A Healthy St. Patrick’s Day Dinner

Healthy St. Patrick's Day Dinner Ideas

The Irish aren’t known for their healthy eating – corned beef and hash is ideal for keeping you warm on a chilly, damp Irish evening, but I don’t think any of us here in Florida need all those calories (better to save the calories for all the Guinness you’ll be drinking). So I’ve come up with a healthy version of a St. Patrick’s Day dinner: Sausage & Colcannon.

Normally, Colcannon is made with fluffy mashed potatoes and cabbage. But, to cut down on the carbs and to increase the health benefits tremendously, substitute cauliflower for potatoes, and use your favorite chicken or veggie sausage.

Healthy Colcannon with Guinness Gravy


Mashed Cauliflower: 1 head of cauliflower serves 3 generously. Chop your cauliflower into quarters and steam until tender. Puree with an immersion blender or food processor, adding salt and pepper to taste. If you want it creamier, add your favorite healthy “butter” or milk.

Onions & Sausage: Saute 1/2 onion, chopped, until caramelized. Add your favorite chicken-apple sausage, or veggie sausage, and cook until done. Set sausage aside, leaving the onions in the pan.

Kale or Cabbage: Add kale or 1/4th  of a head of cabbage to the onions and saute until tender.

Combine mashed cauliflower with onions and kale/cabbage. Serve with sausages over the top or on the side – with optional Guinness Gravy.

Guinness Gravy:

  • 1 can Guinness
  • 2 Tb Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tb Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tb Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tb Flour

Whisk flour with half of the bottle of Guinness and pour into the skillet you used to cook the onions. Add the rest of the Guinness, mustard, and Worcestershire sauce. Simmer until thickened.


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