Ideas for Saint Patrick's Day Food

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

  I know some people prefer more traditional foods like corned beef and Irish soda bread for Saint Patrick's Day, but I grew up in a family where everything got dyed green--the mashed potatoes, the rolls, the gravy...literally anything that could be greenified was transformed into a bright Saint Patty's Day shade of green .  As I was reminiscing about it today, I can still picture all 8 of us kids gathered around our Saint Patrick's Day feast with our teased up 80's bangs and oversized glasses.  So, in honor of fun memories from my youth, today's post is dedicated to some fun meals that would be great for Saint Patrick's day, either because the food is already naturally green or because they are light colored and could be easily dyed.   Look at the bottom of the post for some more fun ideas for celebrating Saint Patrick's Day!  Have fun and the luck o' the Irish to ye! 

Honey-Lime Enchiladas--with the green enchilada sauce (made with tomatillos) on top these have some great visual appeal for Saint Patty's day.  In addition,  my kids love them. 

Potato Kielbasa Skillet
--one of our family favorite meals and naturally flecked with lots of  wholesome spinach! 

Turkey Lettuce Wraps--naturally green, these are super easy to make and you most likely have all the ingredients already in the house

Potato Soup  (dyed with green food coloring) and  Bread Bowls--this was our Saint Patty's Day dinner last year!  :)

Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas with Roasted Tomatillo Sauce
-- the cilantro gives the filling some green and the roasted tomatillo sauce on top is naturally green as well

Spinach-Zucchini Soup--this healthy soup is totally green of its own accord (no food dyes, gluten, or dairy) .  It's perfect for a Saint Patty's day lunch or dinner.  I like to whip up a batch of this tasty soup early in the week and eat it for lunch all week!

Dairy-Free Pasta Alfredo (made with cashews)--it's light colored, so the sauce could easily be dyed green

BBQ Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Ranch Dressing
--a healthy, naturally green meal! 

Chicken Crescents
(with green food coloring in the filling and/or bread)--my kids love these

Garlic Chicken Pasta with Spinach-- another one with lots of wholesome, dye-free green

Split Pea Soup--another naturally green healthy soup, this could be bedecked with sour cream clovers instead of a monster face

And here are some other ideas for making Saint Patrick's Day fun for the whole family
  • Put a couple drops of green food coloring in the milk carton before the kids wake up and tell them that the leprechauns must have done it. 
  • Put a couple drops of green dye in the toilet and when the first kid comes out exclaiming that the water is green, blame it on the leprechaun who forgot to flush.  (Don't worry the food coloring does not stain the toilet bowl). 
  • Find some chocolate gold coins (or another fun treat) and send the kids on a treasure hunt searching for the leprechaun's treasure. 
  • Find a good dessert recipe and dye it green.  These would be perfect:
  • Any cupcake dyed green (these recipes are good: Coconut or Greek Yogurt , but even a cake mix would work great! )
  • Homemade Oreos (filling dyed green)--a super easy and fun treat that starts with chocolate cake mix as a base

What about your family?  Do you have any fun Saint Patty's Day traditions or recipes?  Please share! 



Kim March 16, 2011 at 5:37 PM  

Thanks for all the great ideas. I just reheated some leftover pasta on the stove and threw green food color on it for my daughter. She loved it.

Happy St. Patty's Day!

Britni Watkins March 17, 2011 at 7:51 AM  

We made some rainbow cupcakes this year, and I usually make some sort of pesto past with peas or broccoli. Last year, though we had a stir fry with beef, asparagus, broccoli, edamame, etc. Very green naturally! What fun ideas!

Mirien March 17, 2011 at 3:04 PM  

Lara, thanks for your ideas. The day isn't long enough to eat all the green foods I want to make. Especially thanks for reminding me about the BYU brownies. I've got them in the oven right now. What better way to celebrate St Pat's Day and the BYU game today! Go Cougars!

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