is both nutritious and delicious! But, the best part about this recipe may be that it only takes an hour to make, from start to finish, and it is excellent left over.
Mushroom Stuffed Cabbage Rolls – Vanilla and Bean
If you are looking for a light but also hearty and satisfying cabbage roll recipe, this vegan version will not disappoint. The recipe calls for long grain brown rice and porcini mushrooms, but you can easily use any type of rice or mushrooms of your choosing! In fact, you can easily customize the flavor and texture of these wraps by including some of your favorite vegetables.
Vegan Colcannon – Meet the Shannons
This take on Colcannon uses cauliflower instead of potatoes. It also cuts out heavy cream and includes kale. If you don’t like kale, or are looking to add more vegetables, leeks and cabbage work well in this dish.
Irish Brown Bread – Ethnic Spoon
Irish brown bread is similar to Irish Soda Bread, but the recipe calls for whole wheat flour and molasses instead of white flour and sugar, making it a healthier alternative. Many opt for brown bread over soda bread today, as it is a heathier option. However, in the past, people opted for brown bread because whole wheat flour was cheaper than white flour, so brown bread was more economical! Luckily brown bread is just as delicious!
Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup – Gimmie Some Oven
Looking for a new take on corned beef and cabbage and a fan of soups? This recipe melds two crowd pleasers into one, and is a great way to pack in lots of vegetables. For a lighter option, choose a low-fat vegetable broth and be sure to use lean corned beef. This is a great low-maintenance recipe that can be made in the crockpot.
Light Cheddar Ale Soup – Healthy Delicious
How can cheddar ale soup be healthy? Well, this recipe uses a half head of cauliflower, rather than milk fat, to thicken the soup, and it also provides more nutrients. While the recipe does call for cheese, they recommend using a lighter, reduced fat, option. You can easily make this recipe vegetarian by opting for a low-sodium vegetable broth, instead of chicken broth.