Every year, this Irish holiday has us feeling festive. And we can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a proper St. Patrick’s Day meal. This annual celebration signifies a bridge from winter into spring, conjuring comfort-food cravings mixed with a yearning for fresh and lighter flavors. Mark the Irish holiday in your home by making one or more of these perfectly delicious and healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
You won’t need any luck to nourish your body with our wholesome twists on traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipes. Here you’ll find a range of St. Patrick’s Day meal ideas (all using real-food ingredients), such as:
- Dinner Recipes (classic stew, Shepherd’s pie, and more)
- Side Dishes (everyone loves a good potato dish!)
- Desserts (DIY Shamrock Shakes anyone?)
Though you won’t find beer-soaked corned beef, Irish cream, or Baileys among the list here. We’re sure you’ll find several St. Patrick’s Day recipes that will bless your table with good health and great flavors.
St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Appetizers & Sides
This fun play on “Green Eggs & Ham” is just the recipe to get your little leprechauns in the holiday mood. Don’t forget a playful green appetizer when you’re planning your St. Patrick’s Day meal this year. Avocado replaces the mayo in these light green-hued deviled eggs that will disappear faster than a pot o’ gold! Loved deviled eggs? Then you should also try this Deviled Egg recipe, featuring Greek yogurt and fresh herbs.
Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Grain Free | Nut Free | Paleo | Whole30
What could be more Irish than a perfect potato recipe? Well, one with a delicious green drizzle sauce makes it a wee bit more! Trust us when we say these Crispy Smashed Potatoes are one of our favorite St. Patrick’s Day recipes – next level in every way. We describe them as somewhere between a baked potato and a really thick-cut potato chip, with tender insides and crispy edges.
Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Egg Free | Nut Free | Vegetarian | Whole30
St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: St. Patrick’s Day Meal
Make the ultimate cozy-comfy meal by employing your instant pot to make this hearty Irish stew that tastes like it has been slow-simmered for hours. Filled with veggies and tender hunks of beef or lamb, it’s nutritious and so appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t have an instant pot? No worries, we included slow cooker directions, too. Serve up our Garlic Cheddar Biscuits on the side.
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A classic comfort casserole gets a fun twist and plant-based makeover with this full-flavor vegan version of cottage pie. In this perfect St. Patrick’s Day recipe, a thick and creamy lentil and veggie filling gets topped with delicious seasoned garlic-chive mashed potatoes and baked until warm and heavenly.
Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Nut Free | Vegetarian | Vegan
No St. Patrick’s Day recipe collection would be complete without a really good Shepherd’s Pie. Though the dish has English origins, the Irish version, called pióg an aoire, is said to fill your stomach and warm your soul. Our fresh take on tradition swaps in vitamin-rich sweet potatoes in the mash, plenty of veggies, and grass-fed beef hash or lamb.
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Two Irish staples (cabbage and potatoes) come together in this easy weeknight dinner that will have you feeling like you just found a four-leaf clover. Not only because you’ll be filled with those good comfort food feels, but also because you won’t have a pile of dishes waiting for you afterward. Serve it with a Guinness or Irish whiskey and good grainy mustard to really capture the spirit.
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This hearty beef soup might be one of the easiest St. Patrick’s Day recipes you’ll ever make! Reminiscent of a Guinness Beef Stew, but lighter and easier. Simply toss the beef stew meat, root vegetables, diced tomatoes, broth, and seasonings in a slow cooker. Come back at dinnertime, ladle yourself a bowl, and enjoy it with a side of Irish soda bread or sourdough. Add a pint of Guinness to round out this St. Patrick’s Day meal.
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Keep things fresh and easy with your St. Patrick’s Day meal this year by serving this simple sheet pan dinner. Feature kielbasa sausages, pre-made gnocchi, and fresh vegetables like spinach and bell pepper, this St. Patrick’s Day recipe is well-rounded and delicious.
Gluten Free | Grain Free | Dairy Free
St. Patrick’s Day Recipes: Something Sweet
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this tasty and refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake made with 100% real and nutritious whole foods! We much prefer this full-flavor dessert choice to something like brownies or cake. Simply whirl up nutrient-dense spinach, avocado, banana, and mint into a creamy better-for-you Shamrock Shake recipe you’ll want to keep making year-round.
Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Nut Free | Vegan
Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, these perfectly simple and satisfying dark chocolate mint cups are just the thing to end your festive St. Patrick’s Day meal. Made by enrobing mint-coconut butter in silky chocolate, these tasty treats will disappear as quickly as a leprechaun!
Gluten Free | Dairy Free | Paleo | Vegan
As they say in Ireland …
May your troubles be less and your blessings be more.
And nothing but happiness come through your door.
And as we say here at The Real Food Dietitians …
May your food be delicious and your heart at ease.
Because health and happiness go together like carrots and peas!
Delicious and Healthy St. Patrick’s day Recipes
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