TV (take five!)

by Holly on March 16, 2012

in recipes,TV appearances,vegetarian

To me, St. Patrick’s Day is about one thing and one thing only: green beer.

In order to drink green beer and appropriately honor Saint Patrick – thy patron saint of Ireland – all March 17th long, it’s imperative to eat something first. Because you can’t drink all day if you (a) don’t start in the morning and (b) don’t eat some food along the way. Ya know, to build a good base?

So when the lovely people over at the News 3 Morning Show asked me back on TV the day before St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it only appropriate to take the opportunity to create some healthy leprechaun-approved fare to enjoy alongside a pint of green beer this weekend.

Veggie reubens + shamrock shakes? They’re just as good as any gold pot at the end of a rainbow.

And if you watch my appearance above, you’ll see that by eating veggie reubens + drinking homemade shamrock shakes, I am totally going rationalize drinking more green beer tomorrow. And perhaps spike the shamrock shakes with Bailey’s Irish Cream. I don’t know if Charlotte and Rob approved of that theory, but it’s been a long week at work, and I need to carb-load for a long marathon training run.

It’s St. Patrick’s Day for heaven’s sake…just go with it.

Veggie Reubens
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

2 T olive oil
1/2 T minced garlic
1/2 large red onion, sliced
2 small or 1 large zucchini, cut in 1/8-inch slices
2 carrots, coarsely grated
2 T apple cider vinegar
juice 1/2 lemon
1 t minced thyme
1 t caraway seeds
salt + pepper, to taste
8 slices whole grain bread*
2 T butter
8 slices swiss or provolone cheese
1/2 cup Thousand Island Dressing (recipe below)
3/4 cup sauerkraut

*I useĀ Ezekiel Sprouted Grain Bread

Easy Thousand Island Dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 T ketchup
2 T relish

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, saute olive oil, garlic and onion until onion is translucent, about 1-2 minutes. Add zucchini and carrot. Cook until zucchini is tender and slightly browned. Add vinegar, lemon and spices. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes to let flavors absorb. Set aside.

To make Thousand Island Dressing, whisk all ingredients together. Or, you can use a prepared bottled dressing.

In a saucepan over medium-low heat, melt 1/2 T butter in the pan. Place one slice of bread face down in the pan. Layer with a slice of cheese, 1/4 of the veggie mixture, 1-2 T Thousand Island Dressing, 2-3 T sauerkraut, another slice of cheese and another slice of bread. Cook for 3-4 minutes until browned. Flip and cook the other side for an additional 3-4 minutes, or until browned.

Serve with additional Thousand Island Dressing for dipping and pickles.

Makes 4 sandwiches

Homemade Shamrock Shakes
Prep time: 5 minutes

2 cups vanilla coconut milk ice cream or low-fat vanilla ice cream
3/4 – 1 cup almond milk or regular skim milk
1/2 – 1 t peppermint extract
10 drops green food coloring or 2 handfuls fresh spinach

Blend all ingredients together. For a thicker shake, use less milk.

Makes 2 servings


Robyn @ Blueberries and Oats March 16, 2012 at 8:05 pm

Congrats on being on TV again, Holly!! You’re becoming quiet a celebrity. ~.^ These recipes look amazing! I am always looking for a good vegetarian Reuben!

Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} March 16, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! That sandwich looks so so good. I haven’t had a rueben in so long, but this is the perfect meat-free version!

Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 16, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Those veggie reubens look so delicious! And unfortunately this year is not about the green beer for me – found out I’m gluten intolerant! Good thing I got some in last year though!

Erica March 16, 2012 at 8:11 pm

What a menu!! I want that shake. Another great appearance!

mindy - clueless nut March 16, 2012 at 8:21 pm

You do so well in front of the camera! Both of the recipes sound as delicious as they look!

Maren March 16, 2012 at 8:22 pm

I might have to have one of those shakes tomorrow! :) Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Meister @ The Nervous Cook March 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm

Are you a mind reader? All I was thinking about ALL DAY today was coming home to make a reuben (but with tempeh). Genius.

Happy St. Paddy’s Day! Sham-Shake yourself crazy tomorrow, lady.

Annie @ Naturally Sweet Recipes March 16, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Oh yum!! That veggie Reuben looks phenomenal. Shamrock shakes are the best! I just made one myself this week! :) And a big congrats on all the tv appearances!!

Alyssa @ fit and fun in third March 16, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Making that veggie Reuben might just have to be on my list of things to do tomorrow right along with “drink green beer” and “drink more green beer”…. Thanks for sharing! :)

Katie March 16, 2012 at 9:27 pm

Holly you are AWESOME! I am so happy this tv thing has been regular for you now, you are a natural and you are meant to be on camera! So happy for you!

LOVE the shamrock shake, I of course love the good old McDonald’s one a little more, even though it is not so good for you ; ) all about balance!

Willow @ My Own Trail March 16, 2012 at 9:33 pm

I’m planning to make my kids a green shake for St. Patty’s Day tomorrow and it looks like your recipe is the winner! I’m going to use the spinach instead of the food coloring because they both seem to be in one of their “I don’t feel like eating vegetables” phases.

Lindsey March 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm


also. had an amazing vegan reuben last week and haven’t stopped thinking about it—– SO excited that you posted this!! gonna try it out today/tomorrow.

Katharina March 17, 2012 at 5:33 pm

That sandwich looks SO good! I really want to just eat it now lol. Thanks for sharing :) Hope you did well at the races!

Mackenzie March 18, 2012 at 3:10 pm

WHY ARE YOU MY HERO?!??!!??! god, you are just the coolest of the cool.

Hillary March 18, 2012 at 6:03 pm

I love their reaction when you mention saving extra room and calories for beer. Is it just people like us who justify these things? Really?

Looks delicious, lady. And you look, again, like the consummate natural TV personality. With an Irish theme song this time, no less!

janetha @ meals & moves March 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

i love how you use your hands when you talk on camera. you are so natural! i also love love your outfit, cutie. xoxo

Lauren @ The Climbing Chef March 20, 2012 at 7:02 pm

That looks amazing! And, yes… you need a base in order to drink all day :) We had a breakfast… with 30+ people…. and lots of car-bombs/Irish Coffees…. Happy (late) St. P’s Day!!

mallory March 27, 2012 at 10:53 pm

i agree with janetha, you look fab! so… when are they giving you your own segment?

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