6 Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Recipes


St. Patrick’s Day always has us feeling festive. Maybe because it signifies a bridge from winter into spring, conjuring comfort-food cravings mixed with a yearning for fresh and lighter flavors. Mark the Irish holiday in your home by making one or more of these perfectly delicious and healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes.

Six different real food St. Patrick's Day recipes in a collage

You won’t need any luck to nourish your body with our wholesome twists on traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipes. Here you’ll find a range of recipe ideas (all using real-food ingredients), such as:

  • Dinner Recipes (classic stew, Shepherd’s pie, and more)
  • Side Dishes (everyone loves a good potato dish!)
  • Desserts (DIY Shamrock Shakes anyone?)

We’re sure you’ll find something to bless your table here.

Mint Chocolate Shamrock Shake

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with this tasty and refreshing Mint Chocolate Chip Milkshake made with 100% real and nutritious whole foods! Whirl up nutrient-dense spinach, avocado, banana, and mint into a creamy better-for-you Shamrock Shake recipe you’ll want to keep making year-round.

Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Nut Free | Vegan

Three glasses of mint chocolate chip milkshake topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, and mint.

Crispy Smashed Potatoes with Green Garlic-Herb Oil

What could be more Irish than a perfect potato recipe? Well, one with a delicious green drizzle sauce makes it a wee bit more! Trust us when we say these Crispy Smashed Potatoes are next level. We describe them as somewhere between a baked potato and a really thick-cut potato chip, with tender insides and crispy edges.

Dairy Free | Egg Free | Gluten Free | Nut Free | Vegetarian | Whole30

Crispy smashed potatoes topped with green garlic-herb sauce plated on a cream plate with sprigs of rosemary on the side

Instant Pot Vegetable Beef (or Lamb) Stew

Make the ultimate cozy-comfy meal by employing your instant pot to make this hearty stew that tastes like it has been slow-simmered for hours. Filled with veggies and tender hunks of beef or lamb, it’s nutritious and so appropriate for St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t have an instant pot? No worries, we included slow cooker directions, too. Serve up our Garlic Cheddar Biscuits on the side.

Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Nut Free | Whole30

A hearty bowl of thick and chunky vegetable beef stew in a white bowl with a cheddar biscuit on the side.

Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

No St. Patrick’s Day recipe collection would be complete without a really good Shepherd’s Pie. Though the dish has English origins, the Irish version, called pióg an aoire, is said to fill your stomach and warm your soul. Our fresh take on tradition swaps in vitamin-rich sweet potatoes, plenty of veggies, and grass-fed beef or lamb.

Dairy Free | Egg Free | Gluten Free | Paleo | Whole30

Hearty shepherd's pie topped with creamy sweet potatoes and garnished with rosemary and sea salt on a cream plate

Sheet Pan Kielbasa Cabbage and Potatoes

Two Irish staples, cabbage, and potatoes come together in this easy weeknight dinner that will have you feeling like you just found a four-leaf clover. Not only because you’ll be filled with those good comfort food feels, but also because you won’t have a pile of dishes waiting for you afterward. Serve it with a Guinness and good grainy mustard to really capture the spirit.

Dairy Free | Egg Free | Gluten Free | Paleo | Whole30

Sheet pan kielbasa with cabbage and potatoes plated on a white plate

3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Mint Cups

Like a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow, these perfectly simple and satisfying dark chocolate mint cups are just the thing to end your festive St. Patrick’s Day meal. Made by enrobing mint-coconut butter in silky chocolate, these tasty treats will disappear as quickly as a leprechaun!

Dairy Free | Gluten Free | Paleo | Vegan

A bowl filled with homemade dark chocolate mint cups

As they say in Ireland …

May your troubles be less and your blessings be more.

And nothing but happiness come through your door.

And as we say here at The Real Food Dietitians …

May your food be delicious and your heart at ease.

Because health and happiness go together like carrots and peas!

We hope you make and enjoy these 6 Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Recipes. If you make a recipe please leave a comment on the blog post, and tag us @therealfoodrds on social media.

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About Jessie Shafer

Jessie is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist living near Denver, CO where she splits her time among nearby playgrounds, typing away at her trusty laptop, and heating up her home kitchen with delicious experiments. Her best taste tester is her husband, a Denver firefighter with a well-trained palate. A former magazine editor-in-chief, Jessie has a long career in food publishing and health writing. While she once played centerfield for the Northwestern University softball team, Jessie now prefers her fitness in the way of biking up mountain passes and chasing two busy toddlers (the latter proving to be the more exhausting activity).

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