Thursday, March 17, 2016

Recipe(s) of the Week: Minty Vegan St. Patrick's Day Shake & 17 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes That are Worth a Pot of Gold

Minty Vegan St. Patrick's Day Shake

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17 St. Patrick’s Day Recipes That are Worth a Pot of Gold.

Get out your bagpipes and four-leaf clovers, because it’s time to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. This holiday began to honor St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, who dedicated his life to missionary work and spreading Christianity. Today, St. Patrick’s Day also celebrates the history and heritage of Ireland. People wear green, attend parades, and enjoy Irish food and drink.
While many traditional Irish dishes contain meat and dairy, we say St. Patrick’s Day is a great day to celebrate all foods green. That doesn’t mean just salads; after all, it is a holiday. You can eat green and still indulge in delicious, decadent dishes. Take a look at these 12 Vegan Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day and Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes That Will Make Your Guests Green With Envy. We’re talking indulgent goodies like this Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Irish Cakeand this dairy-free St. Patty’s Day Shake.
So, put on your best green outfit and enjoy these 17 St. Patrick’s Day recipes that are worth a pot of gold!

1. Bean Burger with Herb Aioli

Bean Burger With Herb Aioli
Okay, maybe the burger itself isn’t green, but everything else about this Bean Burger with Herb Aioli is. This meaty bean burger is paired with a refreshing and creamy herb aioli that is bright, green, and delicious. Serve this burger on toasted buns with leafy greens, sweet potato fries, and extra sauce on the side, for dipping.

2. Cashew Cream Stuffed Avocado

Cashew Cream Stuffed Avocado
This Cashew Cream Stuffed Avocado looks like the kind of appetizer you might order in a high-end restaurant, but it’s so easy and affordable to make at home. Halved avocados are stuffed with a homemade cashew cream, garnished with chopped nuts and chives, and served with a side of sliced cherry tomatoes. Serve these as an appetizer or light course at your St. Patrick’s Day bash.

3. Mashed Potato Casserole with Broccoli and a Cauliflower Gravy

Mashed Potato Casserole With Broccoli and a Cauliflower Gravy
Did you know it’s a law to serve potatoes on St. Patrick’s Day? Okay, that’s not true, but once you taste this Mashed Potato Casserole with Broccoli and a Cauliflower Gravy, you’ll think it should be. This casserole has a layer of mashed potatoes and beans, then a layer of cauliflower mushroom gravy, then a final layer of minced broccoli. This ultimate comfort food of a casserole is creamy, dreamy, and a must-make on St. Paddy’s Day.

4. Truffled Cream of Broccoli Soup with Croutons

Truffled Cream of Broccoli Soup
Turn a bowl of soup into a lunchtime indulgence with this Truffled Cream of Broccoli Soup with Croutons. Silken tofu is the key to its amazing texture, and a whole pound of fresh broccoli gives it that beautiful green color. The soup is topped with a bit of truffle oil, and a sprinkle of homemade croutons on top adds a savory, satisfying crunch.

5. Raw Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches

Raw Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches
These Raw Mint Chocolate Ice Cream Sandwiches are truly divine. Sweetened avocado-banana ice cream sits atop a chocolatey base of raisins and Brazil nuts, then both layers are then coated with melted chocolate. You can cover the whole thing in chocolate or choose to leave it as a top layer so you can see the pretty green ice cream.

6. Super Green Falafel

Super Green Falafel [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
Middle Eastern food gets an Irish spin with these Super Green Falafel. They’re light, fluffy, and the addition of fresh parsley and mint adds flavor and that bright green color. Also, between the garbanzo beans and quinoa flakes, you have yourself a protein-packed, low-fat meal. Paired with a simple vegan take on a tzatziki sauce, lots of veggies, and avocado, this meal is light, refreshing, and nourishing.

7. Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup with Homemade Croutons and Coconut Bacon

Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup With Homemade Croutons and Coconut Bacon
Can a bowl of soup be indulgent? It can if it’s this Slow-Cooked Split Pea Soup with Homemade Croutons and Coconut Bacon. The split peas and potatoes are cooked in a savory broth, then served with crunchy homemade croutons and smoky coconut bacon. This soup is filling, stick-to-your-ribs, chock full of protein, fiber, and full of flavor. Plus, it’s made in the slow-cooker, so you can spend your time picking out the green outfit you plan to wear.

8. Roasted Garlic, Dill and Chive Bean Dip

Roasted Garlic, Dill, and Chive Bean Dip
Every great party needs a dip, and your St. Patrick’s Day party needs this Roasted Garlic, Dill and Chive Bean Dip. Chickpeas and white beans are a fantastic neutral-tasting base for roasted garlic, chive, and the distinct taste of dill. Packed with flavor and protein, this dip is perfect for crusty breads like sourdough or French baguettes.

9. Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie Bowl

Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie Bowl [Vegan, Gluten-Free]
Pumpkin pie isn’t normally green, but it is on St. Patrick’s Day! This Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie Bowl is filled with all good things like pumpkin, bananas, apples, coconut cream, and warm spices. Spirulina, matcha, super greens powder, and spinach give it nutrition and that green color. Top it with your favorite nuts, seeds, and berries for the perfect smoothie bowl.

10. Matcha Green Tea and Mint Cheesecake

Matcha Green Tea and Mint Cheesecake
This stunning Matcha Green Tea and Mint Cheesecake is so indulgent and decadent, you’ll never believe it’s healthy. It combines the refreshing flavors of green tea and mint with a hint of chocolate. It also contains spinach, but no one will ever guess that. Completely raw and vegan, everyone will only taste deliciousness.

11. Raw Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Pie

Raw Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Pie
Everyone will be chirping with joy when they taste this Raw Chocolate Mint Grasshopper Pie. The crust is made with dates and nuts, and the filling is made with cashews, spirulina, and mint. No one has to know that it’s non-dairy, but you probably won’t be able to stop yourself from bragging about that.

12. Garlicky Kale and Creamy Avocado Dip

Garlicky Kale and Creamy Avocado Dip
This Garlicky Kale and Creamy Avocado Dip is the perfect thing to serve at your St. Patrick’s Day party! The kale is sautéed with garlic, then blended up with avocado to create the perfect balance of textures. Serve this dip with pita chips, raw vegetables, and bread – or use it as a sandwich spread!

13. Creamy Avocado Pasta with Cherry Tomatoes

Creamy Avocado Pasta With Cherry Tomatoes
Does anything avocado make your heart pitter-patter? Then this incredibly creamy, easy, and quick Creamy Avocado Pasta is the meal for you! You only need a few simple ingredients and less than 15 minutes to whip up this delightful meal. Not only is it incredibly satisfying and highly shareable, but it also makes a great lunch or dinner for St. Patrick’s Day.

14. Green Goddess Griller

Green Goddess Griller
Your tastebuds won’t know what hit them when you treat yourself to one of these amazingGreen Goddess Griller sandwiches! Nutty pesto, creamy avocado, and melty vegan cheese come together between two pieces of bread to create the grilled sandwich of your dreams.

15. Naturally Delicious Key Lime Pie

Naturally Delicious Key Lime Pie
Finally, you can eat your cake pie and have it, too. This Naturally Delicious Key Lime Pie is just as decadently rich as its original version. It has the right amount of sweetness and tanginess. It even has the irresistible, melt-in-your-mouth texture. And forget graham crackers, butter, and sugar, because the coconut-date pie crust is the ultimate winner.

16. The Ultimate Guacamole

The Ultimate Guacamole
You can’t have a party without guacamole, and this is The Ultimate Guacamole. Creamy avocado, red onion, tomatoes, and spices make this the best recipe for guacamole you’ll ever have. Serve this amazing guac with pita chips and fresh vegetables, or enjoy it in wrap form. With such delicious flavors and versatility, the possibilities are endless!

17. The Perfect Vegetable Pesto Pizza

Pesto Pizza
Presenting the Perfect Vegetable Pesto Pizza! Whether it’s the effortlessness of the recipe, the pizza’s colorful appearance, or the flavors from the variety of fresh produce and homemade pesto, there are so many reasons to make this pizza. Having green pizza on St. Patrick’s Day is the best reason of all.
It’s so easy being green when you have amazing recipes like these. Enjoy them all because remember, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!