Healthy Eating: St. Patrick's Day

Top o’ the morning to you! This week we’re celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with recipes inspired by the Emerald Isle. Enjoy the luck of the Irish as you combine classic recipes with springy and green ingredients for a festive yet healthy menu selection.

Start with a featured family meal of Shamrock Soup, Slow Cooker Corned Beef and Cabbage and Colcannon. Other festive recipes to enjoy this week include Irish Yogurt Soda Bread, Cheddar Ale Soup, Baked Apple Burnette and Ham Pasta Primavera.

“Family Meals Matter” features registered dietitian–approved recipes with foods from all the food groups to reflect Dairy Council of California’s nutrition philosophy to elevate the health of children and parents. For more information, nutrition tools and additional family meal recipes, please visit our website, Healthy Eating Made Easier™

Shamrock Soup, California Milk Processor Board.


(Includes ingredients to make at least four servings of each Featured Family Meal recipe)

½ cup chopped Onion
½ cup chopped Carrot
½ cup chopped Celery
1 tablespoon Butter
¾ cup dry split Peas, rinsed and drained
1 can (13¾ ounces) chicken Broth
1½ cup fat-free skim or 1% low-fat Milk, divided
4 cup (4 ounces) washed and dried fresh Spinach leaves
4 tablespoon (1½ ounces) diced fully cooked Ham
Salt to taste
Freshly ground Pepper to taste
Pinch of freshly grated or ground Nutmeg

3 pounds corned Beef
4 large Carrots, peeled and cut in half (or use baby carrots)
4 large Potatoes, quartered
1 medium head green Cabbage, cored and cut into 8 pieces
Water to cover

1 pound Potatoes
1 pound Kale (Cabbage may be substituted)
1 Onion, Leek or Scallion (green onion)
¼ cup Milk
Pat Butter
Dash each, Salt and Pepper