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17 St. Patrick's Day Recipes Better Than a Pot of Gold

Celebrate the luck of the Irish on March 17 this year with recipes fit for a leprechaun king!

Make sure you have the luck of the Irish on your side this St. Patrick's Day. While many people associate the holiday with free-flowing booze and festive parties, there are many great St. Patrick's Day recipes that can bring a taste of Ireland right to your plate.

From green-colored foods to the traditional feasts of Irish natives, there is something for every palate to enjoy on the holiday, and throughout the year.

1

Traditional Corned Beef

sliced corned beef on a cutting board
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

It doesn't get more Irish than corned beef. Though a fun fact about this dish, it is actually a slab of pickled brisket, but I think we can all agree, corned beef sounds a bit more appetizing.

While this is one fo the classic St. Patrick's Day recipes you need at your celebration, the easy slow-cooker preparation makes it a meal you can use to feed your whole family any time of the year.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Corned Beef.

2

Easy Baked Cabbage

cooked cabbage wedges on a baking sheet
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Too often, people remember the soggy, flavorless cabbage casseroles of their youth without realizing the great potential that this vegetable has. In this easy recipe, cabbage is the star of the show, and you won't find a soggy leaf in the house. Cook this as a side dish for your corned beef, or have it as the main event when you're looking for vegetarian-friendly St. Patrick's Day recipes.

Get our recipe for Easy Baked Cabbage.

3

Copycat Shamrock Shake

copycat shamrock shakes
Kiersten Hickman/Eat This, Not That!

Every year when McDonald's announces the return of the Shamrock Shake, fans from across the nation flock to their nearest drive-thru. But, you don't even have to leave the house to have your very own minty milkshake, thanks to this spot-on copycat recipe. At just four ingredients, you'll want to keep this recipe on hand long after March has passed.

Get our recipe for Copycat Shamrock Shake.

4

Short Ribs Braised in Guinness

Low-calorie short ribs braised in guinness
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Simply drinking your Guinness on St. Patrick's Day isn't enough. With this recipe, you get to eat it too. Beer and beef have always gone hand-in-hand, but the braising method here really brings out the best of both flavors. And, the best part is, you can have little sips of the Guinness while you are cooking!

Get our recipe for Low-Calorie Short Ribs Braised in Guinness.

5

Hearty Baked Potato Soup

Healthy baked potato soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

A cold March night calls for a big pot of soup. And after a day of celebrating on St. Patrick's Day, there is nothing better to come home to than hearty baked potato soup. Many Irish recipes utilize an abundance of potatoes, but this soul-warming classic never gets old. And, if you make enough for leftovers, it is even better the next day…though it might just be so good that you don't find yourself with any leftovers at all!

Get our recipe for Hearty Baked Potato Soup.

6

Grandma's Irish Soda Bread

irish soda bread
Courtesy of Sally's Baking Addiction

That baked potato soup would be nothing without a big hunk of freshly made bread to sop it up with. There is no better bread for St. Patrick's Day than Irish soda bread. Buttermilk and cold butter are the perfect combination that sets this recipe apart, and the baking soda gives the loaf its signature texture.

Get the recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction.

7

Golden Mango Smoothie Bowl

golden mango smoothie bowl with pomegranate and kiwi
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

What fun is St. Patrick's Day without a hunt for a pot of gold? In this case, bring the gold right to your breakfast table with this healthy, golden mango smoothie bowl. As a lighter, but still filling, breakfast option, this festive bowl will be the perfect start to a day that might end with some heavier eating (and drinking). If you are making this for your family, you might want to think about using it as the symbolic pot of gold to end a leprechaun scavenger hunt.

Get our recipe for Healthy, Fruity Golden Mango Smoothie Bowl.

8

Lamb Chops and Cauliflower Mash

Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Lamb and potatoes are a dinner staple in Ireland throughout the year. The hearty combination of meat and starch is often seen as the perfect ending to a long day working outside. With this lighter, keto-friendly alternative, you still get all of the flavor, with fewer carbs, thanks to a clever swap for cauliflower over potatoes. You can still indulge in all of the classic flavors of Ireland without blowing your low-carb diet this holiday.

Get our recipe for Keto Lamb Chops and Cauliflower Mash Dinner.

9

Guacamole

Guacamole
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Get international this St. Patrick's Day! Okay, so maybe guacamole isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think Irish foods, but this green dip certainly feels in line with the mood of the holiday. Spicy flavor from the jalapeño here is a great way to break up the hearty, heavy tastes of more traditional Irish foods like beef and potatoes. Not to mention, a bit of guacamole out will make your St. Patrick's Day party even more memorable for your guests!

Get our recipe for Guacamole.

10

Shepherd's Pie With Sweet Potato Topping

Paleo bbq pork shepards pie
Waterbury Publications, Inc.

Shepherd's pie is the original Irish casserole. With a combination of meat, veggies, and a potato topping, it is easy to see why this classic recipe has endured the test of time and geography. With this lighter take on the classic, a sweet potato topping replaces the traditional white potato and a healthy dose of kale sneaks even more nutrients into the meal without sacrificing any of the flavor.

Get our recipe for Paleo BBQ Pork Shepherd's Pie With Sweet Potato Topping.

RELATED: The easy way to make healthier comfort foods.

11

Slow Cooker Beer and Beef

Slow cooker beef and beer
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

The origins of this recipe may be more Belgian than Irish, but when you serve a stew made of beer, beef and onions, we doubt anyone will be questioning your Irish authenticity. For even more great Irish flavor, use Guinness as your beer of choice when putting the beef in the slow cooker. Give it a try; you'll thank us later.

Get our recipe for Slow Cooker Beer and Beef.

12

Classic Shepherd's Pie

Healthy shepherd's pie
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

For the purists out there, nothing screams St. Patrick's Day quite like shepherd's pie. This Irish comfort food leaves nothing to be desired. When it comes to meat, traditionally, shepherd's pie is made with lamb, because that is what early Irish farmers had available to them. You can certainly stick with that for the sake of tradition, but the option of ground sirloin here provides a leaner meal without losing any flavor.

Get our recipe for Classic Shepherd's Pie.

13

Green Keto Shake

keto avocado blueberry hemp seed shake
Waterbury Publications

Don't forget to wear green—or drink your greens—this St. Patrick's Day. Show your Irish pride with a tasty green shake that will make you feel good while still getting you in the holiday spirit.

Get our recipe for Green Keto Shake.

14

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

two bowls of pumpkin bread pudding with spoons on wire rack and wooden background
Jason Donnelly

Bread-based desserts are a common Irish staple. The king of these is bread pudding. The gooey, warm dessert is the perfect end to a meal and feels like a decadent treat served with a side of vanilla ice cream. Break out of the traditional mold by introducing new flavors to this tried-and-true classic: pumpkin. Your guests will love this variation, and you'll be wondering why it can't be St. Patrick's Day every day.

Get our recipe for Pumpkin Bread Pudding.

15

Green Machine Veggie Casserole

whole30 veggie casserole with slice popped out
Posie Brien/Eat This, Not That!

On the day of green, make sure you are getting in all of your greens. It won't be hard to do with this Whole30 green machine veggie casserole. Don't worry, the eggs and canned coconut milk give this casserole a decadence that is usually reserved just for dessert. Because, on St. Patrick's Day, even your vegetables deserve to feel festive!

Get our recipe for Whole30 Green Machine Veggie Casserole.

16

Crispy Cod Recipe with Sweet Potato Fries

crispy cod with sweet potato fries in a basket
Brie Passano

Take fish and chips fit for a Dublin pub and bring them right to your kitchen. There is almost nothing that evokes the feeling of hopping the pond quite like enjoying this British and Irish staple. Lighter than the deep-fired version, this baked option is easier to make and perfect for getting into the spirit of the holiday with your whole family.

Get our recipe for Crispy Cod Recipe with Sweet Potato Fries.

17

Beer Can Chicken

Low-calorie beer can chicken
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Beer, meet chicken. Chicken, meet beer. We think this introduction is long overdue. There is no way to get chicken juicer and more flavorful than with the introduction of beer. And can you think of a better way to kick-off this lifelong partnership than with a St. Patrick's Day meal? Gather your friends around the grill and crack open a cold beer (though… hopefully not the one you are using for the bird). This is going to be an amazing holiday surrounding by friends and family to remember.

Get our recipe for Beer Can Chicken

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