Happy Earth Day!

In honor of Mother Earth, here are a some of my favorite Green Recipes:

First some avocado-based recipes:

Avocado halves

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries (with a vegan option) – Avocado, melted cream cheese, and two kinds of salsa.

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Mango salsa for a hint of sweetness and a slight kick from the green salsa verde.

Halved Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa-Stuffed Puff Pastries

Cheater’s Guacamole (Vegan, GF) – 3 minute recipe. No vegetable, onion, or garlic chopping required.

Guacamole on chips

Green Appetizers & Lighter Fare:

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip (Vegan, GF option)

Tempeh and Cucumbers on a Stick with Brown Sugar Balsamic Reduction Dip

Cucumber Wraps (Raw, Vegan, GF)

Cucumber Wrap ingredients spread
Cucumber Wraps
Cucumber Wraps

Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing (Raw, Vegan, GF) – Light, flavorful, easy and perfect for warmer weather. Use a vegetable peeler if you don’t have a spiralizer to make zucchini ribbons.

Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

Apple Glazed Vegetable & Edamame Stir Fry (Vegan, GF) – A true meaning of applesauce. The apple-based sauce coats and flavors this dish.

Apple Glazed Vegetable & Edamame Stir Fry

Green Comfort Food:

Lemon & Dill Roasted Potato Sticks (Vegan, GF)

Lemon & Dill Roasted Potato Sticks

Cheezy Kale Chips (Raw, Vegan, GF) – You can bake these if you don’t have a dehydrator and they turn out wonderfully.

Cheezy Kale Chips
Cheezy Kale Chips

Spicy Baked Eggs and Hash Brown Casserole (GF) – Eggs and potatoes are the way to my husband’s heart. An easy brunch or breakfast-for-dinner recipe. Makes a modest amount so you won’t be eating eggs forever.

Spicy Baked Eggs and Hash Brown Casserole

Green Desserts:

Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in a Bowl – Sweet, creamy, pudding-like. Or thin it out a bit more and drink it with a straw like a smoothie.

Vanilla Avocado Banana Smoothie in a Bowl

Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips (Raw, Vegan, GF) – Anyone who says they don’t like kale or coconut needs to try these and be converted.

Chocolate Coconut Kale Chips

Vanilla Avocado Banana Ice Cream (Raw, Vegan, GF) – You cannot “taste” the avocado. Trust me on this one; it’s really rich, creamy, sweet, and very ice cream-like. People write to me frequently telling me how much they love this healthier recipe for “ice cream”.

Vanilla Avocado Banana Ice Cream

Triple Layer Fudgy Mint Oreo Brownies – One of the best desserts I’ve ever made. Rich, sweet, decadent, fabulous.

Triple Layer Fudgy Mint Oreo Brownies

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Earth Day?

In past years, we’ve gone to the Balboa Park Earth Day Festival. We don’t have plans to venture inside the park to the booths and exhibits and green-vendor smorgasboard. We’ll walk on the outskirts, along with 60,000 other people, give or take. Just a small, tiny, crowd. Ahem. The people watching is always fabulous and it’s one of the largest Earth Day fairs in the country. Great energy and we are fortunate enough to live within walking distance of it all.

Do you have a favorite green recipe or green food?

I do love desserts but don’t subsist on them solely. Shocker.

On a daily basis, the majority of the food I eat is green: green salads, kale, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cucumber, zucchini, peas, sugar snap peas, edamame, green grapes. Without my greenery, I feel out of balance, off kilter, and I really crave green foods, especially crunchy ones full of texture.

After the greenery, it’s time for dessert. It’s all a balancing act and moderation.

Happy Earth Day!

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