St. Patrick’s Day is a fun time to celebrate with Irish food! Corned beef and cabbage isn’t high in carbs. But all the foods about the main dish can be. St. Patrick’s Day can wreak havoc on your blood sugar with high-carb vegetables, sides and desserts. Even if you aren’t drinking carb-heavy green beer, the carbs from festive foods can weigh you down on this Irish holiday. That’s why we are sharing four great low-carb recipes you can make to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without upsetting your blood sugar.
Colcannon is a traditional Irish version of mashed potatoes. Unlike regular mashed potatoes, it contains cabbage. It’s excellent with corned beef, roast beef, ham or stew. This version removes the milk from the recipes and uses cauliflower to cut down on the carbs. As it’s made with butter, the dish is still delicious and creamy and will pair perfectly with your corned beef! A serving has 58 calories, five grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This soda bread is grain-free as well as being low in carbs. It uses dried cranberries in place of raisins that are higher in sugar. It also uses almond flour and carb-free sweeteners. If you haven’t had soda bread before, it has a crusty exterior and a soft center and is like a scone. It’s delicious as a not-too-sweet dessert or with coffee as a snack. We love that this bread doesn’t need time to prove. But, it does take about an hour in the oven. A serving has 188 calories, 5.3 grams of carbs and 2.3 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Irish potatoes are a sweet treat. But, as they are traditionally solid powdered sugar, most people with blood sugar concerns avoid them. Having this recipe on the list is a bit of a cheat as the candy is from Philadelphia, not Ireland. But, to many Americans, they are an essential part of St. Patty’s Day! They’re like Mounds candy bars, only better. With this sugar-free version, you can enjoy the sweet like you’re a kid again. A serving has 134 calories, 5.4 grams of carbs and 1.8 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
This recipe is great for leftover corned beef or if you’re someone who prefers something less traditional. While corned beef and cabbage is great, you might feel let down without potatoes and carrots to go with it. These Reuben cabbage cups are the perfect way to use both cabbage and corned beef. You get the delicious flavors of a Reuben and the crunch of a lettuce wrap all in one! A serving has 354 calories, nine grams of carbs and 2.8 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We hope everyone has a wonderful, safe and healthy St. Patrick’s Day. These recipes will help you focus on celebrating, not on your blood sugar!