Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Go Green for St. Patty's Day

St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner (ok, tomorrow) so why not celebrate with some yummy green food? Forget the dyed green eggs and pancakes; try delicious, naturally green food to make your mouth and body happy. Here's a few ideas to get you started:

Green Smoothies:

Throw some fruit in a blender. Any fruit will work, but berries and bananas work best. I always use bananas in smoothies because they make everything nice and creamy. Add some cold milk or water, or even yogurt if you want it super creamy. Maybe some ice cubes. Now for the secret ingredient: Spinach, kale, collards, or any other leafy green. Throw in a handful and blend until smooth. The smoothie will turn green, and I promise you can barely taste the greens, if at all. This is great nutritious breakfast or snack that will keep you going for quite awhile. Sounds scary, but give it a shot!

Pea Green Soup

because anyone can roast beef...tee hee.

Thaw out a bag of frozen peas and blend with a cup or two of veggie broth until smooth. Add some spices or salt if you want, and heat up. Dip crackers or g free bread. Yummy!

Green-Eyed Monster Soup
This is hardly a recipe and I feel kinda silly for posting it, but whatevs.

Steam a bunch of green veggies- broccoli, leafy greens, peas, green peppers, zucchini, whatever and blend with some veggies broth and spices. I like to add additional chunks of veggies because I'm not into chunkless soup, but do whatever floats your boat. Heat it up and eat it up.


Steam some broccoli and mash with avocado, lime, salt, and cilantro for a slightly lighter version of traditional guacamole. Eat fast though (not that you wouldn't) because it only lasts a few days in the fridge.

Zucchini Hummus

Blend some chickpeas with lemon juice, salt, and a few slices of zucchini. Sometimes I sub green bell pepper for the zucchini for a slightly different taste. This is really good on Nut Thins.

Ummm...green dessert...green dessert...

I like my dessert to be brown (chocoholic, what can I say) but if you're a lime fan, that's a great option. I hate key lime anything, so I don't have any recipes for you, but the web is full of them. Happy cooking!

Also, wear your green!


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  2. What a great St. Patrick's Day posting. Your suggestions sound wonderful and I am sure planning on trying them out even if it well past St. Patrick's Day.

    Thanks you for your hard work in putting this column together. It has great information for us to use and try out.

  3. I love spilt pea soup, guac, hummus and peanut butter, great easy recipes. Thanks