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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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 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

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

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.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

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

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 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.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

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.
A portrait of Breana Killeen, M.P.H., RD
By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Lamb & Potato Stew

Inspired by traditional Irish lamb stew, which is made with shoulder or neck cuts of lamb, this version is made with leg of lamb. Choose a bone-in cut to make the rich, flavorful broth for this healthy lamb stew. Requiring just a handful of ingredients and 35 minutes of active time, this lamb stew isn't just tasty—it's also easy!
By Robb Walsh

Corned Beef Hash

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
A comforting dish with a healthier profile.
By Susanne A. Davis
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22 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. 
13 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.
One-Bowl Irish Stout Cake
Rating: 5 stars 1

This Irish stout cake can't get any easier: everything is mixed in one bowl, poured into the cake pan and is in the oven in 15 minutes flat. Lining the cake pan with parchment paper makes removing the cake easy and helps with cleanup. After this rich chocolate cake has cooled, enjoy it with the espresso- and Irish whiskey-laced whipped cream topping.