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Traditional and healthy food for St. Paddy's Day

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up, and if you are trying to stay on a healthy food plan, what do you do? Here are some recipes for traditional Irish fare as well as some green foods you can use instead of filling up on unhealthy dinners.

Corned Beef and Cabbage (this was the healthiest option I found online)

4 lb. corned brisket of beef

3 large carrots, cut into large chunks

6 to 8 small onions

1 cabbage

Salt and freshly ground pepper

1. Place the brisket in a large pot with the vegetables. Cover with cold water.

2. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 2 hours.

3. Discard the outer leaves of the cabbage, cut into quarters, and add to the pot.

4. Cook an additional 2-3 hours or until the meat and vegetables are soft and tender.

5. Serve with roasted red potatoes.

If you just want to eat something green in honor of the holiday, or have green side dishes with your corned beef, here are some good ideas for the family along with their calorie content.

Green salad (1 cup of lettuce, 4 cucumber slices, 1 stalk sliced celery)—70 calories (the addition of salad dressing adds 100-200 calories, so use sparingly)

Roasted bell peppers (1 cup sliced)—24 calories

½ cup sliced cucumbers—8 calories Celery (1 medium stalk)—3 calories

Green apples (1 small apple)—3 calories

Green tea (1 cup decaffeinated)—0 calories

If you’re looking for something to do with the family, Jack Quinn’s in Colorado Springs will have Family Day on March 16th from 2-6 PM. There will be music, balloon twisting, and face painting.

There are plenty of healthy options to pair up with your traditional Irish corned beef and cabbage this St. Paddy’s Day. After dinner, you and the kids can work off those calories by walking around the neighborhood looking for that pot of gold the leprechauns may have left. Enjoy!

Original recipe can be found at www.epicurious.com/recipes

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