Green and Gluten-Free for Saint Patrick’s Day

green-smoothie-bowl-3Photo courtesy of Katie Goodman, Good Life Eats

While it may not be directly tied to the original meaning behind the holiday, we love the way the green of Saint Patrick’s Day seems to herald spring. A fresh, new season is around the corner – one filled with flowering greenery and farmers market produce. To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and the upcoming spring, give these green (and, of course, gluten-free) recipes a try:

Green Smoothie Bowl, Good Life Eats (pictured)

If you were to combine a Brazilian açai bowl with a fresh green juice, it might resemble something like this cool, delicious and absolutely gorgeous smoothie bowl. The list of nutritious ingredients in this thing is simply stunning: almond milk, banana, avocado, chia seeds, quinoa, spinach – it’s got it all. Add your choice of toppings (coconut flakes, cocoa powder and goji berries are among the recommendations) and you’ve got yourself an incredible breakfast treat.

Creamy Quinoa, Kale & Almond Milk Smoothie, MindBodyGreen

Prefer your smoothie in drinkable form? No problem. Packed with cooked quinoa, leafy greens and almond milk, this vibrant smoothie offers a great way to get your morning nutrients (not to mention creamy texture and just-sweet-enough flavor) on the go.

Key Lime Quinoa Flakes, Strength & Sunshine

We’re not just partial to this recipe because it uses our very own Ancient Harvest Quinoa Flakes. We also love it as a nutritious twist on a classic dessert, bursting with zesty, tropical flavor and enough protein to keep you going all day long. And while it might look fancy and complex, this parfait-style breakfast only takes a few short minutes to throw together.

Green Powerhouse Pesto Plate, Oh She Glows

This savory and hearty meal uses another of our favorite gluten-free ancient grains, millet, as its base. It’s also got green lentils, zucchini and spinach beneath a thick, fragrant drizzle of pesto-like sauce that features a secret ingredient for extra creaminess and bold, green color: avocado!

Super Green Quinoa Salad with Fresh Basil and Pistachios, With Food and Love

From the fresh, tender kale and basil leaves to the crunchy pistachios to the creamy cubes of avocado, this salad’s sure got a lot of green. It’s also got a lot of nutritional value, thanks to a delicious combination of superfoods that make this leafy salad hearty enough to stand alone as the main course.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Pesto Chicken Spaghetti, Ancient Harvest

Nothing screams “green” quite like a fresh basil pesto, and this gluten-free spaghetti pasta dish – made with toasted almonds, coconut milk, plenty of garlic and a dash of dry white wine – takes everything to a whole new level. And while it’s full of savory flavor and contrasting textures, it’s completely free of dairy and gluten. It can even be made vegan by swapping out the shredded rotisserie chicken for thin slices of zucchini.

For even more mouthwatering ideas, be sure to visit the recipes page at AncientHarvest.com.