15 Healthy Green Recipes For St. Patrick's Day & Beyond

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We’re all about celebrating St. Patrick’s Day with some green grub. We also strongly prefer healthy recipes. And, sorry, folks — that dyed green beer and bagel aren’t winning any nutrition awards. (In fact, that food coloring may have some not-so-great side effects.) Here are 15 recipes to celebrate going green the healthy way. 
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Breakfast

Savory Green Pancakes
When classic buttermilk and maple syrup just won’t do, take your pancakes the savory route. (They’ll probably go better with that naturally-dyed green beer, too). These cakes get their color from spinach (or any leafy greens) and are flavored with cumin, yogurt, and green onion. Eat up!

Green Smoothie
 
Spinach and kale give this delicious beverage its beautiful green hue. Plus, they offer tons of antioxidants and vitamins (namely iron and vitamins A and C). The combination of banana, mango, and ginger creates a distinct, crave-able flavor (and adds even more nutritional power).

Green Egg Casserole 
This breakfast dish is perfect for feeding a crowd. Simply throw together some eggs, frozen spinach, milk, whole-grain bread, and cheese and bake until cooked through. Add any other green veggies you like, too (pepper or jalapeño would be especially tasty).

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Soups, Salads, & Sides

Minted Pea Mash
This is one simple, healthy, and delicious side dish that will go well with just about any St. Patrick’s Day celebration meal. Plus, it’s bright green. It’s simple to make, too: just a dab of butter, frozen peas, mint, salt, and pepper.

Colcannon
The classic Irish dish gets revamped here, using kale and leeks instead of the traditional cabbage. (Though using kale and cabbage would get you double superfood points!)

Crispy Green Beans with Pesto
These lightly sautéed green beans go perfectly with fresh, homemade pesto. This dish is fancy enough to satisfy the foodies at any St. Paddy’s Day get-together and also simple enough that the green-bagel-loving crowd won’t be scared away.

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Snacks

Avocado Fries
Yes, you read right. Full disclosure: This recipe calls for frying the breaded fingers of green deliciousness, but we bet that they'd turn out just as well baked. Give it a try! Similarly, try making the cilantro-lemon dipping sauce with plain Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.

Fresh Fava Bean Almond Spread
This simple spread is perfect for sharing with a crowd. Plus, it’s easy to customize with whatever type of beans or peas you have available. Fava beans give a nice creamy texture while chopped almonds add some crunch.

Cucumber Feta Rolls
Super-thin cucumber slices give these rolls a festive outer layer. Inside, there’s a protein-rich Greek yogurt, feta, sun-dried tomato, and olive filling.

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Lunch & Dinner

Green Mac 'n' Cheese
This one’s sure to be a crowd pleaser. The ultimate comfort food with a healthy twist (spinach purée!) is still just as decadent and smooth as the original, with some added nutritional punch. Use whole-wheat pasta for even more protein and fiber.

Green Pizza
Yes, pizza can actually be healthy. Whole-wheat dough and a bevy of bright green toppings make this favorite more nutritionally sound. Try broccoli, arugula, and pesto on top of that pie next time you’re tossing around some dough.

Salsa Verde Chicken
The green sauce for this chicken dish is packed with healthy herbs and other goodies. Basil, cilantro, parsley, and jalapeño give it color and some kick, while a squeeze of fresh orange and lime brighten up the flavors.

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Sweets

Avocado Ice Cream
Greek yogurt and ripe avocado make up the base of this ice cream, and just a bit of heavy cream gives it a decadent texture. Try one of these methods if you don't have an ice-cream maker handy.

Mint Chocolate Chip Yogurt Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love a bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream? This one’s different though — it’s super healthy! The base is simply frozen bananas, the green color comes from (what else?) spinach, and the creaminess comes from Greek yogurt. Some mint extract and dark chocolate chips round it all out. 

Leprechaun Cake
Who ever heard of putting kiwi in cake? Now you have! This recipe combines avocado, kiwi, and lime for a slightly green and perfectly tender cake. The leprechauns will certainly come searching for a platter of these.
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