Here are some of the best healthy St Patrick’s Day Food Recipes that you can make to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your family or beloved friends. The most prominent Irish-inspired foods include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and Irish soda bread.
What Is Saint Patrick’s Day all about
Saint Patrick’s Day, also known as the Feast of Saint Patrick, is a cultural and religious holiday observed on March 17th, the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, Ireland’s prominent patron saint.
Though the holiday was at first largely religious, 18th-century European immigrants to the United States brought St. Patrick’s Day traditions with them, and the holiday slowly became secularized.
U.S. cities with large Irish populations staged elaborate celebrations, with Boston beginning the tradition of an annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737.
Though the celebration was originally primarily religious, 18th-century European immigrants to the United States brought with them St. Patrick’s Day traditions, and the holiday gradually became secularized.
Cities with strong Irish populations in the United States held lavish celebrations, with Boston starting the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1737.
Despite the fact that St. Patrick was associated with the color blue, St. Patrick’s Day became associated with the color green in reference to Ireland, and Irish and non-Irish people alike now celebrate in a variety of ways, including wearing green clothing, eating traditional Irish food, and even drinking green beer.
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Best Healthy St Patrick’s Day Food Ideas
Here are the top healthy green and non-green recipes to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with your friends and family.
Sautéed Chicken and Cabbage Skillet
Protein-rich chicken and savory cabbage come together in this easy, delicious, and super healthy low-carb Chicken and Cabbage Skillet. Packed with carrots, cabbage, and chicken, this recipe is very healthy. Finished by sauteeing, this recipe is sure to please the pickiest of eaters on Saint Patrick’s day. Check it here.
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie (Gardener’s Pie)
A deliciously elevated plant-based version of a classic comfort dish. Filled with mushrooms, lentils, onions, carrots & peas in a rich gravy and topped with mashed potatoes and cauliflower. Hearty, healthy & so satisfying! Check it here.
Salmon and Cucumber Bites
Smoked salmon and cucumber bites are delicious appetizers for celebrating Saint Patricks Day. Smoked salmon is a very popular ingredient in Irish cooking, and features frequently in Irish finger foods. Try these healthy bites made with smoked salmon, cucumber, and radishes. Check it here.
Naturally Sweetened Pot o’ Gold Applesauce
This Naturally Sweetened Pot o’ Gold Applesauce is such a fun St. Patrick’s Day snack! It’s quick and easy – and so healthy, too! With natural sweetness from a surprising (golden!) mix-in, your kids will love the luck-o-the-Irish twist, and you’ll love all the great nutrition! Check it here.
Shamrock Veggie Skewers
Want to really make your green veggie dips extra special? Serve them with these EASY and fun Shamrock Veggie Skewers! (And don’t worry … we’ve got 2 simple ideas for creating those cute shamrocks.) Check it here.
Cabbage Stir Fry
If you’re looking for a quick, simple, and super budget friendly meal, then this Cabbage Stir Fry is for you. With a combination of inexpensive cabbage, carrots, and noodles as the base, this easy cabbage lo mein style dish is easy on the wallet, ready in 20 minutes, and packed with nutrients! Check it here.
Irish Potato Bread
Potatoes are a staple of Irish cuisine. So it’s no surprise that potato farls or potato cakes are a popular dish that common in Ireland. A few ingredients create a delicious potato bread that everyone will love! Check it here.
Traditional Irish Boxty
If you’ve never had Irish boxty, you’re missing out! One of the best potato pancakes you’ll ever taste, they are made with both raw and cooked potato. They are served in Ireland for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and are a popular menu item in restaurants and pubs! Check it here.
Vegan Beef Stew
Rich, hearty, and comforting, this Vegan Beef Stew is the perfect cozy dinner. It is packed with vegetables, vegan beef chunks, and a savory broth full of flavor and pairs wonderfully with a slice of Irish soda bread. This hearty meal is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day family dinner and also makes leftovers to enjoy the next day. Check it here.
Irish Mashed Potatoes
These Irish mashed potatoes, flavoured with tender green onions and butter aka Champ, are a welcome addition to your standard mash recipe! Check it here.
Cabbage Vegetable Soup
This delicious Cabbage Vegetable Soup is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Make it easily in the Instant Pot or Stovetop. This soup is high in fiber and flavor, but low in calories and fat. Check it here.
Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
Thick, creamy and made with fresh ingredients, this mint chocolate chip smoothie can be breakfast or dessert! Based on the popular Shamrock shake this mint smoothie uses real mint and is swirled with homemade chocolate sauce to give you the best of both worlds. Check it here.
Reuben-Topped Irish Nachos
Typical Irish Nachos swap in potatoes for tortilla chips before being piled high with Mexican-style nacho toppings. But our version of Irish Nachos gets even more full-on Irish-y … they’re topped with the ever-popular flavors of a reuben sandwich! Easy to make and seriously delicious (with healthy tweaks all along the way)! A fun appetizer everyone will love! Check it here.
Colcannon Soup – An Irish Potato Soup With Cabbage
Make this delicious Colcannon soup of an Irish inspired potato soup! This soup is filling and delicious and a great meatless dinner. Check it here.
Irish Soda Bread Muffins
These Irish Soda Bread Muffins are the perfect St. Patrick’s Day treat! These muffins are made with simple wholesome ingredients, rustic, and light. Delicious! Check it here.
These Matcha Pancakes are such a treat. Soft, sweet, vanilla flavored, absolutely delicious. So easy to make too, using only a few simple ingredients. Vivid green and perfect for St.Patrick’s festivities. Check it here.
Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookies
These Matcha Chocolate Chip Cookies are such a great treat. Dense, chewy, flavorful. Packed with bits of dark chocolate and amazing oats. Lovely dessert to serve for St. Patrick’s Day! Check it here.
This pesto quinoa is easy to make, nutrient-dense, and flavor-loaded. It’s delicious served at any temperature and can be prepared in advance. Plus it’s got that perfect, eye-pleasing green hue that just screams St Patrick’s Day! Check it here.
Ginger, Lemon & Spinach Green Smoothie
If this shamrock smoothie wasn’t green you wouldn’t be able to tell it has spinach in it! Perfect for a healthy breakfast – it’s quick, super nourishing and tasty. It tastes like a green juice but in smoothie form which is even better for you because of the added fiber! Check it here.
These healthier Irish nachos are a crowd favorite. Thinly sliced potatoes baked with turkey bacon, cheddar cheese, fresh veggies and creamy avocado combine to make this perfect dish. Great for St. Patrick’s day! Check it here.
Green Monster Smoothie
This Green Monster Smoothie is creamy and full of flavor. It’s packed with nutrients and lots of protein making it a healthy, satisfying breakfast or snack! Check it here.
Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread
Everything a traditional Irish soda bread should be, only this one is gluten-free and vegan! A simple flour blend and spotted with raisins, everyone will feel the luck of the Irish with this simple soda bread recipe! Check it here.
Vegan Irish Colcannon
Who doesn’t love some mashed potatoes? This traditional recipe for Vegan Irish Colcannon is gluten-free, allergy-free, paleo, made with cabbage, but without the dairy! A cheap and easy staple Irish side dish that will quickly become a comforting family dinner staple! Check it here.
Easy Lentil Shepherd’s Pie
This insanely Easy Vegan Lentil Shepherd’s Pie is made in less than 30 minutes! This hearty meatless recipe is just 10 main ingredients, gluten-free, allergy-free, featuring protein-packed lentils, veggies, and simple dairy-free mashed potatoes! Healthy and budget-friendly comfort food the whole family will love and devour! Check it here.
Irish Potato Candy
Irish Potato Candy is such a fun and easy treat to make! This vegan version of the old-fashioned candy is completely dairy-free and gluten-free! A no-bake homemade recipe that’s just 6 ingredients, full of the classic sweet creamy coconut and cinnamon flavors you love, plus it can be made sugar-free and keto! Check it here.
Instant Pot Irish Lamb Stew
Hearty, cozy, and oh so delicious, this Instant Pot Irish Lamb Stew is a perfect one pot dinner! It’s made with lamb shoulder, lots of hearty vegetables, and a little stout. And because it’s so simple to make, it’s great for a weeknight dinner or your St. Patrick’s Day celebration! Check it here.
Paleo Braised Cabbage and Sausage
This healthy braised cabbage and sausage is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day recipe! It is made entirely in one skillet and has savory hearty flavors. The cabbage becomes so soft and tender. Check it here.
Spinach Banana Pancakes
Add some green pop to your breakfast pancakes with Spinach Banana Pancakes! You won’t even taste the greens but will fall in love with the color! Check it here.
Green Veggie Bowl
If you’re feeling the green vibe then you’ll love this super easy green buddha bowl idea! It’s full of nutrients and packed with flavor! Check it here.
Easy Fish Pie
This easy Fish Pie Recipe is perfect for you if you love fish. It is the ultimate comfort food made with chunky pieces of fish, leeks, peas, and aromatic fresh herbs in a creamy white sauce, topped with fluffy and cheesy mashed potatoes. Check it here.
Healthy Shamrock Shake
Our shamrock shake is a healthy take on the St Patrick’s Day treat! You’ll love how creamy and delicious is, and it’s even kid-approved! Check it here.
Colcannon-inspired Vegan Potato soup
A hearty Colcannon-inspired Vegan Potato Soup with loads of potatoes, leeks, onions, fresh spinach, cannellini or Flageolet beans and soy yogurt for a delicious and comforting bowl of Irish Soup, just in time for St. Patrick’s day, If instead of chunky you prefer a creamy texture, use an immersion blender and mix part or all of the soup. Check it here.
Green Goddess Cabbage Salad
This delicious green goddess cabbage salad is a wonderful combination of finely diced cabbage, green onions, cucumbers, chives, and a creamy dressing. Check it here.
This pesto pasta is a quick and delicious pasta recipe for dinner. It is delicious, flavourful and can be made in less than half Ann hour. Check it here.
Green Goddess Dressing
This green goddess dressing will make any salad interesting! Made with lemon, olive oil, Greek yogurt, and a mix of herbs, it will be sure to delight! Check it here.
Spinach Tuna Melt
This is one of our favorite ways to add some extra nutrition into our lunches. This Spinach Tuna Melt recipe is everything you love about a tuna melt except with the added nutrition of spinach that even kids will love! Check it here.
Instant Pot Corned Beef
This Instant Pot Corned Beef recipe is super simple to make and is full of flavor! The meat is melt-in-your-mouth tender with a sweet mustard glaze on top. The beef is served up with the classic pairings of cabbage, potatoes, and carrots and the best part is it can be ready from start to finish in about 2 hours. Check it here.
Pea and Mint Risotto
This simple pea and mint risotto is perfect for spring and takes less than half an hour to make. It’s made with arborio rice, flavoured with butter, stock, garlic and parmesan and brightened with fresh mint, garden peas and sugar snap peas. Check it here.
Instant Pot Irish Chicken Stew
This hearty Dump and Start Instant Pot Chicken Stew recipe is full of pantry staples and super quick to make thanks to the Instant Pot. This Irish chicken stew recipe is just in time for your upcoming St. Patrick’s Day celebration, or anytime you want to serve up a satisfying and filling chicken stew quickly and without a lot of prep. Check it here.
Guinness Beef Stew
Tender beef in a savory broth topped with a crunchy cheesy baguette. This comfort food even has a crock pot option! Check it here.
Healthy Colcannon (Irish Mashed Potatoes)
Do you still need a delicious side dish for your St. Patrick’s Day feast (or any day)? This version of Irish mashed potatoes, or colcannon, is much healthier than the traditional, but just as tasty! We use Greek yogurt instead of copious amounts of butter, plus a few extra flavorful ingredients, to result in smooth, rich potatoes without all the saturated fat! Check it here.
Green Banana Mint Pancakes
On St. Patrick’s Day, everything is green. These Banana Mint Green Pancakes are no exception. They’re fluffy, sweet, and minty – à la shamrock shake without the 20 teaspoons of sugar! Another thing: they don’t have any artificial coloring in them! These are naturally green, using spinach. Check it here.
Green Savory Spinach Crepes
Fresh spinach and herbs make for mighty delicious super green crepes. These thin green pancakes are vegan & packed with good-for-you veg. Soy sauce adds a depth of flavour, and basil a kick of brightness. Plump tomatoes, juicy asparagus & earthy hemp seeds add a delicious crunch. A simple weeknight meal, light lunch, or breakfast made in 10 minutes! Check it here.
Green Mint & Mango Chutney
This easy green mint & mango chutney is a healthy raw relish made within 10 minutes. Packed with mint, ginger, chili & mango, it’s a lively blend of luscious scents & flavours! Check it here.
Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup
Let your slow cooker do the cooking for this traditional Irish dish. Corned beef, cabbage, carrots and potatoes simmer along with sauerkraut for stick to your ribs soup. Check it here.
Mint Chocolate Smoothie
Say hello to this smooth and creamy Mint Chocolate Smoothie! This smoothie tastes like mint chocolate chip ice cream, but it’s made with wholesome and healthy ingredients. It is just as delicious for breakfast as it is for dessert! Check it here.
Irish Flag Veggie Tray
This Irish Flag Veggie Tray is simple, festive, AND HEALTHY! You can’t go wrong with that. Once your three stripes are all filled in with your favorite veggies, you can add the optional cucumber shamrock to the center just for fun! Check it here.
Gluten Free Barmbrack (Irish Tea Bread)
Gluten-Free Irish Barmbrack is a dense and chewy tea loaf packed with dried fruit and warm spices. It’s incredibly satisfying and traditionally served toasted and spread with butter alongside a cup of tea. Check it here.
Green Bread with Spinach
A green bread perfect for you if you are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. If not, you should still bake it, it is a delicious, simple and satisfying homemade bread that your family will love. Check it here.
Cabbage Roll Soup
This cabbage roll soup has all the same flavors as classic baked cabbage rolls, but with way less work! This unstuffed cabbage soup is hearty, filling and the perfect choice for an easy dinner option. Check it here.