No need to be “green” with envy while everybody around you is celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. But you’ve worked so hard to stick to your plan all week and don’t want to blow it in one night. Don’t worry - with just a little bit of planning, you can enjoy the day while sticking to the Weight Watchers PointsPlus™ program.
By making a few simple ingredient substitutions, you can whip up a batch of corned beef and cabbage which will make even the pickiest foodie dance an Irish Jig!
This recipe for corned beef and cabbage has all of the rich, tasty goodness of the original, but with less than 400 calories per serving:
Corned Beef with Cabbage and Boiled Vegetables
1¼ pounds corned beef, trimmed of all visible fat
1 small head green cabbage, cored and cut into 6 wedges
18 baby carrots
6 small turnips, peeled and halved
1 cup pearl onions or small pickling onions
6 small whole red potatoes (scrubbed with skins left on)
1. Bring the corned beef and enough water to cover to a boil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until almost tender, about 1½ hours.
2. Add the cabbage, carrots, turnips, onions, and potatoes to the pan; return to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, until the vegetables and corned beef are fork tender, about 45 minutes.
3. Carve the corned beef into slices and serve with the vegetables. Makes six servings.
Looking for some more meal ideas? This site is a great resource for low-fat and low calorie recipes. Enjoy!
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