Get creative this St. Patrick’s Day and enjoy a plant-based menu that’s great-tasting and healthy to boot. We’ve put together a mix of both traditional Irish recipes, as well as some that feature the popular St. Patrick’s Day color—green!  

Irish White Bean and Cabbage Stew

Loaded with basic ingredients like cabbage, potatoes, barley, and white beans, this classic Irish stew is seriously delicious—a healthy, filling meal all on its own.

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Split Pea and Cauliflower Soup

Split pea soup traditionally gets its flavor from ham bones, but in this plant-based version a well-chosen mix of spices gives all the flavor you need.

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Lentil Shepherd's Pie with Rustic Parsnip Crust

The meaty texture of lentils make them an ideal filling for a vegan shepherd’s pie. Be sure to make plenty, as it’s even better the next day!

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Roasted Red Potatoes and Cabbage

In this comforting side dish, wedges of cabbage and red potatoes are roasted with a mix of oregano, chili powder, lemon, and black pepper. Top it all off with a drizzle of creamy Cilantro-Cashew Dressing.

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Emerald Hummus Dip with Fresh Herbs

This spinach and herb hummus is as easy as it is green. Serve with dippers like toasted tortilla chips and veggie sticks. For extra wow this St. Patrick’s Day choose all green veggies for dippers, such as cucumber, green bell pepper, asparagus, and snow peas.

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Green Goddess Dip

This base for this luscious green dip is zucchini, so there is a lightness to it that’s really appealing when you feel like an alternative to bean-based hummus.

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Green Pea Hummus with Fresh Mint

Brighten up the color and flavor of simple chickpea hummus with sweet green peas and fresh mint in this 15-minute healthy vegan hummus recipe.

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Manna Quinoa Breakfast Bowl

In this ultimate green-themed breakfast, kiwifruit is blended with wheatgrass and kale for tangy-sweet flavor, then the mixture is topped with quinoa, fresh fruit, and seeds.

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Cream of Broccoli Soup

The addition of one small potato makes this broccoli soup creamy and thick. Thanks, potato—you’ve done it again!

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Veggie Wraps with Herbed Hummus

Gorgeously green and packed with flavor, these wraps use steamed collard greens for the outside and are stuffed with a bounty of raw veggies, avocado, and Herbed Hummus.

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Herbed Hummus

With fresh basil, tarragon, parsley, and chives, herbs are the name of the game in this exquisite hummus.

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Potato Pancakes

These crispy, gluten-free potato and zucchini pancakes are baked, not fried, and would make a great St. Patrick’s Day brunch or lunch.

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Herbed Fingerling Potatoes

One of the tricks to cooking great-tasting food without oil is learning new cooking methods. In this recipe, all the cooking is done on the stovetop, yet it seems like the potatoes have been roasted in oil.

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Vegan Mashed Potatoes

Adding garlic powder and granulated onion to potatoes when you boil them gives these creamy mashed spuds a punch of flavor. No butter required.

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Green Pea Guacamole

For a low-fat, avocado-free guacamole, try this tasty blend of frozen green peas and classic add-ins like fresh garlic, lime, cilantro, cumin, and hot sauce.

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Spinach-Potato Tacos

One of the best parts of understanding the health benefits of a whole-food plant based diet is that you stop freaking out about carbs and can enjoy tasty carb-on-carb meals like these potato tacos.

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Chickpea Avocado Salad

Serve chickpeas, avocado, lime juice, cilantro, and red onion on a bed of greens for a fresh-tasting and satisfying green salad.

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Pesto Pasta with White Beans

Basil Pesto adds a pleasing sheen of green to whole grain noodles and beans. This dish takes about as long to put together as it takes to cook the pasta!

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Pizza with Creamed Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Red Onion, and Olives

The creamy tofu-based spinach filling in this scrumptious pizza is right on point for a green-themed St Patrick’s Day menu. Serve it up and watch it go!

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Creamy Brussels Sprouts with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

In this masterful side dish, Brussels sprouts are simmered in a garlicky broth then dressed with a tangy cheese sauce made from nutritional yeast and mustard. Finely chopped sun-dried tomatoes add a pop of color and flavor.

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Lisa Esile, MS

Lisa Esile is an author, illustrator, blogger, vegetable gardener, and whole-food enthusiast with a special fondness for potatoes. She has a master’s degree in human nutrition and is passionate about showing people how to live happier, healthier lives. Lisa is the author of Reach your Big Calm and the co-author of Whose Mind Is It Anyway?.

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