If anyone knows
eating green food, it should be vegans. On a healthy vegan diet, you might eat more green foods in a day than most people get in a week. It's part of why a vegan diet is so good for you — but don't think that means we don't like to party, either. Contrary to a question I often get, there's nothing about a vegan diet that says you can't drink or otherwise be hedonistic, which is why these vegan St. Patrick's Day recipe ideas are a perfect combination of what we love: eating green, and celebrating life.
Whether you'd like all your
food green this St. Patrick's Day, or you'd like to pay homage to classic Irish dishes, I've got you covered. While Irish food isn't exactly known for being vegan-friendly (they invented the meat and potatoes diet, after all), as you'll see below, any classic Irish dish can be made vegan.
Even better, if you start the day off with some of these
healthy green recipes and keep eating your greens throughout the day, you'll be getting the vitamins you need to help you fight a hangover in advance. That said, not all these recipes are healthy — some of them are just plain awesome drunk food. I mean, what fun would St. Patrick's Day be without something deliciously sweet or savory to eat at 3 a.m.?
Super Green Smoothie Bowl
Start your St. Patrick’s Day out on a healthy and green note with this lovely smoothie bowl by
Minimalist Baker. You’re going to need all the vitamins you can get if you’re planning on a night of drinking.
Green Monster Overnight Oats
I mean, just imagine giving this to someone who you know gets super-into St. Patty’s Day as a present in the morning. Hilarious. This recipe by
Oh She Glows is tastier than it looks — promise.
These "healthy" pancakes by
Daiya Foods happen to look cool as hell for St. Patrick's Day.
Iced Vanilla Bean Matcha Latte
A delicious and green way to get your caffeine in the morning, save five bucks on that matcha latte and make it at home using this
Oh She Glows recipe.
Pumpkin Pie Green Smoothie
Another sexy green number by
Minimalist Baker, this filling smoothie will celebrate both St. Patrick’s Day and the fact that it can always be pumpkin spice latte season, if you believe.
Peppermint Patty Green Monster
This smoothie by
Oh She Glows is made just for St. Patrick’s Day, and tastes as good as it looks.
A potato-based Irish classic, these puffs by
Fat Free Vegan Kitchen make for a great appetizer — and drunk food.
Spicy Spinach Shamrock Crackers
If you really want to go for it in holiday spirit, make these sneakily-healthy crackers by
Oh She Glows.
St. Patrick’s Day is all about the beer, so try this
Connoisseurus Veg recipe, which uses cashews and lots of spices for that cheesy flavor — as well as tempeh bacon. Yum.
If you’re having people over, this spicy green chili queso dip by
Minimalist Baker won’t disappoint.
Green Gouda Goddess Grilled Cheese
Why not make your own green grilled cheese with this recipe from
The Best Damn Mashed Potatoes
If you want to keep it classic, Irish style, these mashed potatoes by
Minimalist Baker won’t disappoint.
Irish White Bean & Cabbage Stew
Irish Potato Cakes With Avocado Cream
I’ve yet to make a dud from
Vegan Richa, and these Irish potato cakes look like just the way not to break my winning streak.
Lentil & Quinoa-Stuffed Cabbage
Another Irish classic is apparently cabbage — and these stuffed beauties by
Connoisseurus Veg will keep you full and healthy (and help soak up the booze).
This easy recipe by
Minimalist Baker pays vegan homage to an Irish classic, and will definitely keep you full.
Dublin Coddle With Vegan Irish Sausage
Another classic Irish dish made vegan, this recipe by
Fat Free Vegan Kitchen should impress even your Irish grandma.
Every day where I eat pesto is a holiday, as far as I’m concerned. This recipe by
Minimalist Baker is good for groups, and keeps things green.
Shepard’s Pie With Chickpeas & Sweet Potato
If you want to play with the classic shepherd's pie, try this recipe by
Vegan Richa, which uses sweet potato and chickpeas to a very attractive result.
This recipe by
Connoisseurus Veg is perfect for when you want to keep things green and Thai curry is your go-to drunk food. (Raising my hand to that one.)
Samosa Potato Cakes With Green Chutney
With just 10 ingredients, these lookers by
Minimalist Baker pay homage to both potatoes and the color green. Score.
Keep your drinking light and greenish with this recipe by
Minimalist Baker. If you really want them greener, I guess you could also buy some food coloring?
These lime pie bars are so tasty I actually like making them without the crust sometimes, just to get straight to the filling. Either way, this recipe by
Minimalist Baker is the perfect green treat for St. Patrick's Day.
Cherry Chocolate Porter Bread
Keep the beer theme going with this delicious porter “bread” (read: cake) by
If you have a mint chocolate chip-lover in your life like I do, this ice cream by
Minimalist Baker will be much-appreciated.
If you want your cake even richer, go for this beauty by
Wallflower Kitchen made with Guinness. I bet it also goes great with more Guinness.
Pistachio Matcha Chocolate Cups
Pistachio + Matcha + Chocolate = best threesome I can imagine. Keep up the green spirit with this recipe from
My Darling Vegan.
Green Tea Coconut Ice Cream
This ice cream by
Minimalist Baker is going to make the perfect snack when you open your freezer at 2 a.m. I mean, you're welcome.