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Vegan Colcannon and Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

March 16, 2011

My day has totally taken a turn for the better! First, I had an awesome conversation with an executive at work about starting healthy living initiatives. Then my guest post went up on Julie’s Blog. Then right after I finished making two amazing Irish dishes, I found out I won Terra chips from Sophia! Talk about a lucky duck!


Since tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, I felt inclined to make a traditional Irish meal. You do know that people in Ireland eat don’t corned beef and cabbage all the time, right? The foods aren’t unheard of there, but it’s primarily a North American tradition. Ireland actually has a very modern and bustling food scene full of delicious fresh salmon and grass-fed lamb. But Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage. Often times it is made with butter and ham or bacon, but tonight I gave the dish my own spin.

I used this recipe from VeganYumYum with a few modifications.

Colcannon (adapted from VeganYumYum)

Serves Four as a side dish

4 Cups Chopped Potatoes, I like Yukon Gold (I used one white potato and one sweet potato)
4 Cloves Garlic, minced (optional)
3 Tbs Earth Balance Margarine
4 Cups Chopped Kale (I used a mix of kale and collards)
1 Cup Chopped Seitan
1 tsp Soy Sauce (I used Braggs Liquid Aminos)
1 Tbs Nutritional Yeast (optional)
2-4 Tbs Soy Milk or Soy Creamer, warmed (I used Silk unsweetened soy milk)
3 Sprigs Thyme, leaves leaves only (optional) (Did not use)
Salt and Pepper to taste

First I placed the chopped potatoes in a pot of boiling water while sauteeing the garlic in Earth Balance.

When the garlic was fragrant, I added chopped Kale, Seiten and Braggs Liquid Aminos.

I’d never used SeitenΒ  (say-tahn) before. It’s is derived from the protein portion of wheat and is a good substitute for meat. It comes in slices in a bag with a little bit of liquid and looks spongy.

Anyhoo. When the potatoes were soft, I drained them and then mashed them into the veggie and seiten mixture.

The last step was to add a little bit of soy milk and nutritional yeast. The nooch is optional but adds great flavor and nutrition.

I was thrilled with how creamy this was, even without a lot of butter or cream. The Earth Balance brought out the flavors of the kale and potatoes, and the seiten added a slighty salty and chewy component. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did, but now I think it’d be a great dish for any night of the week. With protein from the seiten, veggies in the form of kale and collards, complex carbs from the sweet potato, and healthy fats in the Earth Balance this side dish is actually a complete meal!


The second recipe tonight is Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread from The Happy Herbivore. This is a super easy bread consisting primarily of four ingredients – flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and salt. Often times a bit of sugar and raisins or currants are added for sweetness. It is said that a cross was carved into the bread to ward off the Devil or let the fairies out of the bread.

Irish Soda Bread from the Happy Herbivore

Servings: 20


  • 2 cups non-dairy milk
  • 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar (optional)
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)

First I had to mix Soy milk with apple cider vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes. I’d never made vegan buttermilk this way, but sure enough it curdled up!

I combined the rest of the ingredients in a big bowl, then added almost all of the milk mixture to form a wet dough.

With just a small hand mix I was able to form the dough into a ball and used a knife to make my X.

This went into the oven at 425 for 35 minutes and came out with a crusty outside and doughy sweet inside.

I’m so excited to bring this to work tomorrow! I love exposing my co-workers to delicious vegan eats.


My own dinner tonight consisted of half of the Colcannon, a small side salad, and a little slice of soda bread. I had to try it and was not disappointed. It was the perfect light sweetness and would be even better with some Kerry Gold butter – right Heather?

I hope some of you can try these dishes as part of your celebration tomorrow! I was finished cooking both and cleaning the kitchen in less than one hour! A seasonal, quick, healthy meal is a winner in my book!


14 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2011 8:19 pm

    Fun foods! I’ve never heard of sietan…could you taste it in the dish, or was it more just texture? I looooooove irish soda bread- this one looks pretty easy! No time for cooking tomorrow, unfortunately…but maybe a belated St. Patty’s meal this weekend! πŸ™‚

  2. March 16, 2011 8:19 pm

    Oh my, not only a dashing fashion queen but you are an amazing cook too! your boyfriend is one lucky guy to have you


  3. March 16, 2011 8:22 pm

    P.S. Your writing has changed since I started reading your blog…but in a good way! Your writing has always been great and informative but now it also seems more personable! Hope that makes sense. πŸ™‚

  4. March 16, 2011 9:02 pm

    Your Irish themed meal looks wonderful! I’ve never heard colcannon, but everything about it seems like something i’d be all about. And irish soda bread – grrr, I let that slip! I pledged to make it this year but didn’t quite get to it. Unless I have a belated St. Patty’s day celebration πŸ˜›
    I’m glad to hear your day has taken a turn for the better!! I hope you have a great night, too.

  5. Abby permalink
    March 16, 2011 9:32 pm

    Glad to hear your day turned around! Loved your guest post!

  6. March 17, 2011 2:52 am

    So glad your day got better! I’ve never had colcannon but it looks tasty. And I got some Irish soda bread from the farmer’s market today! I also tried my hand at making it last summer and loved it. Yours looks great with the raisins!
    p.s. Thanks again for the race advice… I’m going to look up some 5k or 10k options πŸ™‚

  7. Kate permalink
    March 17, 2011 6:13 am

    Happy St. Patty’s Day, Clare! This Colcannon looks amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe; I can’t wait to make it! I made some soda bread last Saturday…it was soooooo yummy that I ate the whole loaf in about two days…OOPS!! πŸ™‚

  8. March 17, 2011 7:43 am

    I’m glad your day got better! That Irish meal looks great! Have a happy, happy St. Patrick’s Day! πŸ™‚

  9. March 17, 2011 7:56 am

    that sounds DELICIOUS!! i love soda bread!!! oh and i loved your guest post! so funny!

  10. March 17, 2011 8:41 am

    Never heard of colcannon–how interesting!

  11. March 17, 2011 1:28 pm

    I just had some soda bread for lunch! I should try out that recipe so i can stop BUYING it haha πŸ™‚


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