Gameday Recipe: Go green
With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this week and the Celtics on a roll in March, spice up your week with some green-flavored food. Here are five fun, green recipes to try for each day of the week.
Monday: Baked Avocado
This is an interesting option. We’ve never seen baked avocado before, but avocado is a very popular food right now, so why don’t try it a different way other than simply slicing it or serving as guacamole.
- 1 avocado
- 1 tbsp. chopped basil
- 1 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp. lemon juice
- 1/4 cup salsa
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
- Slice your avocado in half and remove the pit.
- Divide the salsa between the halves of avocado and place in the hole left by the pit.
- Mix together basil, Parmesan cheese, bread crumbs, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Top the avocado and salsa with mixture.
- Bake on a small baking sheet for five minutes. Enjoy!
Recipe via melecotte.com.
Tuesday: Mediterranean Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Ever had the lettuce wraps at The Cheesecake Factory? They’re a favorite of the She’s Game Sports editorial team and a great appetizer to share. Here’s a recipe for lettuce wraps you can make at home that are just like The Cheesecake Factory’s version.
- 12 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 4-inch-long, 1-inch-thick strips
- 2 teaspoons Mediterranean Spice mix
- 1/4 cup Balsamic Vinaigrette
- 4 romaine lettuce leaves, shredded
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced red onion
- 1/4 cup red-wine vinaigrette
- 1/4 cup tzatziki
- 12 butter lettuce leaves
- 4 Roma tomatoes, chopped
- 1 1/2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 12 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped
- 1 teaspoon chopped parsley
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- Season chicken with mediterranean spice mix and cook on a hot grill, basting with balsamic vinaigrette and turning once until cooked through. It should take about two minutes per side.
- Toss shredded romaine lettuce and red onion with red-wine vinaigrette in a bowl. Split the mixture evenly among butter lettuce leaves and drizzle each with one teaspoon tzatziki.
- Fill each lettuce wrap with chicken, feta cheese and chopped olives. Season with parsley, basil and oregano. Enjoy!
Wednesday: Chinese Green Beans
This tasty side dish is healthy and easy to make which is a perfect combo for us!
- 1 tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 12 oz. green beans
- 1/2 tsp. salt to taste
- 1 tbsp. minced garlic
- Mix soy sauce, honey and water in small bowl.
- Heat butter and olive oil in medium saute pan over medium-high heat
- Once butter is melted, add the green beans and salt and toss until well-coated. Cook until tender (about seven or eight minutes)
- Turn the heat down low, then add garlic and soy sauce mixture. Stir constantly until the mixture takes on a glaze-type consistency.
- Make sure all the green beans are coated well in the sauce and serve!
Recipe via sweettmakesthree.com.
Thursday: Baked zucchini with tomatoes and cheese
Here’s an easy recipe for baked zucchini. It reminds us of pizza but with zucchini instead of crust. Therefore, it’s like eating healthy pizza! This is also a good way to get kids to eat vegetables.
- Sliced tomato
- Olive oil
- Garlic powder
- Italian seasoning
- Parmesan cheese
- Mozzarella cheese
- Heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Drizzle olive oil in the bottom of a glass baking dish. Slice zucchini in half, then slice in half again lengthwise.
- Lay zucchini skin-side down in baking dish. Sprinkle a round of garlic powder and Italian seasoning. Then top zucchini with sliced tomato, drizzle with a little more olive oil, then top with parmesan and mozarella cheese mixture. Season once more with garlic powder and Italian seasoning.
- Bake for 40 minutes, then enjoy!
Recipe via littlehomeontherange.blogspot.com.
Friday: Mint chocolate cookies
Okay, so this isn’t a healthy recipe, but if you’ve been good all week, you deserve a treat.
- 2 3/4 cup flour
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- 1 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp mint extract
- 15-20 drops green food coloring
- 1 bag of Andes mints (chopped)
- Heat oven to 375 degrees.
- Sift flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until smooth. Add in egg and mint extract. Beat well. Fold in dry ingredients slowly, then add in green food coloring until desired shade of green. Mix in chopped Andes mints.
- Roll dough into evenly sized balls and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Let stand on cookie sheet for two minutes before removing them to cool.
Recipe via craftyc0rn3r.blogspot.com.
Do you have any green food recipes you’d like to share? Did you try any of these recipes? Let us know in the comments below.