Color the plate green: Non-traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipes

Green is the St. Patrick’s Day color. Instead of corned beef and cabbage for the holiday, try these non-traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipes.

On St. Patrick’s Day, green is the celebratory color. Who hasn’t sipped a green beer or two? While traditional Irish recipes like corned beef and cabbage are popular St. Patrick’s Day recipes, those recipes aren’t the only way to celebrate the holiday. Why not color the plate green with non-traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipes.

A colorful plate is visual delight and good for you. While some people happily eat a plate full of greens, other people like to enjoy the goof for you foods in more creative ways. Veggie noodles are a popular choice.

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Veggie noodles are a popular way to add more vegetables into anyone’s diet. A vegetable spiralizer turns zucchini, carrots and other vegetables into noodle strands. Whether dressed simply with pesto or paired with a traditional red sauce, the vegetable noodles add a nutritional boost while having a similar noodle appearance.

While vegetable spiralizers are a popular kitchen gadget, some people prefer more convenience in the kitchen and a more traditional noodle texture. Explore Cuisine offers vegetable pasta in a quick, convenient way and in a traditional pasta texture. Made from beans, peas, lentils and rice, this dry pasta has nutrient benefits while still maintaining a traditional pasta texture.

The Explore Cuisine pasta offers a bright, colorful addition to traditional pasta dishes. For St. Patrick’s Day, this colorful pasta adds a touch of green to many traditional pasta recipes.

Pesto and pasta is a classic combination. While the traditional pesto recipe blends all the pesto ingredients, this recipe leaves all the ingredients whole. The flavor is bolder than a traditional pesto. Try the recipe both ways and taste the difference.

Non-traditional St. Patrick’s Day recipes, photo provided by Explore Cuisine

Green Lentil Penne with Deconstructed Pesto
INGREDIENTS
• 1 package Explore Cuisine Green Lentil Penne – cooked, drained
• 2 T. olive oil
• 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
• Handful fresh basil leaves, rough torn
• salt and red chile flakes to taste
• 3 T. pine nuts, toasted
• Parmesan cheese (optional)

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oil in a small sauté pan
2. Add garlic and cook one minute
3. Toss penne with garlic oil. Gently fold in torn basil
4. Season with salt and chili flakes
5. Garnish with pine nuts
Add cheese if desired

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