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Colcannon: A traditional Irish side dish

celebrate St. Patrick's Day the healthy way

From SheKnows Canada
Get into the Irish spirit without a drop of green food colouring this St. Patrick's Day with this traditional and nutritious dish.

Mashed potatoes don't receive a lot of praise for being healthy, but between the high levels of vitamin C and potassium in taters and the amount of vitamins K and A in kale, you'll soon be re-evaluating that notion thanks to this traditional Irish side dish.

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Creamy colcannon

Serving size 4–6


  • 4 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 4 cups packed kale, finely shredded
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 tablespoons margarine
  • 3/4 cup milk or milk alternative
  • 1–2 teaspoons salt (more or less, to taste)


  1. Place the potatoes in a large pot of water, and bring to a boil. Let the potatoes cook for 30 minutes or until they break apart easily with a fork.
  2. Drain the potatoes, and transfer them to a large bowl.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Place the kale, water and margarine into the pot, and cook for 5 minutes, until the kale has fully wilted.
  4. While the kale is cooking, add the milk and salt to the bowl of potatoes, and mash with a potato masher until fully broken down.
  5. Transfer the potatoes to the pot of kale, and stir to combine. Serve immediately.

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