WW Friendly Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Like the Irish (2024)

St. Patrick's Day Recipe Roundup for Weight Watchers

It seems like everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day - March 17th. And with good reason - there's corned beef and cabbage, red flannel hash, Irish soda bread, Irish stew, colcannon, shepherd's pie, Guinness beer and basically any food that's green.

But meat, potatoes, bread and beer aren't usually a Weight Watcher's best friend—or a friend to anyone who is trying to eat healthy.

That's why we traveled the web to collect these favorite Weight Watchers Friendly St. Patrick's Day Recipes with Personal Points. Now you can have fun and celebrate, guilt-free.

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Favorite WW Friendly St. Patrick's Day Recipes with Points

Roasted Cabbage Wedges - Simple-Nourished-Living

Fresh Pea Soup with Mint - WeightWatchers

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Bell Pepper & Potato Frittata (Image courtesy of SkinnyTaste.com)

Bell Pepper & Potato Frittata - SkinnyTaste

WW Shredded Cabbage Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living

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Mint Oreo Cheesecake Bites (Image courtesy DrizzleMeSkinny.com)

Mini Mint Oreo Cheesecake Bites - DrizzleMeSkinny

Creamy Cauliflower Mash with Kale (Low-Carb Colcannon) - SkinnyTaste

- Simple-Nourished-Living

Corned Turkey & Cabbage Dinner - SkinnyTaste

Skinny Potato Leek Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living

Skinny leftover Corned Beef and Cabbage Soup

- Simple-Nourished-Living

Darina Allen's Easy Whole Wheat Soda Bread

Darina Allen's Whole Wheat Soda Bread - Simple-Nourished-Living

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Reuben Wonton Cupcakes (Image courtesy EmilyBites.com)

Reuben Wonton Cupcakes - EmilyBites

Irish Brown Soda Bread - Simple-Nourished-Living

Shamrock Protein Shake - DashingDish

Slow Cooker Smoked Salmon Potato Leek Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living

Bread Pudding - WeightWatchers

Low-Fat Irish Wholemeal Scones - Simple-Nourished-Living

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WW Frozen Grasshopper Pie (Image courtesy of Recipe-Diaries.com)

WW Frozen Grasshopper Pie - RecipeDiaries

Thyme & Vegetable Lamb Stew - WeightWatchers

Slow Cooker Lamb Stew with Leeks & Carrots - WeightWatchers

Irish Oatmeal Leek Soup - SkinnyTaste

Plate of Skinny Broccoli Cheese Muffins

Skinny Broccoli Cheese Muffins - Simple-Nourished-Living

Red Flannel Hash - WeightWatchers

Shepherd's Pie, Lightened Up - SkinnyTaste

Classic Shepherd's Pie - WeightWatchers

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Skinny Shamrock Shake (Image courtesy SkinnyTaste.com)

Skinny Shamrock Shake - SkinnyTaste

Skinny Irish Pub Beef Stew - SkinnyKitchen

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie - Simple-Nourished-Living.com

Sticky Toffee Cakes with a Sweet Guinness Glaze - DrizzleMeSkinny

Turkey Reuben Sandwiches - MealPlanningMommies

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Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins (Image courtesy SkinnyTaste.com)

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread Muffins - SkinnyTaste

Turkey Shepherd's Pie - LaaLoosh

Roasted Boneless Leg of Lamb - SkinnyTaste

Maple Bacon Cupcakes - HungryGirl

Corned Beef & Cabbage Strudel - WeightWatchers

Saint Patrick Irish Cheddar Soup

St. Patrick Irish Cheddar Soup - Simple-Nourished-Living

- Simple Nourished Living

Grilled Reuben Sandwich - LaaLoosh

Chocolate Stout Cupcakes with Bailey's Irish Cream Cheese Frosting - SkinnyTaste

WW Slow Cooker Irish Stew - Simple-Nourished-Living

Reuben Casserole - LaaLoosh

Chocolate Stout Cake with Ganache

Chocolate Stout Cake with Ganache Icing - Simple-Nourished-Living

Easy Irish Soda Bread Muffins - Simple-Nourished-Living

Corned Beef Hash - Simple-Nourished-Living

Skinny Grilled Reuben Sandwich - SkinnyKitchen

Slow Cooker Corned Beef

Slow Cooker Maple Mustard Glazed Corned Beef - Simple-Nourished-Living

Sweet Potato Irish Nachos - SkinnyTaste

Slow Cooker Boneless Leg of Lamb with Mint Glaze

Slow Cooker Boneless Leg of Lamb with Mint - Simple-Nourished-Living

- Simple-Nourished-Living

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Skinny Grilled Cheese & Roast Beef Topped with Guinness Caramelized Onions (Image courtesy of SkinnyKitchen.com)

Skinny Grilled Cheese & Roast Beef Topped with Guinness Caramelized Onions - SkinnyKitchen

Crock Pot Beer Braised Corned Beef - Simple-Nourished-Living

Which has fewer SmartPoints:
Guinness Draught or Lagunitas IPA?

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Fun Facts About St. Patrick's Day

For most of the 20th century, Saint Patrick's day was a strictly religious holiday in Ireland, so all the pubs were closed on March 17. In 1970, it was converted to a national holiday and the pubs re-opened.

Saint Patrick wasn't Irish—he was British. He was born to Roman parents in Wales in the late fourth century (385 AD).

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According to Irish legend, Saint Patrick used the 3-leafed shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) when he first introduced Christianity to the pagan Irish.

The first St. Patrick's Day celebration in the U.S. was held in Boston in 1737 and the first St. Patrick's Day parade took place in New York on March 17, 1762.

This time lapse video shot from the Sheraton Grand Chicago shows the river being died green:

Chicago has been celebrating St. Patrick's Day by dumping green dye into the Chicago River since 1962. The Plumbers Local 110 union uses about 40 tons of dye to get the river the right shade of "Kelly" green. The dye lasts for about 5 hours.

Corned beef and cabbage, the most traditional St. Patrick's Day meal, doesn't have anything to do with grain corn. Instead, it's a nod to the large grains of salt (which were also known as "corns"), that were historically used to cure meats.

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Blue is the traditional color of choice at this Irish folk festival (Image source IrishCentral)

You should actually wear blue, which is the color most often associated with Saint Patrick. Green was considered unlucky. St. Patrick's blue was considered symbolic of Ireland for many centuries and the Irish Presidential Standard is still blue.

Guinness sales soar on St. Patrick's Day. Figures from 2012 show that 5.5 million pints of the draught beer are consumed around the world every day. On St. Patrick's day that doubles to about 11 million pints.

How to Make Green Beer for St. Patrick's Day, with or without food coloring:

How the folks at Betty Crocker Make Green Beer for St. Patrick's Day

WW Friendly Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day Like the Irish (23)Martha is the founder and main content writer for Simple-Nourished-Living.

A longtime lifetime WW at goal, she is committed to balancing her love of food and desire to stay slim while savoring life and helping others do the same.

She is the author of the Smart Start 28-Day Weight Loss Challenge.

A huge fan of the slow cooker and confessed cookbook addict, when she's not experimenting in the kitchen, you're likely to find Martha on her yoga mat.

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