This St. Patrick’s Day, make it a mealtime challenge to serve up tasty and green foods without using any dyes or coloring. It’s easier than you think!
Here are 10 ideas to get you started:
1. Homemade Kale Chips
Yes, people can’t stop talking about kale chips, but there’s a reason: they’re crunchy, crispy, salty and healthy. Try this kale chips recipe from The Wednesday Chef.
2. Avocado Dip with Veggies
Guacamole is a crowd-pleaser, or try Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip (from Two Peas & Their Pod). Serve with any combo of cucumbers, celery, sugar snap peas, snow peas, or green peppers to complete the green theme.
3. Green Ice Pops
A sweet, refreshing treat from Weelicious, made from kale, pineapple, banana, and coconut water.
You’ll find them in the freezer aisle. We buy the ones still in their shell, since half the fun for kids seems to be popping the beans in to their mouths.
5. Pesto Pasta
Are your kids noodle fiends? Make pesto and toss with whole-wheat pasta for a quick and easy dinner.
A great on-the-go snack, pistachios are yummy and full of fiber, good fat, and potassium.
7. Green Smoothie
Blend a handful of spinach with pineapple, yogurt, and banana or mango; or combine kale, apple juice, banana, apple, and ice cubes. The web is brimming with more ideas, try out a few and do a taste test together.
8. Green Eggs and Ham
Honor Dr. Seuss with a breakfast inspired by his classic book.
9. Green Apple
Slice and spread with (non-green!) peanut butter for a filling mini-meal.
10. Frozen Green Grapes
Wash and de-stem a bunch of grapes, and pat dry with a paper towel. Then freeze on parchment paper and eat when ready for dessert.
Got an idea for a healthy and great green dish for St. Patrick’s Day? Leave a comment.
Andrea Pyros is the mother of two children, one of whom has food allergies. She is a freelance writer who covers topics including food, family, and fun for a variety of online and print publications.