Eat Green on St Patrick's Day

by Rachael Forrest

I know, I know, it's time to drink Guinness but you can balance out the black stuff with a good load of green so here are some ideas...

Make a naturally green beer by adding a teaspoon of wheatgrass or spirulina into a light ale and stir carefully.  Am not sure what that'll taste like but it's worth a try!

Wholemeal pasta with some home made pesto, or a good brand of ready-made, makes a brilliant and filling meal.  Add peas to make it even more green or scatter a few sprigs of basil on top just to finish it off.

Try some avocado fries - dip strips of avocado in egg and breadcrumbs and fry gently in olive oil.  Sprinkle  on some capers for added 'zing'.  If you want something less fatty, just make a guacomole by mushing up the avocado and adding lime, coriander leaves, tomato, chilli and onion (all finely chopped).

Green pancakes - Whisk together an egg, some melted butter, 1/3 cup milk, 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla. Then add 1/2 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of matcha powder and 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder plus a pinch of salt. Cook in a flat pan brushed with some melted butter over medium-low heat and serve with maple syrup.