March 14, 2013

Vegan St. Patrick's Day - GO GREEN!

As I've mentioned before, I'm really not into St. Patrick's Day.  I'm not Irish, I don't drink beer, and I obviously don't eat corned beef. 

However, green is my favorite color and I love green fruits and vegetables.  So I will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day by enjoying all the green paraphernalia in the stores, and eating all the green food I can get my little non-Irish hands on!!


Green paraphernalia - love it
Here are some ideas on all the GREEN foods a plant-based rock star can eat this St. Patrick's Day (recipes at the bottom of the post):

Avocado & Spinach Toast
 
Kale Salad
 
Spinach Dip
Walnut Pesto Pasta
You could also snack on these green foods:
  • Baked Chips & Guacamole
  • Baked Chips & Avocado White Bean Dip
  • Green grapes
  • Green Apples w/Peanut Butter
  • Pear Slices
  • Kiwi
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Zucchini Sticks
  • Celery Sticks, Green Peppers, Cucumbers, Broccoli Florets w/ Hummus

One of our most popular posts was last year's St. Patrick's Day post, where we shared our Vegan Shamrock Shake!


Here's the deal on this awesome shake:

"This shake puts those other non-vegan ones TO SHAME.  Plus, it has less than half the calories, half the fat, none of the cr*p, and a lot of nutrients.  With 2 cups of spinach (that you absolutely, positively cannot even taste), you've got calcium, protein, iron, etc.  With the almond or soy milk, you've got your Vitamin D, Vitamin B12 (fortified), protein and calcium.  With the ground flaxseeds, you've got your omega-3, omega-6 fatty acids, fiber and some protein.  And with the banana, you've got your potassium, Vitamin C, and fiber.

So, yeah, needless to say, it's way better than the other yucky Shamrock Shake.  And it tastes AWESOME.  We did add some Hershey's Dark Chocolate syrup (just for garnish) and Newman Mint O's for fun - it's our St. Patty's Day "splurge."  The cookies are totally vegan, made of more natural ingredients than Oreos, but still packed with sugar.  Again, only for special occasions."

So there you go - even a plant-based rock star can have fun on St. Patrick's Day!  And if you're drinking green beer with all of these green foods?  Then you'll have even more fun! 

So this Sunday, snack on your greens, do an Irish jig, and make a Shamrock Shake Monday morning when you're hungover....

Love & Kale,
Ali


Avocado & Spinach Toast

Serves: 1

Ingredients:
  • 2 pieces whole grain bread, toasted (I used brown rice bread)
  • 1/4 avocado, sliced
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • Salt & pepper to taste
Instructions:
  1. Put your spinach in a bowl and microwave for one minute (alternatively, you could boil it on the stove, but that would involve more time and work - so go with the microwave!).
  2. Add salt and pepper to your spinach.
  3. Top each piece of toast with a few avocado slices, and half of the spinach.
  4. Eat it.  ENJOY :)

 

Kale Salad

Serves: 1

There is really no recipe for this one - just take some chopped kale, mix in any other greens you want, top with a few mushrooms and tomatoes (or whatever veggie you like!), and top with dressing of your choice!  I love just plain lemon juice, salt, pepper, and garlic powder!




Spinach Dip

This dip is literally the filling I use for my Spinach Lasagna and Stuffed Shells.  I just threw it on some toasted garlic bread and VOILA!  Awesome (and healthy) spinach dip!

Ingredients:
  • Garlic toast, or bread of choice
  • 2 - 15oz cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 oz (a couple handfuls) of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp salt (depending on your taste)
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs frozen, chopped spinach (I used three 9oz containers) OR 1 lb frozen kale, defrosted, drained with all the liquid squeezed out
Instructions:
  1. Place the garlic cloves and cashews in the food process and process for a few seconds. 
  2. Then, throw everything else in!  Puree until smooth (you might have to scrape down the sides of the food processor a few times to get it all smooth).
  3. Top each piece of toasted bread with the dip and ENJOY :)


Walnut Pesto Pasta

Recipe here.


 

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