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4 Irish Meals: Done Healthy

YES!!!

It’s St’ Patrick’s Day!

AND

We are going TRADITIONAL!

If you’re of Irish descent like me, or you just like wearing green or shirts that say kiss me, you have to celebrate the luck of the Irish and try these St. Patrick’s day recipes!

Here’s the only thing though. You know with me, it’s gotta be healthy.

To take it one step further, I have cut back on potatoes and grains and starchy carbs, so I wanted to make sure I curated recipes that fit with this eating style. Whether you eat paleo, gluten free, dairy free or just practice clean eating, these recipes are for you!

But HOLD ON……

To prepare these recipes, you have to dress in GREEN…….. Just kidding!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!

 

IRISH POTATO LEEK SOUP

My family and I go to the Goose’s Acre Irish Pub at least once a month, and every time I go I absolutely have to have their Potato Leek Soup. The salty bacon, the oniony leeks….I usually finish the chunky potato soup in 5 minutes. So for months I tried to match their recipe at home and didn’t have too much success, but I finally found the perfect combination of ingredients that tastes as close to the restaurant’s soup as I can get.

Trust me, You will LOVE this!

 

 

Potato_Leek_Soup

 

Ingredients:


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 large leeks, white and light green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 3 tbsp freshly chopped green onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup Irish Cheddar

 

Instructions:


  • Cook the bacon in a large saucepan over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes.
  • Transfer with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Discard all but about 1 tbsp fat from the pan.
  • Add the remaining 1 tbsp butter, then add the leeks and garlic; cover and cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the stock, 2 cups water, the potatoes and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper; cover and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and simmer, partially covered, until the potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • Puree half the soup in a blender (remove the filler cap to let steam escape), then return to the pot.
  • Add the cream and bring to a simmer.
  • Add 2 tbsp of the green onions ¾ cup of the Irish cheddar and cook until cheese is melted and green onions are tender, about 3 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve topped with remaining green onions, cheddar, crumbled bacon and fresh parsley.
  • Enjoy

 

IRISH BANGERS AND MASH

Bangers means Sausage….

Mash refers to Potatoes being mashed instead of preparing any other way….

Prepare these two together  (the right way of course…) and you get a soul warming comfort food. I got this recipe from the Wellness Mama, make sure you go check her out. I love the way she uses cauliflower instead of potatoes for a twist on this traditional Irish meal!

 

Bangers_and_mash

 

Ingredients:


  • 1-1.5 lbs sausage of choice (I use beef for this)
  • 2-3 bags frozen cauliflower
  • 3 T butter
  • 3 T cream cheese (optional)
  • 2 onions
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • 1 tsp coconut flour or arrowroot
  • salt, pepper, garlic and basil

 

Instructions:


  • Boil 2 quarts of water and add cauliflower
  • Boil until soft and remove from heat.
  • While that is cooking, brown sausages in skillet over medium/high heat
  • When sausages are cooked, remove from pan and add sliced onions
  • Cook onions until soft and add beef broth to deglaze pan
  • Add coconut or arrowroot to thicken and spices to taste
  • Pour water off of cauliflower
  • With immersion blender or hand blender, blend cauliflower, butter cream cheese and spices until smooth.
  • Scoop cauliflower “potatoes” onto plate and serve with whole or sliced sausage . Top with onion gravy.
  • Enjoy!

 

 

CROCK POT CORNED BEEF AND CABBAGE

I know you love a quick and easy meal…

I do too!!

This crock pot corned beef and cabbage is a no-fuss meal that is fantastic for St. Patrick’s day or a week night  dinner with the family. I absolutely love Corned Beef and Cabbage, and this version from Skinny Taste is incredibly easy and perfect for those times when you are way too busy to think of spending all day in the kitchen.

 

Corned_Beef_and_Cabbage

 

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:


  • In a 5-6 qt crock pot, place brisket, carrots, parsnips, pearl onions, parsley, bay leaves, peppercorns and 3 cups of water.
  • Cover and cook on high 4 hours.
  • Add cabbage, cook on high 1 hour 20 minutes more.
  • Remove meat, slice and serve with Cauliflower Puree or Buttermilk Mashed Potatoes.
  • Enjoy!

 

SHEPERD’S PIE WITH A TWIST

 

This Irish meal is comfort food at it’s finest. And the way that The Real Food Dietitians make it, with sweet potatoes, makes it a vitamin packed healthy twist on the traditional recipe.

The best part….

This recipe includes an appropriate amount of carbohydrate, proteins, and fats so it makes for a macro balanced meal for those of you in my ROCKIN’ BODY Society doing my Flexible Meal Plan System!

 

 

Sweet_Potato_Sheperd_Pie

 

Ingredients:


Pie Filling:

  • 1 lb. grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
  • ½ green pepper, chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp. dried rosemary
  • ¾ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt or to taste
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • 3 oz. tomato paste (about 6 Tbsp.) (such as Muir Glen)
  • 1 Tbsp. flaxseed meal (such as Bob’s Red Mill) + 2 Tbsp. water (may substitute 1 egg white)

Sweet Potato Topping:

  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed (~3 ½-4 cups cubed)
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil or butter
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. sea salt

 

Instructions:


  • Preheat oven to 375℉.
  • Combine the flaxseed meal with water and set aside.
  • In a skillet on medium heat. Begin to brown ground beef.
  • Once beef is partially browned, add chopped carrots, onions, peppers and minced garlic.

 

 

THERE YOU ARE! 4 amazing Irish meals for you to choose from that won’t break your healthy eating plan. Absolutely perfect for a delicious St. Patrick’s Day menu for your family!

These are super easy recipes, I can’t wait to hear which one you choose! Be sure to leave me a comment and let me know!

 

Sláinte!

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