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Colcannon My Way…Not Bad If I Do Say So Myself

I said at the beginning of the month, I would be focusing on all things heart related and would also include some heart heathy recipes. This is a vegan version of a less heart friendly dish. We didn’t miss the butter or the meat at all.

In case you’ve never heard of Colcannon, it’s a traditional Irish dish made with cabbage or kale, potatoes and butter. It often has bacon and/or ham but mine came out just fine without either. And I replaced the butter with olive oil.

As I have mentioned in the past, I am not the world’s best food stager, so my recipes always taste better than they look. So don’t judge a dish by its picture.

This was the easiest thing to make and it was a lovely meal to have on a cold winter Saturday. I took a few shortcuts because I was having a lazy day and needed some comfort food. I substituted garlic salt rather than garlic and plain salt for ease. Next time I’ll use fresh garlic because I believe it’s healthier.

Try it out and let me know what you think. I think you’ll be pleased.

Colcannon ala Karen

This is a vegan variation of a traditional Irish recipe that was so simple I was surprised how good it was.
5 from 1 vote
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 4


  • 3 leeks sliced using only the white parts
  • 1 bag coleslaw cabbage mix
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 6 medium yellow potatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • dice potatoes and boil in water until tender, leaving skins on
  • sauté sliced leeks and minced garlic in 1 tbsp.olive oil
  • add coleslaw mix to the sautéed leeks and garlic and sauté until soft
  • transfer cooked potatoes to a large bowl and mash using some of the potato water and 1 tbsp.olive oil
  • mix sautéed vegetables to the potatoes and mix well
  • add salt and pepper to taste
  • warm in the oven until hot...about 15 minutes


This is really so simple and quick to make and was really quite tasty. It can be a side dish as well as an entrée.
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  1. Martha on February 6, 2022 at 9:10 am

    5 stars
    Well the title intriqued me and glad I checked! I love cabbage and always looking for new recipes. Gotta try this for sure! I’m thinking maybe add a few carrots for color! I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    • Karen on February 6, 2022 at 9:41 am

      I think that’s a good idea Martha. It was so easy to make and we really enjoyed it.

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