Eat Green this St. Patrick's Day ☘️

Eat Green this St. Patrick's Day ☘️

March 17, 2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  In honour, I have provided three of my favourite green recipes, none of which have any food dye!  These recipes are packed with spinach which boosts the fibre content of the dish, is a great source of Vitamin K and gives it a vibrant green colour.  What type of sandwiches should you serve on St. Patrick’s Day?  Paddy melts! 😀

Sweet Spinach Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup 2% milk
  • ½ cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 large banana
  • 6 oz raw spinach
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F and grease a muffin tray or line it with liners.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  3. Heat the butter just until melted.
  4. Using a blender or food processor, blend the spinach, banana, honey/maple syrup, milk, egg, vanilla and melted butter until completely pureed.
  5. Add the puree to the dry ingredients and mix together until combined (do not overmix).
  6. Spoon the batter into the muffin tray and bake for 18-22 minutes, until the muffins are firm on top but not browning.
  7. Let cool and enjoy!

Green Mac and Cheese

Green Goddess Mac and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound elbow macaroni (or any other pasta shape of your choosing)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups broccoli florets, chopped
  • 1 cup peas
  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Cook pasta for 3 minutes less than package directions. Reserve half a cup of pasta water before straining.
  3. Place the milk and spinach in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
  4. In a large pot over medium heat melt the butter. Add the flour and whisk for 2-3 minutes.  Slowly whisk in the milk mixture and bring to a boil.
  5. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow sauce to thicken, stirring occasionally.
  6. Add reserved pasta water and cheese and whisk until melted. Stir in the pasta, salt, broccoli and peas.
  7. Transfer to a baking dish and bake for 20 minutes, until cheese is bubbling and pasta has set.
  8. Enjoy!

Green Hummus

Ingredients:

  • 1 15 oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 cup raw spinach
  • ½ cup fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chives, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a blender or food processor combine the chickpeas, lime juice, garlic and 1/3 cup water and blend until smooth.
  2. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until just combined.
  4. Chill until ready to serve and enjoy!

All recipes inspired and adapted from Super Healthy Kids, Weelicious and Forks Over Knives.

Eat well, be well

Emma Minden, Registered Dietitian, Wholesome GO