Let's celebrate St Patrick's Day! What are your planning on making this weekend?
1. Crockpot Corned Beef and Cabbage, 9 P+
This classic corned beef and cabbage couldn't be easier to make. Just add your corned beef, carrots, cabbage, potatoes, and some Guinness to the crockpot and 8 hours later you have perfectly tender, delicious Corned Beef. The leftover beef also makes a great pressed sandwich with pickles, some Swiss cheese, and whole grain mustard. It also makes an out of this world corned beef hash for breakfast the next morning, just fry up the shredded beef and potatoes with some fresh onions and top with a fried egg.
2. Skinny Shepard's Pie, 6 P+
This is one of my favorite comfort foods when I want something warm and hearty. The traditional Shepard's Pie recipe is lightened up by cutting out most of the butter, using cauliflower to replace some of the potato, and using milk and light sour cream instead of heavy cream. For an even more traditional pie, use lean ground lamb in place of the beef.
3. Hearty Beef Stew, 5 P+
I am not sure if beef stew is traditionally Irish but it seems like the perfect meal to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. It's warm, hearty, and tastes like "stick to your ribs" comfort without all the fat. Want even more Irish flavor? Consider substituting one cup of beef broth with 1 cup of Guinness or Irish ale.
4. Irish Coffee, 2 P+
For just 111 calories you can indulge in a warm and classic Irish coffee. Just mix up combine a cup of 2/3 cup of coffee with 4 tsp. Irish whiskey 2 tsp. sugar, and 1.5 tbsp freshly made whipped cream. For even more Irish flavor consider adding a touch of Irish Creme liquor. My other favorite Irish inspired dessert drink - Guinness with 1 scoop of low-fat Vanilla or Chocolate ice cream to make a Guinness ice cream float. You can also blend it for a yummy shake.
5. Black and Tan Brownies, 5 P+
A traditional Black and Tan combines Guinness and Harp in one pint glass. These black and tan brownies are two toned like the drink and include Guinness in the ingredients. At only 162 calories per brownie, they are the perfect treat for St. Patrick's Day.
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