4 Healthy + Green Recipes…

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, it’s time for all things green inspired.  Who doesn’t love a holiday that is basically a good reason to have a fun party?  (Raising my hand!)  But as I get my green cheer in order, I always try to keep the celebratory ‘treats’ in line while still enjoying the festivities…everything in moderation, right? So today I’m sharing four of my favorite healthy and green recipes for the upcoming St. Patty’s Day with hopes that it may inspire you to ‘live green’ in a new mindset!

*Fun Entertaining Tip: I always love to add in a theme.  Not just color but take some card stock and make cute names for each of your dishes that tie to the theme…you’ll see my St. Patty ideas below, but merely naming a dish can make the party that much more fun. Throw in some colored tulle from your local fabric store and some shimmering shamrock cut out confetti and green napkins and you’re set for very inexpensive! 

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Lucky Edamame Salad

  • 1 bag of shelled edamame (can find in the freezer section)
  • 1 can of low sodium black beans (rinse and drained)
  • 1 c. frozen corn
  • ½ c. diced red onion
  • ½ c. chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 c. EVOO
  • ¼ cup Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt/Pepper to taste

Make this dish ahead of time (it’s SO much better the next day!) Mix all of the above ingredients together and continue to mix to get the dressing fully on the salad.  I like to serve mine with some hot sauce for an extra kick…but is packed of protein and so good!  

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Shamrock Spinach Dip

  • 12 oz bag of frozen chopped baby spinach (cooked in the microwave and then wrung out of the juices)
  • ½ block of low-fat cream cheese
  • ½ c. low-fat sour cream
  • 4 large chopped artichoke hearts
  • 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • Salt/pepper to taste

So many times people think that ‘dips’ are always unhealthy.  And normally they are…unless you can learn to make it on your own with lower fat ingredients.  Every time I make this dip, people are shocked that it’s ‘healthy’…no, don’t eat the whole bowl, but I love serving these with baked pita chips and truly does taste just like the ‘naughty’ dips you’ll get at restaurants! 

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Leprechaun Treats

This is one recipe that is true creativity with the theme!  Nothing overly fancy here but make healthy eating fun with the green color. On one side of the platter pull together cucumber slices, celery, green peppers, and broccoli.  Whip up a low-fat homemade dressing: buy the powdered mix in the salad dressing aisle and use low fat/nonfat or Greek ingredients for those required for the dip. 

On the other side of the platter, pull together green grapes, kiwi slices, and green apples.  Serve with a basic Greek yogurt dip (I use vanilla flavored) and make it fun by adding in a few drops of green food coloring to keep with the theme!

St. Patty’s Surprise

One of my FAVS (any time of the year)…since most of your guests (and probably you) will want a cocktail, make a healthy twist on a creamy dreamy martini by using Greek yogurt as the basis.  (Stick with me, you’ll thank me later!) 

  • 1 carton low sugar Key Lime Pie flavored Greek yogurt
  • 5oz Diet sparkling lime water
  • Optional: a splash of your favorite vodka or rum to turn it into an ‘adult’ beverage

Shake all of the ingredients above in a cocktail shaker with about 3 ice cubes until chilled.  Serve in a martini glass with a slice of lime on the rim for decoration.  It literally tastes like a slice of pie in a martini glass. You can make it thicker or thinner merely with the amount of sparkling water. 

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