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Get Your Greens In

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, March 14, 2013  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

From wearing green clothes to drinking green beer, everyone seems to be Irish on St. Patrick’s Day.

Why not take it one step further and eat green food, too?

Not only is it in the spirit of the day but eating green foods can be good for you too. How lucky! Here are some of our favorite green foods and recipes to inspire your menu on March 17th and beyond.

Breakfast

Incorporate baby spinach into your morning and start the celebration early with a Get Your Greens Smoothie.This dish of Savory Oats with Hearty Greens is a delicious departure from sweet breakfasts.

Lunch

Enjoy a Quick Hummus and Vegetable-Stuffed Pita packed full of your favorite green veggies like cucumber, lettuce, avocado and sprouts.

Or get your green on with mini pizzas. Raw spinach (or kale leaves) make a surprising pesto for this good-for-you pizza.

Quick Hummus and Vegetable Stuffed Pitas

Snacks

Are you a salty snacker? Try Roasted Kale Chips with Parmigiano-Reggiano.They’re a crowd-pleaser as snack or a side! Using green garbanzos instead of the regular dried variety, make a green hummus to brighten up your afternoon. Double down on green with this tasty guacamole, featuring edamame and avocado. It’s great as a dip or sandwich spread. Or try Baked Feta with Kale Pesto, delicious bites that pack on the green and the flavor.

 

Edamame Guacamole

Soup, Salads and Sides

Consider serving Creamy Spring Asparagus Soup on it's own or as the start of a meal. Add green asparagus "coins" to this Irish Cheddar Soup. Or follow the veggie rainbow to this kale slaw of gold . . . red and green! It’s perfect for a potluck too. This Lentil and Couscous Salad with Arugula triples the green factor with green lentils, arugula and pesto. Yum, yum and yum. Alternatively serve a Waldorf salad. It may be classically American, but you can make it holiday appropriate and get some of your greens too by adding kale. Creamy Sesame Greens makes a gloriously green side dish.

Irish Cheddar Potato Soup with Asparagus

Rainbow Kale Slaw

Dinner

Serve up the classic American St. Patrick’s Day feast of Corned Beef and Cabbage Rolls or try this twist on the popular dish of Bubble and Squeak. (Funny name. Great taste.) Another tasty option is Cabbage and Cheddar Gratin.

Serve it alongside corned beef, or on its own as a vegetarian main dish. For a colorful, nutrient-dense vegetarian dinner full of flavor and ready in under 15 minutes, try Greens with Carrots and Feta.

Dessert

How about finishing the meal with something a little sweet and a little green like Zucchini Bread? Cranberry-Pistachio Oatmeal Lace Cookies, flecked with green nuts, hit the mark too.

 

Finally, don’t forget about green tea, an antioxidant drink with plenty of benefits. While it may not be your brew of choice on March 17th, it might just hit the spot the following day. Sláinte (to your health)!

Is your menu going green this St. Patrick’s Day? We’d love to hear what you have planned.

Category: Food & Recipes

 

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Maritza Soto says ...
Thanks for healthy delicious recipes :)
03/22/2013 2:20:03 PM CDT