Meatless Recipes for St Patrick's Day

by - Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Every week we are exploring vegetarian meals for meat eaters. Cooking with seasonal vegetables can seem really limiting at first, but the possibilities are endless. And it is worth it. Just cutting one day of meat eating out of our diet can keep thousands of pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere a year. No seriously, it's that big a deal. Plus, it's a great opportunity to have some new adventures and try new things. Just another way to take care of the planet AND make life a little bit better! 

fruit salad shaped like a rainbow

Happy St. Patrick's Day! This holiday has never been my jam, but I love a theme, so let's do this. Most people think of St. Patrick's Irish food as meat and potatoes, but what if you want to celebrate without meat? Or just center your celebration around plants? We did a St. Pat's party a few years ago and had a rainbow salad, and it was fun, but not exactly filling. I found so many options that would be so fun and hearty, your meat eaters wouldn't miss their usual staple. Where to start?

Green food!

So much delicious green stuff to look at, so let's get started.

minty pea salad
from Budget Bytes

When I think green, I think peas. Peas are the most delicious of all vegetables, and they can do so many things. I looked up pea salad and WOW- so many choices, so many mayo salads. My favorite is this mint and pea salad from Budget Bytes. Does that not look SOOO good?

pesto pasta salad
from Garnish with Lemon
We had a St. Patrick's party once (for kids, not the exciting kind) and served pesto pasta salad for it's greeness. Not so much Irish. But, it was a big hit, and I think it may have been this exact recipe from Garnish with Lemon.

avocado toast
from Fitness Food Diva
Want to be hipster Irish? How about some avocado toast? There are a million iterations of this, but you can basically count on that toast to look green. I want to eat this toast from Fitness Food Diva. Come on, it's a fun twist too. Put your leprachauns in hipster glasses. They already have the beards!

avocado deviled eggs
from To Simply Inspire
For something that feels a little less fussy, I think To Simply Inspire's deviled eggs with avocado filling are pretty genius.
vegetarian shephard's pie
from Minimalist Baker
If you want to do something a little more Irish, you can find lots of shepherd's pies with vegetarian and mostly green filling. I think this one from Minimalist Baker looks relatively simple (an hour to make) while still being super delicious.

green macaroni and cheese
from Six Sisters' Stuff
I love this green mac n cheese from Six Sisters' Stuff. You know, your kid would either love of hate this, but I am excited about the idea.

green pea soup
from Abbey's Kitchen
You could also go for a pea soup to really get your green. This one from Abbey's Kitchen is now my favorite, what's yours? 

meatless monday st patrick's day meals vegetarian recipe ideas

What do you like to eat for St. Patrick's Day? What's your favorite green dinner? Having any luck making less meaty food?

Want more vegetarian recipes to try? Awesome! Adding more meatless meals to your diet is such a fun challenge and you can discover so many things you like. Check out this page for all of the Meatless Monday Recipe Round Ups!

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