Healthy Green Recipes for St. Patricks Day

by Marla on March 16, 2012 · 29 comments

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I am one of those odd few who sticks to my healthy eating regime no matter what the holiday or celebration. St. Patrick’s Day is one of those days. My eyes indulge in the stunning cupcakes, layer cakes, marshmallows, Guiness Floats, decorated cookies, truffles, candy & everything green!

Folks celebrate this fun lucky holiday with green beer, green bagels and more (yes, my kids eat the green bagels at school.) I go with all natural green from avocados, match tea and veggies.

Come take a look and create some of these quick + delicious recipes if you want to go green au natural!

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What you see here are my Matcha Green Tea Pistachio Muffins. Little blissful gluten free bites with a delicate green tea flavor. Have you ever tried match green tea powder? If not you must.

I even decorated them with little whipped cream shamrocks so you can feel a bit more festive.

Please be kind about some of these older photos. Just dig into the recipes…

Green summer fruit shake with essential vitamins and minerals

My Green Supreme Shake is filled with flavor. It has kiwi, avocado, match green tea (yes again!) and coconut.  This is prefect for pre or post workout snacks and for a creamy dessert treat. Versatile indeed!

These Matcha Green Tea Yogurt Parfaits are fun too. They add a bit of sunny fun and brightness to your day.

St. Patricks Day menu. Holiday food

If you cannot get honeydew yet, bookmark this recipe for Honeydew Sherbet Ice Milk for when you can. A refreshing treat!

My recipe for Bacon Guacamole Salsa has some green in it. A great dip for parties…

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We have been enjoying this Toasted Walnut Spinach Pesto on everything…

Homemade baby spinach pesto sauce in a glass with long spoon

Especially on squiggly pasta.

Spiral pasta with homemade spinach pesto sauce

How about a protein packed frittata? This is my Baby Peas and Cheese Frittata recipe. A tasty way to welcome spring. Top with a bunch of micro greens, sunflower sprouts or pea shoots.

Like this…

Healthy egg, cheese and pea frittata in a pan

Spaghetti Squash Sesame Noodles with Edamame is a festive nibble.

Healthy sesame noodles with spaghetti squash in white bowls and chop sticks

Don’t forget to eat your veggies….

Healthy green beans recipe with toasted walnuts and blue cheese

Here is my latest Green Beans with Toasted Walnuts, Quinoa and Blue Cheese recipe. A perfect meatless meal that is great for lunch, brunch, mini meals or a light dinner. Pack it up to go in your lunch box too!

Kale Chips are a fun way to invite healthy green crunch into your day…

For more St. Patrick’s Day inspiration please click over and take a look at my Pinterest board

I’ll be adding pins throughout the day so check back often.

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{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lucy lean March 16, 2012 at 7:40 am

So refreshing to not have to see bright green frosting from food coloring. Happy St Patricks day, LL


2 Marla March 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

Lucy, it is refreshing to post au natural green food :)


3 Rosa March 16, 2012 at 8:00 am

Great recipes! Happy Saint Paddy’s Day.

I really love the salsa and frittata.


Rosa xxx


4 Shawna @ CheekyChicFamily March 16, 2012 at 8:16 am

Green food….what fun. My boys love anything out of the ordinary (and anything they can make a disgusting reference to while eating…snot, worms, slime…etc.)


5 Marla March 16, 2012 at 10:06 am

Shawna, that is hilarious!! Total boys 😉


6 Nancy@acommunaltable March 16, 2012 at 8:30 am

Such a wonderful and creative mix of “green” foods – and I agree with Lucy – a wonderful break from “bright green frosting”!


7 Marla March 16, 2012 at 10:07 am

Thanks Nancy. I always love to share my twists on the other stuff out there :)


8 Natalie (Super Healthy Kids) March 16, 2012 at 8:42 am

Your Pistachio muffins look amazing! Thanks for sharing so many delicious and healthful green recipes!


9 Marla March 16, 2012 at 10:10 am

Natalie, those muffins are really good. Think I need to make them again asap!


10 Erin @ Brownie Bites March 16, 2012 at 8:51 am

Some of my very favorite foods are naturally green! Pistachio, spinach (any green veggie, really), avocado, green tea, honeydew, limes.. yum yum yum!

Sometimes I can’t get past randomly adding green food coloring to something to call it a St. Patrick’s Day treat, but things that exist that way naturally? I’m on board.


11 Marla March 16, 2012 at 10:11 am

Sounds like we are on the same page when it comes to green food Erin! Happy a happy St. Paddy’s Day :)


12 Averie @ Averie Cooks March 16, 2012 at 9:52 am

Wow, what a gorgeous spread! I posted 25 ideas earlier today but my pics include some of my EARLY recipes and they aren’t all so pretty. lol



13 Marla March 16, 2012 at 10:17 am

Averie, I’ll dash over to your blog now to check out your holiday recipes. The older photos are funny huh! Sometimes they just need to show up 😉


14 Donna March 16, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Who needs green beer when you can make these?! Happy St Pat’s to Ye!


15 Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids March 16, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thanks for sharing healthy, delicious green recipes, Marla. They all look perfect for St. Patrick’s Day. Have a super weekend!


16 The Blissful Baker March 16, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Oh! So excited for tomorrow-definitely going to have to try at least a few of these recipes…I’m sure St. Patrick would approve!


17 Traci March 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Marla, I love all of the healthy options!! Thank you so much for posting these. These will be great to try not only on St. Patrick’s Day but during the spring as well!


18 Marla March 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Traci, these recipes will be perfect for spring. Can’t wait to hear what you cook up!


19 Angela March 17, 2012 at 10:56 am

I love everything matcha…


20 Krista March 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

Beautiful post Marla!!! It’s such a great round up of simply fabulous recipes! I hope you had a very lucky day. :)


21 Marla March 17, 2012 at 8:46 pm

Krista, not sure “lucky” but sure HAPPY :) Then again maybe happy = LUCKY. Hope you had a great day too!


22 Jeanette March 17, 2012 at 8:44 pm

Love your healthy roundup of green recipes in celebration of St. Patty’s Day!


23 Kristina Vanni March 18, 2012 at 9:35 am

What a neat and fun way to add a healthy spin to a holiday! Great ideas and festive too!


24 Jennifer March 18, 2012 at 9:57 am

The St Patrick’s Day recipe I just posted definitely wouldn’t make it onto this list…but I love all the healthy options you’re offering up. The squiggly pasta and noodles with edamame look delicious!


25 Esi March 18, 2012 at 11:37 am

Love these healthy recipes and love that they don’t include artificial coloring!


26 aida mollenkamp March 20, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Marla, thanks for sharing a few healthy recipes that still are in the spirit of the holiday!


27 Vera Zecevic – Cupcakes Garden September 10, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Simply perfect. I would really like to showcase this recipe on my cupcake recipes and ideas blog if you agree.


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