The weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer, and St. Patrick’s day is right around the corner! This holiday brings about green colored everything, and occasionally some not-so-healthy menu items. Celebrate this year with the St. Paddy’s inspired recipes featured this week! Taking a healthy twist on a traditional holiday accompaniment, the colorful Sweet Green Slaw is flavored with a slightly sweet Greek yogurt dressing, and is tossed with tasty golden raisins, sliced almonds and green apples – it is sure to brighten up any meal! Squeeze in a little more green and finish off the meal with delicious, warm Maple Baked Pears – topped with a maple yogurt drizzle & walnuts.
While cabbage is traditionally served with corned beef on St. Paddy’s, try this slightly healthier, greener take on the dish. The sliced almonds in this recipe not only give it an added crunch, they add a delicious lean source of protein to the mix! Top this slaw with another handful of almonds for a more satiating dish, or serve it up as a healthy side.
Corned beef and cabbage are often thought to be traditional St. Patrick’s day recipes from Ireland, but did you know they actually originated in the United States? Irish immigrants opted for more affordable options instead of their traditional pork and potatoes, and the dish has been around ever since!
Cabbage and kale are both part of the brassica family. While they come in different shades, these beautiful greens deliver many of the same benefits. Each are packed with vitamin K, a nutrient needed for proper blood clotting and to support adequate bone health. Both also come rich in vitamin C, an important vitamin to boost our immune system! Brassicas like cabbage and kale are also full of beneficial phytochemicals, including the sulfur-containing phytochemicals glucosinolates and s-methyl cysteine sulfoxide, which have been shown to have anticarcinogenic properties. Consuming adequate amounts of these leafy greens may help to prevent chronic diseases, like cancer and heart disease.
Keep the spirit going and add the scrumptious Maple Baked Pears to your dessert menu! Pears are naturally sweet, this sweetness comes out even more when baked. Warm spices, like cinnamon, can further enhance their flavor. Pears are packed with fiber, specifically the soluble fiber pectin. Soluble fiber helps to regulate blood sugar levels and can lower cholesterol. This type of fiber helps to slow digestion – keeping us fuller, longer.
Don’t just toss on a green shirt this March – turn up your St. Patrick’s celebration and try out these appetizing and festive recipes!
Sweet Green Slaw
1 head green cabbage, shredded
3 cup kale, chopped
2 Granny Smith apples, cut into matchsticks
4 scallions, sliced thin
4 carrots, shredded
2/3 cup sliced almonds
2/3 cup raisins, golden or dark
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. honey
1. Combine slaw ingredients in a large bowl and mix together.
2. In a small bowl, mix together yogurt, mustard, vinegar, and honey.
3. Pour dressing over slaw ingredients and mix to coat.
Maple Baked Pears
2 green pears
2 tsp. + 1 tbsp. maple syrup
1 tsp. cinnamon
4 tbsp. walnuts, chopped
3 tbsp. vanilla yogurt
1. Preheat oven to 350°.
2. Cut pears in half and scoop out seeds with a spoon.
3. Place pears on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment.
4. Fill the insides of the pears with the chopped walnuts and drizzle with 1 tsp of maple syrup and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. cinnamon on each half.
5. Bake for 25 minutes.
6. In the meantime, mix together the yogurt and the remaining 1 tbsp. of maple syrup.
7. Once the pears are finished baking, drizzle with the yogurt.