7 Lucky Green Recipes for St. Paddy’s Day

May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, 

May good luck pursue you each morning and night.
~ Irish blessing

To help keep your heart light, we have the lucky number seven green recipes for you to whip up this St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll be joining the more than a third of your fellow Americans who make a special meal for this most green of special days. These are all so good, even St. Patty himself will be green with envy.
 
1. Matcha Green Tea Coconut Pancakes
 
Matcha Pancakes for St. Patty's Day

Start your lucky day with these little stacks of green goodness flavored with Matcha Green Tea topped with yogurt, black beans, pistachios and honey. Not only are these pancakes moist and fragrant, they will keep you full and satisfied until lunch!

Hats off to our friends at the Healthy Foodie Blog for this delish dish.
 
2. Super Food Shamrock Smoothie

Shamrock Smoothie for St. Patty's Day
 
If you didn’t eat enough pancakes to hold you until lunch, here’s a super-easy, super-food smoothie that’s super good. Packed with antioxidants, this kale-and-cocoa-nibs smoothie tastes like a thin mint and is a good detox for what ails you post-Paddy’s Day, if you know what we mean.
 
Many thanks to Kara Lydon at the Foodie Dietician Blog.
 
3. Zucchini Noodles with Pesto
Pesto Pasta for St. Patty's

Have a bright green meal in less than 15 minutes with a few simple ingredients. You don’t even have to cook it unless you need something hot. If you have other things to do on St. Paddy’s Day (we know you do), you can even use a good store-bought pesto from Akins.
 
Big nod to our friends at Two Peas and Their Pod for this one!
 

4. Minted Pea Mash
Minted Pea Mash for St. Patty's Day

This side dish is a quick way to get a bright shamrock green dish on your table that’s just as green for your body (without the food coloring side effects!). Try it with roasted chicken, or as a topping for crostini if you lean to vegan.
 
Hats off to the team at Martha Stewart for this minted goodness!
 
5. Green Chili and Tomatillo Corn Bread

Green Chili Corn Bread for St. Patty's

Even your bread should go green on St. Patrick’s Day! Yes, its origins are not quite Irish, but a little international flavor can liven any table. Especially when you smother this sweet wonderfulness in green pepper jelly. Faith and begorra, this is good!

An Irish tip o’ the hat to the Tasting Table Test Kitchen for this addictive Tex-Mex creation!
 
6. Vegan Avocado and Banana Soft Serve Ice Cream with Pistachios

Avocado Ice Cream for St. Patty's

This luscious dessert is creamy, sweet and delicious, and super green to boot! Who knew that avocados and frozen bananas, along with a few other simple ingredients, could blend together and taste like ice cream??? 
 
A 21-spoon salute to our vegan friends at Divine Healthy Food for this frozen confection!
 
7. Low-Cal Cocktail Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

St. Patty's Themed Drinks

Be it vodka or tequila, whiskey or champagne, these 14 green drinks will be easier on your waist and your wallet this St. Paddy’s Day. And don’t forget the Super Food Shamrock Smoothie if you have them all. Sláinte!
 
Cheers to our friends at SHAPE for these low-cal concoctions!
 
Ready to get cookin? Grab healthy, quality ingredients at your local Akin's Store.
 
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