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St. Patrick's Day Irish Menu: 6 Healthy, Plant-Based Vegan Recipes to Celebrate

Classic St. Patrick's Day food often involves Corned Beef, cheesy potatoes, fried sausages, and some sort of fake green dyed milkshake.  Getting back to the roots of Irish cooking, this healthy, plant-based, vegan menu uses simple staple ingredients:  cabbage, turnips, potatoes, kale, mustard, dill.  These plant-based, oil-free recipes mean you can still celebrate the holiday without suffering a food hangover.  

6 Healthy, Plant-Based Oil-Free Recipes for your

St. Patrick's Day Celebration


 Irish Boiled Cabbage and Potatoes with Mustard Dill Sauce

Irish Boiled Cabbage and Potatoes with Mustard Dill Sauce

Irish Boiled Cabbage and Potatoes with Mustard Dill Sauce

Skip the Corned Beef and go straight for the vegetables.  This hearty, one-pot dish makes use of seasonal winter vegetables.  Cabbage, turnips, potatoes, and carrots are steamed until tender.  Then a quick sauce is made with the delicious pot-broth simply by adding fresh dill and a good amount of Dijon mustard.  This satisfying, budget-friendly dinner is great on its own, but you can enjoy leftovers over steamed barley or Irish Colcannon.


Irish Potato Kale Colcannon

 Irish Potato Kale Colcannon

Irish Potato Kale Colcannon

Irish Colcannon is a traditional comfort food, usually made by mashing together hearty potatoes and cabbage.  This dairy-free vegan version swaps out the cabbage for a more vibrant green color with kale.  A simple, easy, one-pot dish that works great as a base for a hearty Irish stew.  This is healthy comfort food at its finest.


 Irish Vegetable Barley Soup

Irish Vegetable Barley Soup

Irish Vegetable Barley Soup

Hearty barley is a healthy whole grain that provides fiber and protein in this fat-free, vegan soup. This recipe is based on simple Irish flavors with seasonal winter vegetables.


 Easy No-Yeast Irish Brown Bread

Easy No-Yeast Irish Brown Bread

Easy No-Yeast Irish Brown Bread

This easy Irish Brown Bread doesn’t require any yeast, making for a quick loaf.  Traditionally using white flour, this healthy version uses whole grain oat flour for a slightly nutty flavor.  Vegan buttermilk adds a slight bite while flax replaces the standard eggs.  Make a loaf of this and enjoy as a base for avocado toast, hearty sandwiches, or sopping up the broth from a hearty stew


 St. Patrick's Super-Green Minty Sham-mock Vegan Milkshake with Spirulina

St. Patrick's Super-Green Minty Sham-mock Vegan Milkshake with Spirulina

St. Patrick's Super-Green Minty Sham-mock Vegan Milkshake with Spirulina

Take a healthy twist on celebrating St. Patrick's Day with this minty sham-"mock" vegan milkshake.  The secret to the natural green color in this smoothie recipe is spirulina powder: just a dash adds plant-based iron, calcium, and protein.  Served up in a chilled, glass for some dairy-free Irish luck any day of the year.


 Quick Luck-of-the-Irish Green Potato Bites with Moringa

Quick Luck-of-the-Irish Green Potato Bites with Moringa

Quick Luck-of-the-Irish Green Potato Bites with Moringa

These tasty green-inspired potato bites are a nod to the Irish luck on St. Patrick's Day.  You can make a batch quickly, using just your microwave.  Serve this as a tasty appetizer for a green-themed party, or enjoy as a delicious side dish at brunch.  These vegan, gluten-free snacks will be a great buffer for your Irish-inspired imbibing.  Leprechauns approve.


About the Author:

 Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons

Chicago Personal Chef Katie Simmons

Chef Katie Simmons

Katie is a Personal Chef based in Chicago.  She specializes in creating delicious, healthy recipes for those with special dietary concerns like gluten-free, vegan, oil-free, and low-residue.  Outside of the kitchen, she is a Fitness Instructor for Equinox, with over 15 years experience in the fitness industry.  For fun, she loves to travel.  Some of her favorite trips have included hiking the Incan Trail, backpacking 5 months in New Zealand, and tasting the flavors of Northern India.  The Irish love is an homage to her maternal Grandma, Rose Hagan, who wondrously fed 9 children every day with simple foods like potatoes, kale, and cobbler.