Along with tiny leprechauns and Kiss Me I’m Irish shirts, many look forward to St. Patrick’s Day for the delicious Irish food, such as bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie, or corned beef and cabbage. The hearty, salty meals are so tasty, and so perfect after a winter that’s been dark and cold.
If you’re trying to stick to healthier eating habits like we are, you might need some help with how to have a healthy Irish supper. If you stick with corned beef and add some natural spice flavoring, the meal is full of protein and nutrients! Cabbage can help prevent Type 2 Diabetes and contains many antioxidants. It’s also full of fiber, folates, Vitamin C and Vitamin K. So eat up!
Corned Beef and Cabbage
- 3 to 4 lbs. corned beef brisket
- 3 to 4 garlic cloves
- Pepper to taste
- 1 large head of cabbage
- 2 onions
- 2 more garlic cloves
- 1 carrot
- Spices to taste
Place the corned beef in a crock pot for 8 hours on low heat with half the garlic, pepper, and enough water to cover the meat. About 30 minutes before the beef is cooked, prepare your vegetables. Slice the carrots, onions, remaining cloves of garlic, and cabbage. Sauté the onions, garlic and carrots in butter in a large skillet until they soften. Add the cabbage and spices and cook until soft. If the mixture becomes dry while cooking, use some of the corned beef water to moisten the ingredients.
When complete, serve the corned beef over the cabbage for a delicious Irish dinner for all. If you’d like to make it even healthier you could brine your own corned beef first. Put on some festive jigs in the background, wear your favorite shade of green, and enjoy!
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Dr. Julie Drolet
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