Green is one of the first signs of spring. The background changes from the grayness of winter to the greenness of spring. New foliage livens up the scenery in a refreshing and rejuvenating way. There is a sense of awakening that comes with the season. It is my favorite time of the year. As I look around and see new growth, some greens really stand out. The bright ones, like the leaves on my Coral Bark Japanese Maple, get me smiling every time:
One way to celebrate green is with food. It is what today’s #SundaySupper event is all about. This weekend marks St. Patricks’s Day and the official arrival of spring on Tuesday, March 20th. For the event, a group of food bloggers are sharing their green inspired recipes. You can follow the hashtag #SundaySupper on twitter to find all the wonderful recipes, photos, and more.
Greens in food comes in many forms. There are many healthful fruits and veggies to enjoy. I was inspired to do something different when I looked in my pantry and saw the container of French green lentils. I immediately thought of the salad with them and other yummy things like fresh herbs and bacon. Lentils are jam-packed with protein and give you the fuel to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. The original recipe is by Alton Brown, one of my favorite chefs. I have learned so much from watching him. I adapted the recipe slightly to add a couple more fresh herbs.
Want to know more about the color green? Here are a few articles:
- Color Psychology to Empower and Enlighten You – The Color Green
- Sensational Color – All About the Color Green
- SW Creatives – Color Theory Series: Green
- About.com – Color Psychology – Green
What does green inspire in you? Food, design, gardening, art…? For me it is food and gardening. I am glad to see spring arrive and ready to get out and enjoy the glorious season.