It’s time for St. Patrick’s Day and if you’re vegan or plant-based, vegetarian, or any of the above, do you ever feel like you’re left high and dry on this holiday? Can we even call it a holiday? Let’s do! Also, just to make sure you don’t feel like a baby in the corner, here’s my Best Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Dishes just in time for the party!
Knowing Your Ancestors
Did you know I’m Irish?
Or, to be more precise, I’m Scottish. I grew up my whole life thinking I was Irish because my last name is McMillen. But my sister recently did the DNA test and come to find out, we’re more than 50% Scottish.
I like that, because from what I’ve seen of Scottish people, they’ve got spunk.
One of the cool things I like about being Scottish is that my eyes are green (although at times they can look blue) and so when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, I never worry about wearing green. My eyes have it covered.
My sister is currently working through our ancestry on our dad’s side (a cousin on my mom’s side has already done the work there) and guess what she’s discovered? Our ancestors used to live in a castle. She showed me a picture of it — on a mountain, with the ocean behind it. Pretty impressive.
Castles! Seriously! I think we need to plan a family trip to go visit it one of these days. How fun would that be? My sister has gotten downright nerdish about it all, reciting stories one after the other. I’m sure that means our road trip will require separate rooms. 🙂
No, seriously, I really love her newfound passion. It’s been fun discovering our heritage and how we ended up here, in the middle of America. It’s also created a passion in me as well. But, of course, for me, that usually ends means food.
And it’s true I’ve been making lots of Irish-themed vegan dishes over the years, but especially lately. Because on St. Paddy’s Day, we’re all a little Irish, even the Scottish. So that’s why I’m sharing with you the Best Vegan St. Patrick’s Day dishes. So you can join in the fun too!
Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
I hope you’ll see a trend here. I’m beginning with vegan breakfast ideas. These are recipes that are either green or themed toward Irish inspired food. We have a lot of recipes on our site, so take a look at the Namely Marly Vegan Breakfast Recipes if you’d like to see some other ideas. But, getting more specific, here are some great vegan St. Patrick’s Day recipes for your morning meal.
We love getting our green in on St. Patrick’s Day and I can’t think of a better way than with a smoothie. This Green Tea Banana Smoothie tastes delicious and gets you started on a nutritious green foot! Tip: Add a few mint leaves to make it like a Shamrock Shake!
Vegan’s can get their protein and greens in for breakfast with this one simple trick: just use tofu rather than eggs. Boom! Mind blown. I use tofu scrambles in place of eggs in other recipes too, such as this Vegan Potato Salad recipe. Use this Avocado and Kale Tofu Scramble recipe for a nutritious, high-protein start to your St. Patty’s Day festivities.
That’s right. Whiskey in pancakes. I’m here to tell you that this is one of my favorite pancake recipes ever! You get a nice, crispy crust thanks to the coconut oil, and then after you slather it in maple syrup? You’ll be feeling the luck o’ the Irish as well!
Savory Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
We’re also into vegan savory eats. You can imagine having these dishes for lunch, dinner, or even snacks. Be sure to take a look at all our Namely Marly Vegan Savory Recipes to get ideas for your everyday meals. But, getting to the point of today’s post, here are some delicious, savory, vegan St. Patrick’s Day recipes.
This is not my first parade when it comes to Shepherd’s Pie recipes. Remember my Pumpkin Shepherd’s Pie? Pretty, pretty good. But I thought it was high time for a more traditional take which is why I created this Vegan Shepherd’s Pie recipe. We like a lot of potatoes. I mean, a LOT. We also keep the skins on and do more of a mash than a whipped potato, for lots of rustic, charm.
If you want to add a little green to your table, this Green Hummus should do the trick. I love adding spinach to my dishes to make them green, which is exactly what I did with this recipe. It tastes just as delicious as any hummus you’ve had, but with the added color and healthy goodness of spinach. Bring on the pita chips!
I have to say I love the idea of quick breads. Now I’ve discovered that quick breads, which use baking soda rather than yeast, can be savory too. It’s important to note that people have been making savory soda bread for a long time now, I’m just glad to be adding it to my cooking repertoire. This Vegan Irish Soda Bread is perfect when you want some fresh-baked bread to add a special touch to your weeknight dinner.
You know, the Irish are known for their love of the potato. Maybe it’s because it got them through some very tough times, you know, like famines. However, did you know that the potato was actually an import to Europe? The potato is actually native to the Americas. I learned this from my discussion with cultural historian, Dr. Libby O’Connell, who wrote a book on the history of American foods. It’s fascinating and will make you the most intriguing guest at any gathering!
Sweet Vegan St. Patrick’s Day Recipes
I’d be lying if I didn’t fess up to how much we love sweets. And I can’t lie to you! Besides, it’s fairly obvious as you thumb through the pages here, that we’ve got a bit of a sweet tooth. You can check out all our Namely Marly Vegan Sweets Recipes to get ideas for some of your favorites. However, today we’re talking green desserts, or at least vegan St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipes. Let’s do it!
Oh, the happy shamrock. There’s something about a green, minty shake that makes life all the better this time of year. I decided to throw my hat in the vegan shamrock shake ring last year with this recipe. I love this easy shake any time of year, but especially mid-March!
Things are getting a little boozy with this recipe. If you like stout beer, you’re going to love these Vegan Chocolate Stout Cupcakes. The stout adds a rich, deep flavor that cannot be denied. I sprinkled a few coconut flakes over the top, but you can add some green sprinkles or sea salt flakes, or more. Just get creative.
This is another oldie, but a goodie. You know, we love the thin mint cookie in this house so it was just a matter of time before I veganized them. Let’s just say I don’t make this recipe too often because, well, we go through them way too fast. The best thing to do is to have a party and share them with others so you’re not gobbling all the calories yourself. You can freeze them too, but I must warn you, they’re even better when they’re crispy and cold!
Finally, how about a little Irish Blessing:
May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow
And may troubles avoid you
Wherever you go.
We’re glad to be a part of your festive day. We hope you enjoy a fabulous Vegan St. Patrick’s Day celebration!
P.S. If you decide to make any of these vegan St. Patrick’s Day recipes, be sure to snap a photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!