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St. Patrick's Day food challenge and recipe ideas

Person preparing spinach
Just had a brainstorm: Let's celebrate St. Patrick's Day by including something green in every meal -- and I'm not talking about green bagels, green beer or green M&Ms.
  • Throw some spinach in your morning omelet
  • Eat a big salad with some healthy protein
  • Dip celery sticks into hummus, guacamole or peanut butter for a snack
  • Saute some rappini at dinner (but don't be surprised if your kid says there's "something awful" in his dinner; that's what I heard last night)
  • Drink green tea -- it's super healthy

If you want to try your hand at some authentic Irish dishes that skew healthy, check out THIS post where  I round up a bunch of Weight Watchers Irish dishes from all over the world.

And here's one of my favorite green recipes -- spinach hummus, which I got from Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy written by Elizabeth Somer (I've added more spinach and it comes out great and greener!):

Elizabeth Somer's Spinach Hummus
  • 1 16-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup raw sesame tahini
  • 3 to 4 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 /2 tsp. light soy sauce
  • Dash of ground cumin
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves, washed and patted dry

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Add water, if needed, a tablespoon at a time until the desired consistency is reached. Serve with toasted pita bread wedges, whole-grain crackers, or as a dip for fresh vegetables.

Makes 5 servings, 1/3 cup each.