When we think of St. Patrick’s Day, we think of not only Jameson, Guinness, and a little more Jameson, but we also think of delicious Irish cuisine. Whether it’s a boxty, a heaping portion of bangers and mash, coddle, or colcannon, you can rest assured that St. Paddy’s Day menus will include potatoes in one form or another and some rich meat. Hearty, filling meals and a Smithwick’s or two don’t necessarily result in a low-carb meal, but we’ve found a few ways to sneak leafy greens into traditional Irish cuisine.
In addition to a Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe that replaces the cabbage with Brussels sprouts (courtesy of Raleigh’s Faire) and a colcannon recipe that includes plenty of green cabbage and powerfully nutritious parsley, we also have a wide selection of other, non-traditional green fare that passes the nutrition test. From shakes with kale and almond butter to spinach and banana breakfast treats, you can’t go wrong with the leafy-green goodness of the following recipes.
Oh, by the way: Before we get started, we wanted to share with you two ways to dye your beer green with healthy ingredients. Rene Ficek, Registered Dietitian and Lead Dietitian Nutritionist at Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating, suggests using spirulina or wheatgrass to turn your beer green the healthy way.
“This algae [spirulina] is harvested, dried, and often put into powdered form, where it can be added to smoothies, soups, baked goods, or even beer,” says Ficek. “It is a rare vegetarian source of complete protein and contains a multitude of vitamins and nutrients, including all B vitamins, iron, and beta-carotene. With its deep green color, it'll look just as festive as the fake stuff. There are even home-brewing methods for making spirulina beer (but you’d need to get a jump on that well before the holiday). Still, you can add ¼ to ½ a teaspoon to a beer and watch it turn green.”
Wheatgrass, the “concentrated juice of the wheatgrass plant, is known for its deep, muddy-green appearance as well as its nutrient- and mineral-rich contents and distinctively musky taste. In its concentrated powder form, it can work nicely as a coloring agent as well. For a [pint] of beer, add 1 tablespoon of wheatgrass juice to the glass, pour in the beer, and stir. As an added bonus, adding these natural green superfoods to your beer may help prevent a hangover the next day. A win-win!”
Armed with your healthier green beer, it’s time to tackle one (or more) of the following 13 Recipes With Leafy Greens for Healthy, Green St. Paddy's Day. Sláinte!