A Green Menu for St. Paddy's Day

It’s time to break out your one green sweater and party like it’s pre-1999. And by “pre-1999”, we mean, the 5th century.

Born in 385 AD, Maewyn Succat (who later changed his name to Patricius after becoming a priest) was actually British. And if you want to celebrate St. Paddy’s day right, you’ll wear blue (so forget that green sweater, I guess) because a spring-y light blue was Patricius’ color of choice.

So, now that you’re out of college, St. Paddy’s day can mean a little more than “kegs and eggs” and we have a whole day’s worth of tasty and healthy recipes you can cook up to drive out your own metaphorical snakes, just like St. Patrick. (Jury is out on whether his driven-snakes were real.)


Start with a little Luck o’ the Irish

In Ireland, the number four is considered lucky (think 4-leaf clovers) and in the US, we’ve all heard about lucky number 7. So we’ve put together four breakfast smoothies using just 7 basic ingredients because some mornings, it’s tough to muster up the tenacity to do anything more than throw ingredients at the blender and turn it on high. Great sources of potassium (looking at you, Tropical Greenie) and dietary fiber, these slurp-worthy smoothies have 0 cholesterol.

  • Beginner Greenie: 1 cup Almond Milk, handful of Spinach, 2 small Oranges
      • Calories 157.2
      • Total Fat 2.8 g
      • Sodium173.7 mg
      • Total Carbohydrate 31.7 g
      • Dietary Fiber 6.2 g
      • Sugars 25.1 g
      • Protein 3.6 g
  • Shamrock Smoothie: ¾ cup Almond Milk, small handful of Spinach, 1 cup Pineapple, ½ cup Mango, 2 tbsp Chia Seeds
      • Calories 298.1
      • Total Fat 8.9 g
      • Sodium 127.6 mg
      • Total Carbohydrate 49.8 g
      • Dietary Fiber 14.5 g
      • Sugars 31.9 g
      • Protein 8.2 g
  • Omega Greenie: ¼ cup Almond Milk, small handful of Spinach, ½ Avocado, 2 tbsp Chia Seeds, 4-6 Ice Cubes
      • Calories 271.9
      • Total Fat 18.7 g
      • Sodium 66.2 mg
      • Total Carbohydrate 19.1 g
      • Dietary Fiber 15.9 g
      • Sugars 1.9 g
      • Protein 8.1 g
  • Tropical Greenie: ½ cup Almond Milk, small handful Spinach, 1 Orange, ½ Avocado, ¼ cup Pineapple, ¼ cup Mango 
      • Calories 257.9
      • Total Fat 13.7 g
      • Sodium 104.9 mg
      • Total Carbohydrate 34.2 g
      • Dietary Fiber 9.6 g
      • Sugars 22.1 g
      • Protein 3.6 g

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend for 20-30 seconds. For better results, use frozen fruit.
 

Put on your own world’s shortest (food) parade

New York City may host the world’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade, but your style may be a bit more like Hot Springs, Arkansas. Hot Springs boasts the world’s shortest St. Paddy’s Day parade at just 98 feet. If that’s the case, whip up one or two of these shamrock tinged delights mid-day. You’ll get those healthy avocado fats to keep your energy up and your tiny parade going strong.

Luck-amole (Serves 4):

  • 1 large Avocado
  • ½ lime(juiced)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 roma tomato, chopped
  • 2 tbsp onion – or 1 shallot
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro

Blend avocado, lime juice and sea salt in blender until mixed. Add chopped tomato, chopped onion/shallot and cilantro and pulse until mixed. You want it with chunks, not smooth.

  • Calories 104.4
  • Total Fat 7.9 g
  • Sodium 150.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 8.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4.6 g
  • Sugars 3.6 g
  • Protein 2.0 g

Leprechaun Dip (Serves 4):

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 small avocados
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • ¼ cup basil leaves
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ½ cup green onion (no white parts)

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend for 20-30 seconds. Scrape down sides and continue blending from 15 more seconds. Repeat until desired consistency is reached.

  • Calories 188.2
  • Total Fat 15.4 g
  • Sodium 9.1 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 13.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber 9.1 g
  • Sugars 3.8 g
  • Protein 3.8 g 

Humm-Irish Dip (Serves 6):

  • 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed, drained
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (optional, add water instead)
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt (optional)
  • 1 avocado

Put all ingredients in food processor and blend, scrape sides and add water (1 tbsp at a time) as necessary to reach the desired consistency.

  • Calories 205.7
  • Total Fat 13.0 g
  • Sodium 291.0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 17.3 g
  • Dietary Fiber 7.3 g
  • Sugars 1.9 g
  • Protein 6.1 g

Corn, not Beef

I found out this year that Corned beef doesn’t actually have anything to do with the grain, corn, but the salt that is historically used to cure the beef is so large, they are referred to as “corns.” I had a “The more you know…” moment. This year, instead of loading up on cholesterol and sodium, why not try this hearty and healthy stew and our twist on colcannon. It’s packed with flavor without adding any unnecessary salt.

Pot ‘O Gold Stew:

  • 2-4 cups veggie stock
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 onion or 2 shallots, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 8-12oz mushrooms, quartered
  • 2 lb gold potatoes, cut into chunks
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Nutrition info:

  • Calories 175.8
  • Total Fat 0.5 g
  • Sodium 460.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 37.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
  • Sugars 5.3 g
  • Protein 6.5 g

Kalecannon:

  • 4 large russet potatoes, skinned and halved
  • 3 cups kale
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp black pepper

Nutrition info:

  • Calories 192.9
  • Total Fat 0.7 g
  • Sodium 76.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 42.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber 7.4 g
  • Sugars 2.8 g
  • Protein 5.6 g

Heat a large pot on med-high. Add ½ cup vegetable stock, celery, shallot and garlic and heat for 5 mins. Add ½ cup of flour and coat the vegetables. Add in 2 cups vegetable stock and stir. Add in the carrots, mushrooms, potatoes, tomato paste, dried thyme, dried rosemary, black pepper and 1 cup vegetable stock. Cook for 10-15 mins. Add 1 tbsp of flour at time if you would like the stew to be thicker.

While the stew cooks, boil the potatoes for the colcannon in a separate large pot. This may take about 20-25 mins. Use the stew to steam the kale while the colcannon potatoes boil. The kale will go from strong and crisp to wilted. When the potatoes are ready, drain the water and add the almond milk, garlic pepper and black pepper. Mash the potatoes, add the kale and stir.

It’s not a birthday, but have some cake

March 17 is the anniversary of St. Patrick’s death. The annual feast held to mark the occasion was originally a very solemn. Thankfully, the holiday has become much more a celebration of life. Satisfy your sweet tooth and round out the day with these soft and delicious two-bite muffins.

Green Malarkey Mini-muffins (Serves 20+ muffins): 

  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ cup applesauce
  • 1 large banana
  • 6 oz spinach

Preheat oven to 350˚, line muffin pan with paper liners. Combine flour, cinnamon, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt in a large mixing bowl. Blend almond milk, maple syrup, banana, spinach, applesauce, vanilla extract in a blender or food processor until completely pureed. Pour the blended ingredients into the mixing bowl, lightly combine. (Do not over-mix.)
Spoon the batter into the muffin pan, and bake for 20 minutes, or until the muffins are firm to the touch on top, not browning.

  • Calories 76.2
  • Total Fat 0.4 g
  • Sodium 91.0 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 16.7 g
  • Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
  • Sugars 4.9 g
  • Protein 1.6 g


Cold Weather: Good for St. Patrick, Rough on Your Sinuses

It’s likely that, due to cold weather, the snakes that St. Patrick is supposed to have driven from Ireland were metaphorical. Snakes wouldn’t have been exactly abundant in the cold weather - St. Paddy wouldn’t have had to work hard to get rid of actual snakes. However, what’s good for snake banishing, isn’t great for my tissue budget. So, if you wake up on March 18th and you’re not feeling so hot due to the weather (I’m sure it’s the weather that’s making you feel that way, right?), we’re here to help you (and your body!) get back to normal.

Lucky Charm (serves 8-12):

  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • ½ lime, sliced
  • 2 sprigs of mint leaves
  • water

In a pitcher combine cucumber and lime slices with mint sprigs. Fill with water. For better results, wait 30 minutes before serving.

  • Calories 3.0
  • Total Fat 0.0 g
  • Sodium 0.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 0.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
  • Sugars 0.1 g
  • Protein 0.0 g

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