As St. Patrick’s Day quickly approaches, it is needless to say many of us are looking forward to decking out in green, pinching those that don’t, and drinking green beer… 6am bars anyone? Although these activities are all part of the fun, St. Patrick’s Day does set itself up for being a nutritionist’s favorite holiday. I mean this holiday’s color is GREEN!!! Many of the world’s healthiest foods are green…coincidence, we think not!
Coming from an Irish family, St. Patrick’s Day has always been a fun day for us. Sam’s mom and Bee’s grandma would always make the traditional corned-beef and cabbage dinner and do something extra special like make green eggs and ham or green waffles for breakfast.
Although we appreciate tradition, we are at the point in our lives where we have the opportunity to establish some of our own. So, a “Green and Glam” party seemed like the perfect opportunity.
So, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and our passion for health food, Sam had a “Green and Glam” dinner party for her friends up at SLO. The only rules were that everyone had to bring a green food and everyone had to wear green and be glamourous, duh!
The party was a success!! Everyone got super into the theme and created many delicious recipes. Needless to say, this will be a tradition we will continue for many St. Patrick’s Days to come.
The recipe that was most popular was my Mandarin Cole Slaw with Cilantro Dressing.
As always, we send you PEACE and LOVE without the GREASE!
- 1 head green cabbage, chopped
- 2 cups of mandarin oranges
- 1 can of water chest nuts, drained and chopped
- ¼ cup lime juice
- ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
- ¾ cup olive
- 2 Tbls. raw honey
- 1 cup cilantro
- 1 clove garlic
- Hot sauce of choice to taste (I used Tapatio)
- Salt & pepper, to taste
- Chop the cabbage; add to a large bowl.
- Chop green onion and water chestnuts; add to cabbage.
- Add mandarin oranges.
- Place all dressing ingredients into a blender or food processor. Blend until well combined.
- Season to taste.
- Pour dressing over slaw. Toss to combine. Chill for at least two hours for best flavor.