It is that time of the year when we all have the best excuse to eat green foods. This round up contains healthy naturally-green vegetarian and vegan recipes that are wholesome, yet comforting and perfect for St. Patricks Day ''Green" theme.
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17 annually. It's a celebration where Irish and non-Irish communities participate in the “wearing of the green” - sporting an item of green clothing or a shamrock, the Irish national plant, in the lapel.
So why not indulge in food that is green? Here are naturally green foods free from food coloring and artificial food dyes? They are not only tasty but also healthy for your family to get into the holiday spirit.
St. Patrick's Day History
St. Patrick’s Day observes the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. Many legends grew around him—for example, that he drove the snakes out of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Trinity .The holiday has evolved globally into a celebration of Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, drinking and a whole lot of green.
One icon of this Irish holiday is the Leprechaun . The original Irish name for these figures of folklore is “lobaircin,” meaning “small-bodied fellow.” Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies, tiny men and women who could use their magical powers to serve good or evil.
Healthy Green St. Patricks Day Recipes
This St. Patrick’s Day, get creative with naturally green recipes. Here's a list of our favorite recipes for you to try for your feast day.
Pesto Orzo Salad
This Pesto orzo salad is green, flavorful and easy to make! Sun-Dried tomatoes, basil leaves, and fresh mozzarella make this a summer favorite. Perfect for a picnic, potluck, or weeknight meal.
Roasted Brussel Sprouts
Brussel sprouts roasted in the air fryer are so crunchy and tasty. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, these are a perfect green side dish or snack ready in under 15 minutes.
Thai Green Curry
This authentic Vegan Green Curry with Tofu and Vegetables is rich, creamy and luscious with bold spicy flavors, and so easy to make in under 30 minutes. You will enjoy the takeout experience at home!
Spinach Artichoke Lasagna
A healthy vegetarian lasagna with lots of fresh spinach, green artichokes and cheese layered between noodles. Step out of your comfort zone and try this delicious pressure cooked lasagna in the instant pot!
Enjoy this healthy Cream of Broccoli soup made in less than 30 minutes. This delicious green soup can be enjoyed guilt free now, with this plant-based, vegan & gluten free recipe. Perfect for a quick satisfying lunch or dinner.
Avocado Egg Salad Sandwich
You will love this green twist to the classic egg salad with the addition of avocados. Avocado egg salad sandwich is convenient, fast and easy way to eat a healthy breakfast!
Palak Paneer is one of the most popular dishes from North India. Here, paneer cubes are simmered into a creamy, vibrant green spinach gravy. It is a nutritious Vegetarian, Gluten-free and Low Carb dish.
Instant Pot Green Beans
These perfectly steamed Instant Pot Green Beans have a fresh, crunchy texture, and are ready in a jiffy! Saute with butter and garlic, drizzle on some lemon juice, and they make a delicious side dish for any meal.
Guacamole Devilled Eggs
Green Guacamole Deviled Eggs are a healthy twist to the traditional deviled eggs. Enjoy this as a healthy snack or serve as an appetizer for your next gathering!
Indian Green Chutney
A cool, spicy and tangy chutney. This no-cook mint cilantro chutney is a must try accompaniment to Indian food such as samosa, chaat, kebabs and sandwiches. This Indian green sauce is so versatile, and can be varied with simple ingredients!
Easy Sprouts Salad
This green homemade nutrition-packed Sprouts Salad made with sprouted mung beans, crunchy onions, tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, and spices. It is a refreshing salad that has fresh and tangy flavors and can be enjoyed as a great protein-rich breakfast or snack.
Rotini Chickpea Pasta
You need just a few ingredients to make this delicious Rotini Chickpea Pasta with fresh green arugula, cherry tomatoes and feta. It is healthy, flavorful and takes less than 30 minutes to make!
Aromatic basmati rice, with green spinach and spices, make this dish flavorful and healthy! Vegan & Gluten-free.
Air Fryer Kale Chips
Air Fryer Kale Chips are the best way to enjoy kale! Homemade crispy kale chips are a delicious, green, low calorie snack that can be made in less than 20 minutes. Roasting kale chips in the air fryer is so easy and keeps crispy for days!
Instant Pot Asparagus Risotto
This Instant Pot Lemon Asparagus Risotto brings all the vibrant flavors and green color of spring to your bowl. Made with fresh asparagus, zesty lemon, and arborio rice, this gluten-free risotto is the best one-pot meal.
Methi Matar Malai
Methi Matar Malai is a smooth, rich and delicious curry made in a white gravy along with fenugreek, green peas, and cashews. This North Indian curry is well known for its rich creamy texture, and pairs perfectly with naan or rice!
Avocado Banana Smoothie
This green, delectable avocado banana smoothie is a must-try! Full of healthy fats, and a wonderful creamy texture, this smoothie makes a great breakfast or snack.
Gnocchi in Basil Pesto
A easy and delicious meal, Gnocchi with Pesto Sauce. This can be prepared in less than 20 minutes for a tasty and satisfying dinner for those busy weeknights.
Nutritious spinach makes the green base for this traditional North Indian dish, combined with potatoes and spices. This is a simplified one-pot version, made in Instant Pot, which takes just 30 minutes to prepare. This is a vegan & gluten-free curry.
This easy roasted broccoli takes just 10 minutes to make in the air fryer. It is vibrant green, tender with roasted edges and so delicious. A perfect healthy side dish that your whole family will love.
Shikanji (Indian Lemonade)
This homemade salty Indian Lemonade, also known as Shikanji or Nimbu Pani, is so refreshing, flavorful, and helps to beat the summer heat. Made with naturally green and clean ingredients it can be served at any time of the day.
Spaghetti tossed in green sauce along with sun-dried tomatoes and a drizzle of lemon juice. This is my favorite way to eat spaghetti and is ready in just 20 minutes!
Kung Pao Brussels Sprouts
A simple yet delicious side dish, these Kung Pao Brussels sprouts can add a lot lot of green to your meal. Garnished with roasted peanuts and sesame seeds, they can be prepared in under 30 minutes.
Avocado Cilantro Sauce
This green Creamy Avocado Cilantro Sauce is finger licking delicious. It takes just 5 minutes to make in a blender and is perfect for tacos, burgers, salads, or just as a dip with chips and vegetables.
This easy Aloo Beans or Indian Green Beans stir fry with Potatoes is a vegan & gluten free recipe, perfect for a vegetable side dish!
You won't believe how easy it is to make this Asparagus Soup in your Instant Pot. This bowl of green goodness is creamy and you'll have it ready to serve in less than 20 minutes!
Cauliflower with Cilantro Sauce
This Air Fryer Cauliflower seasoned with spices is so easy to make and amazingly delicious topped with green cilantro yogurt sauce. Enjoy as a wonderful low carb side dish or appetizer.
Saag Paneer is the authentic North Indian favorite. It is made with cooking naturally green mustard leaves and spinach with spices and cottage cheese, which makes it a delicious and nutritious dish.
Air Fryer Asparagus
Here is an easy way to use fresh green asparagus and turn it into a healthy, delicious side dish. This Air Fryer Asparagus is perfectly seasoned and cooks quickly while keeping it tender-crisp.
Avocado Chutney Sandwich
Make this amazing Indian style Avocado Chutney Sandwich and satisfy those morning hunger pangs in a green way. You will love the taste of fresh mint cilantro chutney, and the creamy smooth avocado slices in every single bite!
Kurkuri Bhindi (Crispy Fried Okra)
Kukuri Bhindi, called Kurmure Bhendi Bhaja in Bengali, is sliced okra coated in spices and fried until crunchy. This crispy fried okra is so good, you cannot stop eating it. Make this crispy okra by deep frying or in the air fryer. Enjoy this green appetizer or side dish!
Basil Walnut Pesto
Fresh Basil Walnut Pesto can be made in 10 minutes with just 5 ingredients - Fresh basil leaves, walnuts, garlic, romano (or parmesan) and olive oil. This is your best versatile green sauce!
Lemon Asparagus Pasta
Get all the flavors of spring in a bowl with this Lemon Asparagus Pasta. Make it in the Instant Pot in just 30 minutes, and the result will be a creamy bowl of pasta, filled with fresh greens! Try this delicious, vegetarian, one-pot meal tonight!
Happy St. Patricks Day! I hope you enjoy the day with lots of wonderful food, fun and laughter ☘️