Healthy St. Patrick’s Day recipes

Mar 13, 2008 at 6:10 p.m. ET

Only second to green beer, traditional Irish dishes are enjoyed by everyone during this fun-filled celebration. Unfortunately, with all the festive food and drink, overindulging is near inevitable. However, if you replace even a couple of the usual Irish meals with healthier renditions, you can reduce your total holiday calorie intake or save those calories for an extra pint of Guinness

Celebrity Chef Phil Andriano, Corporate Executive Chef of Chef's Diet has whipped up three St. Paddy's Day favorites that are easy to prepare, pleasing on the palate and, best yet, won't give you an Irish belly.


Scrambled Egg Whites with Grilled Ham and Soda Bread
Serves 1

A balanced breakfast with a lucky lot of tastes and textures. Bake the soda bread first so you don't have cold eggs and ham.

2 ounces liquid egg whites
2 ounces black forest ham steak

For the soda bread:
2 1/2 pounds pastry flour
2 ounces baking powder
1/2 ounce baking soda
1/2 ounce salt
2 ounces fructose sugar
8 ounces dark raisins
1 pint buttermilk
4 ounces soy butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs whites with a drop of green food color (optional). Scramble the egg whites in a skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Grill the ham steak.

For the soda bread, combine all dry ingredients, mixing well. Cut in the soy butter. Add the buttermilk and mix slightly to incorporate. Form into loaf and bake for 30 minutes. Remove loaf pan from oven and allow to cool. Cut into 5 slices. Lightly toast when ready to serve.


Corned Beef Cabbage and Boiled Potatoes with Horseradish Cream
Serves 1

A traditional dinner dish turned healthier.

1 cup chopped green cabbage
1 cup largely diced red bliss potatoes
1/2 cup baby carrots
1/2 cup largely diced onions
1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
1 cup beef broth
4 (1-ounce each) slices lean corned beef, cooked
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated horseradish
1 tablespoon sour cream

In a stockpot over medium heat, cook the cabbage, potatoes, carrots, onions and caraway seeds in the beef broth until all is tender. Add the cooked corned beef slices. Combine the sour cream and horseradish to make dressing.


Sour Lime Tart
Serves 6

1/2 ounce plain gelatin
1 package lime sugarless Jell-O
6 (3-inch) pastry tart shells
1 ounce sour cream

Bloom the plain gelatin in 1 ounce of water. Follow directions on Jell-O packet and add the bloomed gelatin. Combine the sour cream with the gelatin mixture and allow to cool. Spoon into the pastry shells, chill until set.