Healthy Irish Recipes

Find healthy, delicious Irish recipes including Irish bread, stews, fish and meat recipes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Vegetarian Shepherd's Pies

Rating: 5 stars 12
These mini vegetarian shepherd's pies feature lentils, carrot and corn, crowned with a velvety mashed potato topping. The recipe can also be made in a broiler-safe casserole dish. Serve with a spinach salad with oranges, walnuts and red-wine vinaigrette.
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Irish Beef Stew

Rating: 5 stars 2
If you're looking for a healthy beef stew recipe that delivers on comfort, look no further. This one-pot Irish beef stew is packed with veggies and rich meaty flavor. Make this Irish beef stew recipe with Guinness--a dark, malty Irish stout--to keep it authentic. Serve with a side of Irish soda bread to sop up the leftovers.
By Karen Rankin

Slow-Cooker Stout & Chicken Stew

Rating: 4 stars 31
Chicken thighs can take plenty of cooking without getting tough or drying out, which makes them perfect for the slow cooker. Here we braise them in Guinness stout along with hearty vegetables, with just the right amount of bacon for added savoriness.
By Jim Romanoff

Irish Pork Roast with Roasted Root Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars 1
In this easy one-pan dinner, boneless pork loin roast is cooked over a bed of carrots and parsnips for an all-in-one dish that makes an impressive centerpiece for a holiday meal or Sunday dinner. Choose free-range heritage pork if you can—its flavor really shines with no more seasoning than a bit of thyme and a little sea salt. If you'd like, dress up the meal with a traditional Irish apple condiment—Ploughmans chutney or Bramley applesauce, which you can find in specialty stores and online.
By Robb Walsh

Easy Gluten-Free Irish Soda Bread

Rating: 5 stars 1
This quick soda bread is best eaten the day it's made--try it with butter and jam for extra flavor. Traditional Irish soda bread made with wheat flour requires a very light touch to avoid developing the gluten, which would make the bread tough. However this dough, which is made with gluten-free flour, should be beaten thoroughly. A stand mixer is perfect for the job.
By Carolyn Casner

Whole-Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Rating: 5 stars 9
Soda breads are hearty Irish staples--wholemeal flour with large flakes of bran and wheat germ, or white flour or a mixture leavened with baking soda and moistened with buttermilk. The acid in the buttermilk reacts with the baking soda, which is an alkali, creating bubbles of carbon dioxide which rise the bread. Soda breads have the heft of a yeast bread but are made in minutes and the dough can be shaped into scones or a round loaf, depending on the occasion. Originally it would have been baked in a bastible (pot oven) over the open fire.
By Darina Allen

Skillet Strawberry-Rhubarb Crisp

Rating: 5 stars 2
Fresh strawberries and rhubarb meld together under a crisp oat crumble in this gluten-free dessert recipe made in just one skillet. If you're not gluten-sensitive, regular rolled oats will work too. Top with a dollop of whipped cream for an extra-special treat.
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Rhubarb-Raspberry Crumble

Rating: 5 stars 2
Rhubarb is a tangy counterpart for sweet raspberries in this fruit crumble recipe. For a nutty flavor and a boost of nutrition, this healthy dessert uses whole-grain rye flour and toasted pecans. Serve the crumble with your favorite vanilla frozen yogurt or a dollop of whipped cream.
By April McGreger

Irish Lamb Stew

Rating: 4 stars 7
This hearty recipe for Irish lamb stew is full of potatoes, leeks and carrots. In traditional fashion, nothing here is browned first, just all stewed together—in this case, in a slow cooker to make it extra easy.
By Bruce Weinstein & Mark Scarbrough

Slow-Cooker "Corned Beef" & Cabbage

Rating: 4.5 stars 4
This warming slow-cooker stew has all the flavors of corned beef and cabbage but with much less sodium, plus it's ready in half the time of traditional corned beef and cabbage. Rather than curing the beef in a salty brine for at least a day, we just throw the beef and veggies into a crock pot with pickling spice for that delicous briny flavor without the long soaking period.
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By Hilary Meyer

Slow-Cooker Irish Sausage, Bean & Cabbage Stew

Rating: 5 stars 2
The abundance of springy sausage, soft beans and tender cabbage packed into this slow-cooker recipe means that each bite is loaded with varied texture. To make this recipe gluten free, use gluten-free sausage. Serve with bread and Guinness, if desired.
By Cooking Light

Irish Coffee

This Irish coffee has just enough sweetness to keep it balanced and delicious. It's just sweet enough without being cloying.
By Karen Rankin
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17 Comforting Irish Recipes That Are Perfect for St. Patrick's Day
From Irish soda bread to colcannon, these recipes offer everything you need to serve up a satisfying and healthy St. Patrick's Day meal. 
8 Baked Good Recipes for St. Patrick's Day
Bring the party to your home this St. Patrick's Day with these baked good recipes. These recipes are great for baking with the whole family or for when you need a fun, delicious activity. Desserts like Irish Soda Bread Scones and One-Bowl Irish Stout Cake are comforting, tasty and will get you in the holiday spirit.
Irish Soda Bread Scones
Rating: 5 stars 3

This single-serve version of classic Irish soda bread is fun for St. Patrick's Day, but you'll find they're also delicious for weekend brunches. All you need with these scones is a warm cup of tea.