Lowfat Corned Beef and Cabbage – Weight Watchers friendly recipe

I really like corned beef…not so much on the cabbage but some people do.  I think it smells like feet…but to each his own.

Anyhow, I came across this recipe for a lowfat corned beef and cabbage dinner and with St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaching on Wednesday March 17th, I thought some of you might be interested in it.

What I like about this recipe, and maybe I do need to give cabbage a second look…or taste…is that it has 10g of fiber.  Being on Weight Watchers, that is a huge bonus for this recipe, according to my calculations it would make the meal only 7 Weight Watchers points, leaving plenty of room for dessert!


  • 2 pounds corned beef brisket, trimmed
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 teaspoon pickling spice
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 1 (2-1/2-pound) head green cabbage, cored and cut into 1-inch strips
  • 2 pounds small red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoons fresh lemon juice


Place brisket in a large stockpot; add water and next 5 ingredients (water through garlic). Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 3 hours.

Remove brisket from pot. Place brisket on the rack of a broiler pan or roasting pan coated with cooking spray; place rack in pan.

Strain cooking liquid through a colander into 2 large bowls; discard solids. Return liquid to pot. Add caraway seeds and cabbage; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 20 minutes. Drain.

While cabbage is cooking, place potatoes in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water. Bring to a boil; cook 20 minutes or until tender. Drain. Return potatoes to pan. Stir in parsley, butter, rind, juice, and pepper; toss to coat.

Serve brisket with cabbage and potatoes.

Nutritional information:

Calories: 321 (41% from fat;) Fat: 14.5g (sat 4.6g,mono 6.5g,poly 0.8g;) Protein: 22.8g; Carbohydrate: 27.6g; Fiber: 10g; Cholesterol: 86mg; Iron: 4.3mg; Sodium: 927mg Calcium: 11mg.

The recipe doesn’t give the number of servings but I am assuming it would be 4 servings for a 2-lb brisket.

My calculations for the Weight Watchers points for this recipe is: 7 points.

Anybody got a clothespin?

source: nwitimes.com

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  1. Cathy says

    I think this is incomplete. Why am I spraying a roasting pan and putting the brisket on a rack, but then we are done and eating?

    • says

      The brisket has already been cooked, I believe that step is just to set the brisket aside while you cook the other stuff. The recipe was provided for me, I haven’t tried it myself.

  2. Brie H says

    I like cabbage, but the thought of it grosses me out! but I love Corned beef all around :D

  3. says

    Even though I should love this dish being a St.
    Patty’s baby and all…I need more than a clothespin..OOOOOOoooooo that smell! I can’t getit past my nose!

  4. says

    Great recipe… maybe I’ll try it this weekend since I didn’t make it for my little leprechaun Wenesday. OOPS
    My youngest son made the entire meal for all his buddies! I have taught him well. Hubby said he should have gone there!

  5. says

    Oh yum! Love me some corned beef and cabbage! My Mom always made it for St Patty’s so you can imagine my surprise when my hubby loved it too! Never even imagined it could be made low fat! ks for sharing!

  6. says

    Oh yum! Love me some corned beef and cabbage! My Mom always made it foankr St Patty’s so you can imagine my surprise when my hubby loved it too! Never even imagined it could be made low fat! ks for sharing!

    • says

      I don’t recall ever having corned beef until about 2 years ago. I really do like it but why do they call it “corned” beef LOL?