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St. Patrick’s Day the Slimming World way

March 8 2018
Esther Reynolds
By Esther Reynolds

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and we can’t wait to cook up a taste of Ireland. Luckily many staples of Irish cooking, such as cabbage, lean meat and potatoes, can be eaten freely to satisfy our appetite on Slimming World’s healthy eating plan—with no weighing, counting or measuring needed.

Come March 17, partake in the fun and protect your weight loss with these easy, delicious ways to celebrate.

Go classic

Irish beef and Guinness stew: Add Guinness for an Irish twist to hearty beef stew. Lean meat (all visible fat removed) and plenty of veggies make it extra-filling and slimming-friendly. Even better? The stew simmers away in the oven unattended, making it a great choice for gatherings (and the house will smell amazing!).

Colcannon: This traditional side dish would pair perfectly with the stew, and combines two Irish classics: potatoes and cabbage. Simply boil potatoes and cabbage together until tender and then mash. While sturdy green cabbage is most often used, delicate napa or even vitamin-rich kale can easily be swapped in instead.

Stuffed cabbage with mashed potatoes: If you’re looking for a make-ahead dish for St. Paddy’s Day, this recipe is for you. After covering the baking dish with foil in step 4, refrigerate until needed and then bake as instructed.

Get creative!

Emerald Isle dip: If ever there was a time to go green, it’s now. To make a tasty and festive dip, separate the leaves from two bunches of basil and add them to a blender with 1 cup plain fat-free cottage cheese, one garlic clove, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Blend until smooth, then season to taste with salt and pepper and serve with green veggie crudité.