7 Lucky Recipes to Help You Get Your Green On!

7 Lucky Recipes to Help You Get Your Green On!

by Beth Shaw | 16/03/2015

Happy St. Patty’s, everyone! In honor of this shamrock-centric holiday, I’ve been thinking of tasty recipes for nourishing green meals to bring you luck and make you shine from the inside out! If wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day is good luck then I bet eating green brings double the fortune!

Below are seven of my favorite green recipes. These items will make delicious and vibrant alternatives to your traditional St. Patty’s corned beef and cabbage. All are sure to bring color and life to your holiday kitchen table!

 

1. Spicy Broccoli Rabe

The high concentration of cancer-fighting glucosinolates in broccoli rabe will keep you healthy and lucky!

What you’ll need:

8 cups water

1 pound broccoli rabe (rapini)

1 tbs olive oil

1/8 tsp crushed red pepper

3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

¼ tsp kosher salt

¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

Make it lean:

  • Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan. Cut broccoli rabe in 2-inch pieces.
  • Cook broccoli rabe in boiling water 2 minutes; drain.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add olive oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add crushed red pepper and garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring occasionally. Add broccoli rabe to pan; cook 2 minutes. Stir in salt and black pepper.

2. Kelp Noodles

Translucent, light green kelp noodles, nature’s gift to your skin, hair and nails, are absolutely packed with nutrients, providing 46 minerals, 16 amino acids, and 11 vitamins.

What you’ll need:

8 ounces kelp noodles

¼ cup tamari

2 tbs toasted sesame oil

1 tbs agave nectar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tbs grapeseed oil

2 cups thinly sliced yellow onion

2 cups shredded carrots

3 cups slices shitake mushrooms

1 tbs minced garlic

3 cups baby spinach

2 cups finely chopped broccoli

2 tsp sesame seeds

Make it lean:

  • Cook noodles according to package directions. Rinse and cool.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the tamari, sesame oil, agave salt, and pepper. Add noodles, coat the sauce, and set aside.
  • In a large sauté pan or wok, heat grapeseed oil over medium high heat. Add the onion and carrot and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the mushrooms and garlic and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spinach and broccoli and cook until spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.
  • Add veggies to noodles and toss until well combined. Garnish with sesame seeds.

 

3. Carb Cutting Zucchini Fettuccini

This relaxing dish will indulge your taste buds without expanding your waistline, replacing traditional pasta with gluten free rice pasta and zucchini faux-noodles!

What you’ll need:

4 ounces rice fettuccini noodles

8 medium zucchini

2 tbs unsalted butter

1 tbs olive oil

1 clove garlic, thinly sliced

½ tbs kosher salt

¼ tsp freshly ground pepper

½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Make it lean:

  • Cook pasta according to package directions, set aside.
  • Slice zucchini thinly to the size of rice noodles.
  • Steam zucchini until it is the texture of cooked pasta, approx. 2 mins.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add garlic, stir to prevent burning.
  • Remove garlic with slotted spoon; set aside in small bowl. Increase heat to medium high. Add the noodles, salt, pepper, cheese, and garlic.
  • Toss until cheese is melted and everything is combined.

4. Guacamole and Tomato Salad with Spicy Salsa

This rich, green salad, packed with flavor and vitamins, will bring your taste buds and spirit to life.

What you’ll need:

4 ripe avocados, pitted and peeled

3 small tomatoes, finely chopped

1 handful flat-leaf parsley

1 clove garlic, crushed

½ shallot, minced

½ lemon, juiced

2 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Make it lean:

  • In a mixing bowl, smash the avocados with the back of a fork until you reach your desired chunkiness.
  • Fold in the remaining ingredients.
  • Serve with sliced cucumber, celery, carrots, or your other favorite dipping veggies.

5. Matcha Green Tea Latte

Vibrant green matcha, a potent form of green tea, provides a variety of excellent health benefits plus stellar anti-aging properties. A perfect alternative to drinking green beer on St. Patty’s day!

What you’ll need:

2/3 cup hot water

2 tablespoons matcha powder

1 teaspoon agave syrup

1/3 cup soy or almond milk, steamed

Make it lean:

  • Bring water to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in matcha powder and agave until combined
  • Pour into your favorite mug and top with steamed soy or almond milk.
  • For extra zing, add a bag of green tea!

6. Spicy Hummus Wrap

These wraps nourish you with total green power, using luscious leaves of Swiss chard in place of tortillas.  

What you’ll need:

1/3 cup hummus

2 large Swiss chard leaves

¼ tsp cayenne pepper

¼ cup alfalfa sprouts

½ cup shredded white cabbage

2 Persian cucumbers, chopped

1/3 avocado, cubed

1 jalapeno, finely chopped

Make it lean:

  • Divide hummus between the Swiss chard leaves and gently spread. Sprinkle the cayenne onto the hummus then layer the remaining ingredients onto the leaves.
  • Wrap and enjoy!

7. Green Youth Smoothie

This smoothie is packed with anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting agents as well as nutrients to support sound sleep and help manage blood pressure.

What you’ll need:

2 cups chopped kale or spinach

6 to 7 frozen pitted cherries

¼ cup frozen blueberries

¼ frozen banana

1 tbs almond butter

1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk or rice milk

1 tsp ground flax seed

1 tsp borage oil (optional)

1 package vitamin C mix, such as Emergen-C

1 scoop protein powder (hemp, rice, or whey)

Make it lean:

Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

When I think about these delicious green recipes, skipping the typical meat and potatoes of St. Patrick’s Day feels like no sacrifice at all!  My hope is that getting some variation in the green on your plate (or in your cup) will help remind you of the myriad ways we can incorporate vital veggies and nutrients into our diets.

I promise, eating your greens can be much more exciting than plain side salad! Enjoy these recipes for a lively and lucky holiday!