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Unforgettably Delicious, St. Patrick’s Day Recipes can also be Healthy

St. Patrick’s Day Food is some of the most delicious of any holiday. 

For women who want to eat healthy, there are a plethora of St. Patrick’s Day recipes to choose from. Below, you will find St. Patrick’s Day dinners, St. Patrick’s Day desserts, and St. Patrick’s Day sides. 

All these LadyBoss recipes are geared toward making sure you eat yummy meals, healthy traditional Irish Foods this St. Patrick’s Day.

St. Patrick’s Day, LadyBoss style!!! 

Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, have a family of picky eaters, or just need inspiration for this special day, you will find the tastiest of what the internet has to offer in Irish recipes. And, the you won’t have to worry about these foods adding any pounds this spring.

In the recipes below, you’ll something to suit everyone when it comes to St. Patrick’s Day food options.

The only thing you will need to be careful of is limiting your alcohol intake. Or even better, you can say “NO!” to alcohol altogether this St. Patrick’s Day. You even miss not drinking as you eat the incredible LadyBoss® LEAN cookies! 

Traditional Irish Foods are Filling, Nutritious, and Delicious… And Healthy!

You don’t have to overindulge to enjoy St. Patty’s Day this year.

There are lots of great options to choose from that will align with your caloric needs.

If you love the traditional Irish dishes of corned beef, pork chops, or lamb chops, understand that these are the ultimate comfort foods. While they can be made in a healthy way, they should be enjoyed in moderation. 

Preparing most Irish Dishes starts with choosing a cut of meat that is as lean as possible. You also want to make sure there are no added hormones, preservatives, or fillers. Then, make sure your recipe is as healthy as possible by leaving out any extra oils or fatty additions. 

How To Make Corned Beef and Cabbage: A Flavorful, Traditional Staple

cornedbeef

If you want to impress your family and friends for this St. Patrick’s Day Dinner and you’re curious as to how to make corned beef brisket, we’ve got you covered. You can slow cook this easy corned beef and cabbage recipe in a crockpot using minimal effort. Here is how to do it! 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs lean corned beef brisket, all fat trimmed off
  • 1 cup frozen pearl onions
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 small head cabbage, cut into 6 wedges
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/8 tsp whole peppercorns

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a 5-6 qt crock pot, place brisket, carrots, parsnips, pearl onions, parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns and 3 cups of water.
  2. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.
  3. Add cabbage, cook on high 1 hour 20 minutes more.
  4. Remove meat, slice and serve with your favorite healthy side. Enjoy!

How To Make Healthy Parsnip and Potato Mash

mash potatoes

Healthy Parsnip and Potato Mash is a St. Patty’s Day favorite. It is a dish the whole family will love, even your picky eaters! Plus, it is full of nutrition and provides that comfort food feeling we all enjoy so much! After all, there is nothing better than classic mashed potatoes! 

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INGREDIENTS

  • 2 large garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 pounds fresh parsnip, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 12 ounces yellow potato (San Luis Valley Russet Potatoes), peeled and cut into slightly larger pieces than the parsnips
  • 4 to 6 cups chicken stock (homemade or low sodium)
  • Himalayan Sea Salt 
  • 3/4 cup crème fraîche
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • Large pinch freshly grated nutmeg
  • Lots of fresh ground black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine the garlic, parsnips, potato and enough stock to cover the vegetables in a large saucepan. Add a generous pinch of salt and bring it to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes or until the vegetables are quite tender. 
  2. Scoop out about a cup of the hot stock and set aside. Drain the vegetables and return them to the pot. Mash with the crème fraîche and butter, but leave the mixture slightly chunky. You can use a food mill or a ricer if you prefer a smooth puree. If the mash seems dry, stir in some of the leftover stock. Keep the rest of the stock for serving at dinner.
  3. Stir in the nutmeg and season with salt and pepper to taste. Keep warm and covered, reheating over medium-low heat just before serving and adding a little more stock if necessary. This can be made a day or two ahead of time and refrigerated.

How To Make Winter Squash and Lentil Stew

Squash Stew

Perfect for warming up from the chilly outdoors, this classic recipe is simple, delicious, and good for the body. Once you make this squash lentil stew recipe, it will become a family favorite. You can make it with vegetable broth for an even healthier vegan stew, too!  With almost 20 grams of protein, it will fill you up and leave you nourished, fulfilled, and content this St. Patrick’s Day. Ready to find out how to make it? 

Winter Squash and Lentil Stew 1

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 medium shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 6 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1 1/2″ chunks
  • 1 pound green lentils, picked over
  • 5 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In your pressure-cooker pot, on medium, cook the shallots and ginger in oil for 5 minutes or until shallots are golden. Stir often. 
  2. Add the coriander and cardamom. Cook for 1 minute. Stir the entire time. Add the squash, lentils, broth and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  3. Cover, lock, and bring up the pressure to high. Then, reduce the heat to medium-low. 
  4. Cook for 12 minutes. Release pressure by using quick-release function.
  5. Stir in spinach, vinegar and 1/2 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Enjoy! 

St. Patrick’s Day Food Desserts

Sugar Cookies

Here is a secret: St. Patrick’s Day desserts don’t need to be unhealthy.

With the amazing taste of LadyBoss® LEAN and LadyBoss® GREENS, you can actually pack a lot of enjoyment AND nutrition into your St. Patty’s Day celebration! Even the kids will enjoy these timeless treats made to fill you up and fill in your nutritional gaps this St. Patty’s Day! 

LadyBoss® LEAN Sugar Cookies

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter (vegan)
  • 2 3/4 cups flour (almond)
  • 1/2 cup Stevia
  • 1/2 Cup LadyBoss® LEAN
  • 2 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C). Line baking sheets with parchment paper or silicone baking mats. Set aside.
  2. Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
  3. Cream the butter, Splenda, and LEAN together in a large mixer bowl until the mixture is light in color and fluffy. You will be able to see the change in color happen and that’s when you’ll know it’s ready.
  4. Add the egg and mix until well combined.
  5. Mix the vanilla extract in well.
  6. Add the dry ingredients and mix until the dough is well combined. It will be thick and shouldn’t be sticky. Do not over mix. Once it’s well combined, use a rubber spatula to help it come together to form a more cohesive ball.
  7. Create 1 1/2 tablespoon sized balls of cookie dough. Gently roll into a ball. Set the balls on the baking sheet.
    (If using a cookie cutter, use the rolling pin to flatten dough. Should be about 1/4th to 1/2 inch thick)
  8. Bake cookies for 7-8 minutes. The cookies will spread and the centers will look soft, but should look done. Remove just before the edges begin to turn golden. Don’t over bake. The cookies will be a little puffy when you take them out of the oven but will fall a bit as they cool.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on baking sheets for 4-5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.
  10. Add sprinkles or frosting as desired! ENJOY!! 

Ladyboss® LEAN Sweet Protein Pancakes

St Patrick Pancakes

LEAN Sweet Protein Pancakes

INGREDIENTS

  •  1/4 cup raw oats
  • 1/4 cup fat-free yogurt
  •  2 packets stevia
  •  1/2 scoop LadyBoss LEAN Vanilla Cake Protein Powder 💕
  •  1/2 cup egg whites
  • 2 Tablespoon sugar-free or Walden Farm’s Calorie-Free Syrup

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Blend all the ingredients until a batter forms.
  2. Pour over a hot griddle and flip when the edges start browning.
  3. Top with Walden Farm’s Syrup or sugar-free syrup.
  4. Add food coloring to batter if desired. Enjoy!! 

LadyBoss LEAN Mint Shake

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INGREDIENTS

8 oz. unsweetened almond milk 

1 scoop LadyBoss LEAN Nutritional Shake Mix 

1-2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder 

A few drops of mint extract 

Optional: Gluten-free graham cracker 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Take a handful of ice cubes 
  2. Blend well in a blender 
  3. Add chocolate syrup drizzle in glass if desired
  4. Enjoy!! 

LadyBoss® Lucky GREENS Shake

GREENS Lucky Shakes

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INGREDIENTS

1 scoop LadyBoss® GREENS

1 scoop LadyBoss® LEAN⠀⠀

8-12 ounces unsweetened almond milk⠀⠀

4-5 ice cubes⠀⠀

INSTRUCTIONS⠀

Blend in blender and enjoy!⠀⠀

Conclusion

You now have the traditional Irish dishes you need to make this St. Patrick’s Day Dinner the best one ever!  After dinner is over, consider making the St. Patrick’s Day Desserts listed here to really knock the holiday out of the park.

Just don’t forget to pair your dinner with the St. Patrick’s Day Sides we have provided, too. After all, what is a healthy St. Patrick’s Day without mouth-watering mashed potatoes (and delicious green cookies and shakes)?! 

Coach Rachael, MS, BS, ACSM, NASM
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Rachael Meyer is a military spouse and mom of two boys. She earned her bachelor’s degree in health and physical education and her master’s degree in health promotion and exercise science. She is certified by both the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a personal trainer. Rachael thrives on pursuing her passion for helping women reach their wellness goals.