Healthy greens for St. Patrick’s Day

Healthy greens for St. Patrick’s Day

We celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by wearing green. This year, extend the celebration to your meals by whipping up emerald-hued dishes that are festive and nutritious.

Begin your day with a bit of healthy whimsy, green eggs and ham — the meal, not the Dr. Seuss book. Combine three eggs, one cup of kale and one teaspoon of milk in a blender. Blend until the kale is pureed. Heat a small pat of butter in a frying pan over medium heat. Once the butter melts, add the egg mixture and begin to scramble. Cook until the eggs are done. Kale provides nutrition and a green hue to the scrambled eggs. Serve with ham, of course.

Continue celebrating at lunch with a twist on a favorite dish: mac and cheese. How do you add green into this classic comfort food? Avocado! Put avocado, lime juice and milk into a food processor or blender. Puree until fully blended. On the stove, cook whole-wheat macaroni as instructed on the box. With the pot on medium heat, pour the avocado sauce over the macaroni. Add pepper jack cheese and mix well until it melts. It’s a decadent lunch with major health benefits.

Two meals down, one to go.

Finish off your green St. Patrick’s Day at dinner with stuffed green peppers. Slice the top off the peppers, and then remove the core and seeds. Stuff the peppers with cooked quinoa, chicken, mushrooms and spinach. Place the peppers on a baking dish, cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes. It’s a healthy meal that’s sure to impress any dinner guests who drop by to celebrate the holiday.

By adding various shades of green to your meals this St. Patrick’s Day, you’ll feel great and still channel the luck of the Irish.

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