Mar 10, 2016
Broccoli Spinach Potato Medallions ~ Plant-based and Oil-free
Here is a Happy St. Patty’s Day recipe for you! Green on green is so beautiful any time of the year. Did you know that the human eye can see more shades of green than any other color? It appears to be true and for a very good reason… Color perception mechanisms are highly dependent on evolutionary factors, of which the most prominent is thought to be satisfactory recognition of food sources. In herbivorous primates (that’s us!), green color perception has been essential for finding proper (immature) leaves. While there is a lot of science out there about how we see color, there isn’t very much to back up this theory.
For me, the color green, it its many shades, summons healing and renewal. Isn’t it fitting then that St. Patrick’s Day takes place just before spring? But wait. Why is St. Patrick’s Day celebrated with such an emphasis on green anyway? The color green has been associated with Ireland since at least the 1640s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since the 16o0s. The Friendly Brothers of St. Patrick, an Irish fraternity founded in about 1750, adopted green as its color. St. Patrick’s Day also commemorates the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. Because of all of these factors, we have adopted the color to celebrate this holiday. Of course, Ireland is also known as the Emerald Isle for all of its gorgeously green, rolling hills.
Let’s get to today’s recipe, shall we? It’s green Oh, yes, it’s a lovely, bright green! These cakes, patties, medallions or whatever you wish to call them are filled with flavor and nutritional goodness. They are pretty soft, as I haven’t used any flour to bind them (you can if you want to). I’m just trying to limit my use of processed flours so I opted for soft over firm in the consistency department. I love to eat these with yellow mustard as it reminds me of eating a knish! And being from New York, I sure loved those Jewish deli knishes! But these babies are so much healthier with a whopping dose of greens and a heaping helping of flax seeds.
I made these on the stovetop in a non-stick pan, though you could also bake them if you prefer. You may lose that bright, glorious green color in the process though. Either way, they’re wonderfully nutritious and delicious. Enjoy!