10 ‘Green-Forward’ Recipes to Honour St. Paddy’s Day!

March 16, 2023

By Anna Varriano

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! I thought I would acknowledge it by sharing 10 recipes that celebrate the power of green! In no particular order, here are some of my favourites. I hope you’ll give them a try! Just click on the recipe title to get to the recipe.  Taitneamh a bhaint as do chuid béile! (Time for a Google translate from Gaelic to English!)

1. Greens & Feta Cheese Quiche with an Almond Crust

This delicious recipe is great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. You will not believe how good this wheat-free crust is! It freezes beautifully either whole or in individual slices, which would make it a great ‘grab-and-go’ meal. My recipe is adapted from a ‘Heal Thyself’ recipe.


2. Fiddlehead Ginger Soup

It will be fiddlehead season soon! They are delicious and packed with vitamins, minerals (especially iron), and antioxidants. I have had enjoyed them steamed and then tossed in butter and salt, sauteed in garlic and olive oil, pickled, in tempura, and so many other ways. If I had to pick a veggie that they most resemble in terms of taste and texture, I’d say asparagus … sort of! Anyway, one of my favourite ways to enjoy fiddleheads is in this delicious soup.

3. Kale and Sweet Potato Casserole

This recipe incorporates two of the most nutrient-packed veggies into one delicious casserole! Kale and sweet potatoes are loaded with fibre and nutrients that offer numerous health benefits, including modulating our immune and inflammatory responses, which are critical to overall health. This recipe serves 6-8 as a side dish and can be prepared a day or two in advance. Enjoy!

4. Cilantro-Lime-Jalapeno-Garlic Dressing/Dip

If you like cilantro, you’ll love this dressing/dip that can be used in so many ways. The recipe makes a very generous cup, and it keeps well in the fridge for up to a week.  By the way, cilantro isn’t just delicious – it also delivers significant  health-boosting actions. Cilantro is touted as having potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It also has significant chelating properties, which means it can bind to heavy metals that can then be eliminated through the body’s regular excretory channels. Cilantro is often used in heavy metal detox protocols and has been cited to have a particularly strong affinity for mercury.

5. Guacamole

Avocados offer some pretty amazing health benefits. They’re loaded with antioxidants, as well as healthy fats that promote heart health and fight inflammation. Guacamole is a delicious way to enjoy all the health benefits of avocados. This recipe is quick and easy…and includes a tip for preventing your left over guacamole from turning brown!

6. Stuffed Zucchini

I especially love this recipe when I have zucchini coming out of my ears from my veggie garden. You can use whatever veggies and other ingredients you like for the stuffing – no need to stick to what I’ve used. Just make sure you use something that will hold the filling together. I used an egg and cheese. You can freeze these once they’re stuffed/before you bake them.

7. Delicious Green Smoothie

Quick, delicious, refreshing and nutritious! Really! If you’re looking for something quick and refreshing, this green smoothie will hit the spot. Sometimes I make individual frozen packets of the ingredients so they are ready to go!


8. My Favourite Salad Dressing

Everyone LOVES this dressing, so I guess it’s not just ‘my’ favourite! It will last a good week or so in the fridge (you can also freeze it), so feel free to double or triple the recipe. I typically use it on green salads, but it is also delicious drizzled on cooked veggies.


9. Presto! Make your own Pesto!

I love basil … and all the other ingredients that go into making this delicious pesto. I particularly love making this recipe when my garden is overflowing with basil. Most people use pesto as a pasta ‘sauce’; however, it’s also great on fish, chicken, and veggies, and it’s a yummy addition to wraps, salad dressings, and dip. This recipe is easy and so delicious and can be doubled, tripled, quadruples …. you get the picture. It freezes beautifully in lined ice cube or muffin trays.

10. Broccoli Salad

This broccoli salad is packed with nutrient-dense foods and makes a great side at any time of year. Use pomegranate seeds, diced red bell pepper, or dried cranberries instead of (or in addition to) the raisins for a festive look! Enjoy!



If you’re still hungry for more interesting info regarding the health-boosting powers of greens, including veggies, herbs, teas, and green supplements, check out my St Paddy’s Day Video below … and if you just have to have that green beer, I share a way you can turn it green naturally! Sláinte! (Time for Google translate again!)


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