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postheadericon Green-Lentil Soup

5.00 avg. rating (90% score) - 1 vote

Green-Lentil Soup is a delicious Italian-style vegetable soup recipe. Key ingredients include: Dried lentils, chard, spinach, onion, broccoli, scallions, potatoes, jalapeno peppers and Feta cheese. It is seasoned well and simmered on the stove. This could be a great option for Saint Patrick’s Day celebrations and/or your Lenten meal rotation. It is also a low calories, low fat, low cholesterol, low sugars, low carbohydrates, diabetic-friendly, vegetarian and Weight Watchers (6 SmartPoints), (7 PointsPlus) recipe. Makes (8) servings with a (1-2/3) cup serving size. Green-Lentil Soup will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.


Prep Time: 15 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 1-1/2 Hours.
Total Time: 1-3/4 Hours.


2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil (+ more for garnish)
2 large yellow onions, chopped
1-1/4 tsp salt, divided
2 tbsp + 4 cups water, divided
1 cup dried green lentils
8 large green chard leaves
1 medium-size Yukon Gold potato, scrubbed
12 cups gently packed spinach (about 10 oz),
tough stems trimmed and discarded

4 scallions, cut into 1″ pieces
5 cups vegetable broth,
store-bought or homemade

2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
1 tbsp cumin seed, lightly toasted and ground
1/2 tsp ground coriander
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tbsp chopped fresh mint
1/2 jalapeño pepper, minced
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tbsp, (freshly squeezed), lemon juice
or more to taste

Crumbled Feta cheese for garnish
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postheadericon Easy Irish Soda Bread

5.00 avg. rating (94% score) - 6 votes

Easy Irish Soda Bread is a delicious, easy and quick (45) minute recipe for a moist, Irish soda bread. This will make a fantastic accompaniment for your Saint Patrick’s Day feast. It is also a healthy, low calories, low fat, low sodium, low cholesterol, low sugars, low carbohydrates, diabetic-friendly, heart-healthy and Weight Watchers (6 SmartPoints), (5 PointsPlus) recipe. Makes: (12) Servings. Easy Irish Soda Bread will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.easy-irish-soda-bread

Prep Time: 15 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 30-35 Minutes.


2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tbsp granulated sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup cold butter
1-1/4 cups buttermilk*
1/2 cup currants or raisins

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postheadericon Irish Soda Bread

5.00 avg. rating (90% score) - 1 vote

Irish Soda Bread is a must item for your Saint Patrick’s Day meal and celebration. You’ll need to make 2 of this one as it will go quickly. can be frozen also up to 2 months if you have leftovers. Though not a diet recipe, I have included nutrition information for those who need it. It converts to a (1-1/2) Carb Choice and WW (5) Points+ per serving. Irish Soda Bread is studded with currants and makes 16 servings.


Non-Stick cooking spray
3-1/4 cups flour
cups  flour
1/3 cup plus 1 tbsp sugar, divided
1 tsp baking Powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut up
1-1/3 cups buttermilk
1/2 cup currants or raisins
2 to 3 tap Caraway Seeds (optional)


Preheat oven to 350° F.

2. Mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Cut in butter with pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add buttermilk and currants; (Add 2 to 3 tsp caraway seeds to flour mixture along with the buttermilk and currants if desired). Stir just until moistened.

3. Place dough on a lightly floured surface; knead 10 times. Shape into a 2-1/2 inch-thick round. Place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cut deep 1/2-inch “X” in top of dough; sprinkle with remaining sugar.

4. Bake 1 hour or until golden brown. Remove from baking sheet to wire rack; cool completely before cutting into wedges. (cut into 16 equal-sized wedges).

Store leftover bread in resealable plastic bag at room temperature up to 24 hours. Or, for longer storage, wrap tightly and freeze up to 2 months; thaw at room temperature before serving.

Yield: 16 servings
Serving Size: 1 piece per serving.

WW Points+ = 5

Carb Choices: 1-1/2

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 170, Total Fat 6g, Saturated Fat 4g, Cholesterol 15mg, Sodium 330mg, Carbohydrates 26g, Sugars 6g, Fiber 1g, Protein 3g, Vitamin A 4 %DV,
Vitamin C 2 %DV, Iron 6 %DV

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postheadericon Irish Lamb Stew

5.00 avg. rating (90% score) - 1 vote

Irish Lamb Stew is a traditional Irish recipe for St Patrick’s Day or any cold winter or fall day. All cooked on the stovetop Takes only 1-1/2 hours from start to finish. Hearty and so delicious. If you’ve never tried lamb before; odds are you will once you’ve tried this recipe. Makes 6 generous servings. Irish Lamb Stew will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.stovetop-irish-beef-stew

Prep Time: 15 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 1 Hour-15 Minutes.


2 tbsp cooking oil
(1-1/2 lb) trimmed lamb shoulder, or boneless leg of lamb,
cut into 3/4″ cubes
2 tbsp flour
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1-1/2 cups dark beer
1 cup beef broth
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
3 medium size potatoes, cut into 1″ chunks
(1/2 lb) carrots (about 4 medium), cut into 1″ chunks
(1/2 lb) parsnips (about 2 medium), cut into 1″ chunks


1. Heat 1 tbsp of the oil in a large heavy saucepan or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat meat with the flour. Add in batches to saucepan; cook until evenly browned, stirring occasionally and adding remaining 1 tbsp oil as needed. Remove meat from saucepan; set aside. Add onions to saucepan; cook and stir 2 minutes.

2. Stir the beer, broth and dressing mix into the onions in saucepan. Return meat to pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

3. Add in the potatoes, carrots and parsnips; stir. Cover. Simmer another 30 minutes Uncover; simmer 15 minutes longer or until meat is cooked through, vegetables are tender and sauce is thickened, stirring occasionally.

Original recipe and image from Kraft Foods. http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/irish-lamb-stew-90973.aspx

YIELD: 6 Servings
Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe.