You ever show up with the best dish, only to discover 3 others brought the same thing?

St,. Patrick's Day celebrations all over will include the Irish staple, corned beef and cabbage. No doubt, everyone wants to eat that during the parties and celebrations all over the Quad Cities this weekend.

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But what if you don't like corned beef and cabbage? *cue the 'boo' sounds (not the booze)* Here are a few authentic Irish dishes you can make that will ensure your love for your plant-eating side and your Irish heritage. I guarantee you, most of your friends will NOT be bringing these dishes. You are safe with these. Not only from a 'non-duplicate' perspective, but from a health perspective, as well.

From a list I searched far-and-wide for, here are some great ways to 'Go Green' with your food this St. Patrick's Day.

1. Irish Nachos

This recipe will leave you wanting more and your friends may not even realize it's actually pretty healthy for you. They hear the word 'nachos' and usually, it's all over by then. Or all gone, to say the least. Get yo nacho game on! These nacho-average nachos. Game. stinkin. on.

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2. Cock of the North

In an odd sort of way, I'm both bothered by the name of this dish and intrigued at the same time. Talk about Irish food confusion! The best part about this dish, is how 'normal' it looks and tastes. I have made similar things and you'd be surprised how similar tasting to the usual ingredients this is. Plant-based eating is not so bad after all! Besides, you have to admit, the name of the dish will make people want to try it alone!

 

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3. Irish Whiskey Cake

Nothing says 'eat your vegan cake and have your whiskey, too' like this recipe. Love your whiskey, have your cake and save the planet all. day. long. I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this one, so like Michael Jackson says, I'll just 'eat it.' Oh wait, that was Weird Al.

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4. Irish Cake Bombs

I think these were designed to explode in your mouth. With Bailey's and Irish stout in the recipe, how on St. Patrick's 'green' earth can you go wrong? You can't. You can never go wrong with this many Irish alcohols in the mix. Really. It's actually in the mix.

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5. Irish Soda Bread

Heck ya, this ain't your Aunt Colleen's Irish Soda Bread! It's yours...and it's vegan and it's really tasty. There is some controversy surrounding this recipe. Who knew? While this recipe has been known to be a myth, simply because historians believe such lavish ingredients such as sugar or caraway would never have been found in the Irish home on-hand, others believe in the preservation and the history of this bread. To each, his own. Bread for everyone. It's like the 11th Commandment or something. '...and there shall be bread. '

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