St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and with it comes an opportunity to enjoy some of the best of traditional Irish fare…but with a healthy whole food plant-based twist. Whether you want a change from the same cabbage and corned beef or your meals are meatless more often than not for whatever reason, check out a round-up of some of the tastiest recipes on the Web for this special holiday that celebrates Irish culture and lore.
As with any other holiday, St. Pat’s Day need not spell a dieting derailment. It’s the middle of March and you have already survived Super Bowl Sunday and Marti Gras, and you can continue to hold fast to your New Year’s resolution!
Just in the news — ripped from the headlines, as they say, yet another study confirming that, at the very least, cutting consumption of red meat is a good idea — not only to save on calories, saturated fat and cholesterol, but yes, to reduce a measurable mortality rate. According to the new study from Harvard University, and published in the Archives of Internal Medicine which tracked more than 100,000 participants for 28 years, the conclusion was that cutting red meat to no more than 1.5 ounces a day — roughly 10 ounces a week — could prevent roughly 1 in 10 early deaths in men and 1 in 13 in women.
So let’s tackle St. Patrick’s Day without the corned beef or any other rich foods that threaten our health and our waistlines. All it takes is replacing the indulgent ingredients with lighter, healthy, flavorful plant-based foods according to your weight loss goals and/or your health concerns such as food allergies.
Here’s a roundup for our roundup of recipes…for “going Green” recipes — in the Irish way and the Eco way — Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie, Potato Pancakes Over Baby Greens, and Whole Grain Irish Soda Bread are among the selections. [Women’s Health Mag]
How about Guinness and Chlorella Braised Cabbage?! Sounds delightful! [Blisstree]
Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew…with two cooking options; stove top or crock pot. [Fat Free Vegan].
Here are 5 more meatless recipes for the very green holiday, including Vegan Colcannon and Vegan Irish Stew. [care2.com].
Watch as the cooking duo Chef AJ and Julieanna Hever, the Plant-Based Dietitian and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Plant-Based Nutrition, enliven the green holiday with spinach soup. Along with showing you how to prepare the soup, they share some of the exciting health benefits of spinach; not only is it loaded with phytonutrients and antioxidants, but it also has omega 3 fatty acids and nearly half of the calories come from protein. A quick comparison; 100 calories of steak has 5.4 grams of protein versus 100 calories of cooked spinach, 12.2 grams! Check out the very green and healthy recipe below!
Skinny Bliss readers let us know what St. Patrick’s Day vegan recipes with plant-based ingredients and swaps you have found and would like to share!