St. Patrick's Day Recipe Roundup for Weight Watchers
It seems like everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day - March 17th. And with good reason - there's corned beef and cabbage, red flannel hash, Irish soda bread, Irish stew, colcannon, shepherd's pie, Guinness beer and basically any food that's green.
But meat, potatoes, bread and beer aren't usually a Weight Watcher's best friend—or a friend to anyone who is trying to eat healthy.
That's why we traveled the web to collect these favorite Weight Watchers Friendly St. Patrick's Day Recipes with Personal Points. Now you can have fun and celebrate, guilt-free.
Favorite WW Friendly St. Patrick's Day Recipes with Points
Roasted Cabbage Wedges - Simple-Nourished-Living
Fresh Pea Soup with Mint - WeightWatchers
Bell Pepper & Potato Frittata - SkinnyTaste
WW Shredded Cabbage Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living
Mini Mint Oreo Cheesecake Bites - DrizzleMeSkinny
Creamy Cauliflower Mash with Kale (Low-Carb Colcannon) - SkinnyTaste
Slow Cooker Ham & Split Pea Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living
Corned Turkey & Cabbage Dinner - SkinnyTaste
Skinny Potato Leek Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living
Leftover Corned Beef & Cabbage Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living
Darina Allen's Whole Wheat Soda Bread - Simple-Nourished-Living
Reuben Wonton Cupcakes - EmilyBites
Irish Brown Soda Bread - Simple-Nourished-Living
Shamrock Protein Shake - DashingDish
Slow Cooker Smoked Salmon Potato Leek Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living
Bread Pudding - WeightWatchers
Low-Fat Irish Wholemeal Scones - Simple-Nourished-Living
WW Frozen Grasshopper Pie - RecipeDiaries
Thyme & Vegetable Lamb Stew - WeightWatchers
Slow Cooker Lamb Stew with Leeks & Carrots - WeightWatchers
Irish Oatmeal Leek Soup - SkinnyTaste
Skinny Broccoli Cheese Muffins - Simple-Nourished-Living
Red Flannel Hash - WeightWatchers
Shepherd's Pie, Lightened Up - SkinnyTaste
Classic Shepherd's Pie - WeightWatchers
Skinny Shamrock Shake - SkinnyTaste
Skinny Irish Pub Beef Stew - SkinnyKitchen
Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie - Simple-Nourished-Living.com
Sticky Toffee Cakes with a Sweet Guinness Glaze - DrizzleMeSkinny
Turkey Reuben Sandwiches - MealPlanningMommies
Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins - SkinnyTaste
Turkey Shepherd's Pie - LaaLoosh
Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb - SkinnyTaste
Maple Bacon Cupcakes - HungryGirl
Corned Beef & Cabbage Strudel - WeightWatchers
St. Patrick Irish Cheddar Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living
Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage 3 Different Ways! - Simple Nourished Living
Grilled Reuben Sandwich - LaaLoosh
WW Slow Cooker Irish Stew - Simple-Nourished-Living
Reuben Casserole - LaaLoosh
Chocolate Stout Cake with Ganache Icing - Simple-Nourished-Living
Easy Irish Soda Bread Muffins - Simple-Nourished-Living
Corned Beef Hash - Simple-Nourished-Living
Skinny Grilled Reuben Sandwich - SkinnyKitchen
Slow Cooker Maple Mustard Glazed Corned Beef - Simple-Nourished-Living
Sweet Potato Irish Nachos - SkinnyTaste
Slow Cooker Boneless Leg of Lamb with Mint - Simple-Nourished-Living
Slow Cooker Corned Beef & Cabbage - Simple-Nourished-Living
Crock Pot Beer Braised Corned Beef - Simple-Nourished-Living
Which has fewer SmartPoints:
Guinness Draught or Lagunitas IPA?
Fun Facts About St. Patrick's Day
For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick's day was a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, so all the pubs were closed on March 17. In 1970, it was converted to a national holiday and the pubs re-opened.
Saint Patrick wasn't Irish—he was British. He was born to Roman parents in Wales in the late fourth century (385 AD).
According to Irish legend, Saint Patrick used the 3-leafed shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) when he first introduced Christianity to the pagan Irish.
The first St. Patrick's Day celebration in the U.S. was held in Boston in 1737 and the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in New York on March 17, 1762.
This time lapse video shot from the Sheraton Grand Chicago shows the river being died green:
Chicago has been celebrating St. Patrick's Day by dumping green dye into the Chicago River since 1962. The Plumbers Local 110 union uses about 40 tons of dye to get the river the right shade of "Kelly" green. The dye lasts for about 5 hours.
Corned beef and cabbage, the most traditional St. Patrick's Day meal, doesn't have anything to do with grain corn. Instead, it's a nod to the large grains of salt (which were also known as "corns"), that were historically used to cure meats.
You should actually wear blue, which is the color most often associated with Saint Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St. Patrick's blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue.
Guinness sales soar on St. Patrick's Day. Figures from 2012 show that 5.5 million pints of the draught beer are consumed around the world every day. On St. Patrick's day that doubles to about 11 million pints.
How to Make Green Beer for St. Patrick's Day, with or without food coloring:
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