Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all my fellow Irish peeps and those who are Irish for the day. After running a St. Patty’s Day themed 5k on Sunday, or course I was rungry. And how could we not celebrate the holiday with delicious food?! That doesn’t mean that delicious food can’t be healthy.

So here are some healthy recipes to enjoy for St. Patrick’s Day.

Green Eggs and Ham

Photo: Kalyns Kitchen
Photo: Kalyns Kitchen

Best way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day is with some green food, and the first think this bookworm thinks of when thinking about green food is green eggs and ham from the Dr. Seuss classic. This Green Eggs and Ham recipe is a scrambled eggs with ham and kale dish. To make, wash and chop kale. Beat eggs and also chop ham (or any meat or non-meat substitute)  into small cubes and sauté , adding in the kale. Add the eggs and some salt and pepper and stir as it’s cooking.

Brown Soda Bread

Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Pam Morris
Photo: Jonny Valiant; Styling: Pam Morris

Irish Soda Bread is a St. Patrick’s Day staple. But this Brown Soda Bread recipe takes a healthier spin on the classic by using whole-wheat flour and oats. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F and line a pan with parchment paper and cooking spray. Combine 1 tbsp. of wheat germ, 1 tsp. of baking soda, 1 tsp. of baking powder and 1/2 tsp. of salt in a bowl and then add in 2 cups of low-fat buttermilk and 1 large egg. Stir and pour into pan, baking it for about an hour. Slice and serve!

Leprechaun Lunch

Meet The Dubiens
Meet The Dubiens

This is probably the most adorable lunch I’ve ever seen. Leprechaun Lunch is perfect for kids’ school lunch, party finger food for adults or even just for you because you are awesome. It consists of a chicken sandwich cut into a circle. Use grilled chicken and whole wheat bread to be healthy. I will make mine with a veggie patty. Put baby carrots as the beard and hair and cut a slice of green apple for the hat. to go on the side, this blogger used vanilla yogurt with a rainbow candy (or you could use skittles or M&Ms) and a small cup of bananas for golden coins.

Colcannon

Photo: Clean Green Simple
Photo: Clean Green Simple

A healthier take on the traditional Irish side, this Colcannon recipe doesn’t call for butter, it’s vegan, low aft and sugar free, and there’s kale! Boil a pot of water and add in 6 large  peeled and cut potatoes, cooking until soft. Saute onions until brown and add in kale and garlic. Blend or put kale and onions in a food processor. Then blend in to the potatoes with 1 tsp of oil and 1 cup of soy, almond or whatever milk you desire with a hand mixer. Add in kale mixture, stir and serve!

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie Recipe

Glue and Glitter
Glue and Glitter

Shepherd’s pie! How could we not include it, especially since yesterday was pie day. The recipe for for vegans and is healthier take on the classic comfort food since there is veggies like mushrooms.To make Vegan Shepherd’s Pie, cook potatoes and mash them, adding 1/3 cup of soy, almond or regular milk, 2 tblsp. margarine and pepper. Saute 1 block of cubed tofu with 8 oz. of mushrooms in olive oil, and then add in 1 cup of veggie broth and 1 cup peas and carrots. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. In a baking dish, add the potatoes to half the tofu mushroom mix and then add the other half on top on potatoes. Sprinkle 1/4 cup of nutritional yeast on top and bake for 20 minutes and serve!

Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats

Okay, so it’s not the heartiest, but I am a girl all about balance. This foodie believes in treats in moderation. So when I came across this fun and festive recipe how could I resist?  At least there is no marshmallows and butter, while still staying gooey and chewy. The recipe calls for corn syrup, but instead you can substitute it by heating 1 cup of cane sugar and 1/4 cup of water on a low flame. Cool it and then use directly in recipe. You can also use brown sugar cup for cup as another alternative.

Photo: Hoosier Homemade
Photo: Hoosier Homemade

To make Rainbow Rice Krispie Treats, combine one cup of corn syrup or alternative and 1 cup of sugar into a saucepan on low fat until it boils. Then add in 1 cup of peanut butter (yes, this recipe features peanut butter!), and stir. Then add in 6 cups of Fruity Pebbles. Add the mix into a pan and press down so that the mix is even. Give it some time to set, and then cut and serve!

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