This year don't just celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the pub crawl that is topped off with a major hangover the next morning; instead, immerse yourself more into the culture by cooking up some healthy Irish fare that goes beyond corned beef and boiled cabbage. These meals are great for any of your St. Patrick's Day parties or even as a filling meal before you head out to the bar.

Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread

Soda bread is a staple in a traditional Irish home and is quicker to make than yeast bread. It is perfect for morning toast or to go with a hearty soup.

Per serving: 165 calories, 1g fat, 37g carbohydrates, 8g protein, 3g fiber

Irish Lamb Stew

You won't still be hungry after enjoying this lamb stew filled with potatoes, leeks and carrots. It serves 8 so it is a perfect dish for parties as well as simple dinners.

Per serving: 266 calories, 7g fat, 27g carbohydrates, 23g protein, 4g fiber

Chicken Sausage Sauerkraut

For this recipe, pick carefully the type of chicken sausage you use because it heavily affects the flavor. Roasted garlic sausage and sweet apple sausage are two good recommendations. You will also need dry white wine and caraway seeds.

Per serving: 295 calories, 9g fat, 24g carbohydrates, 14g protein, 4g fiber

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie

Try these mini vegetarian shepherd's pies as a fun alternative for your party guests. Make a spinach salad with oranges, walnuts and red-wine vinaigrette to serve with the pies.

Per serving: 326 calories, 8g fat, 55g carbohydrates, 12g protein, 10g fiber

Red Potato Colcannon

Potatoes and cabbage are a must for St. Patrick's Day so try this variation with steamed red potatoes, sautéed cabbage and a small hint of butter. This recipe uses a Dutch oven.

Per serving: 182 calories, 4g fat, 31g carbohydrates, 6g protein, 5g fiber