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Are you one of those people who celebrates St. Patrick’s Day without knowing the true meaning of the Irish holiday? Perhaps you are guilty of asking “Who is St. Patrick?” or even "What is St Patrick’s Day?" After all, it's been commercialized to the point of near ridiculousness and many of us really only think of it as a day to wear green and perhaps drink a Guinness. 

Whether you use St. Patrick’s Day as a reason to celebrate the arrival of Christianity in Ireland or simply as an excuse to drink Irish beer and wear green from head to toe, St. Patrick’s Day is a great excuse to make super fun - and super green St. Patrick’s Day recipes!

St. Patrick’s Day Food Ideas

Make It Green With Pesto

This traditional favorite makes it easily to incorporate green into any St. Patrick’s Day recipe. Mix a little basil, olive oil, pine nuts, and garlic for a homemade specialty, or purchase some prepared green pesto. Pesto toasts make a great green St. Patrick’s Day recipe. Toast bread and use a shamrock cookie cutter to make your shamrock shape. Spread some green pesto on your toast and serve with a bowl of rice, soup, or even pasta.

Lime Sherbet and Soda

Want a great easy green drink recipe for St. Patrick’s Day? Spoon a scoop of lime sherbet into a small cocktail glass. Add sprite, carbonated water, or even ginger ale. Serve with shamrock cookies on the side or even for dipping.

Spinach Tortilla Dippers

We all love a good dip—creamy ones, salsa, or even chunky ones like artichoke dip. Use your cookie cutter to cut tortillas into shamrocks. Toast shamrock tortillas in the oven on 350 degrees for 5 minutes. Serve as dippers with green salsa verde or even cheese dip.

 

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Just Add Green Food Coloring 

  • Green Oatmeal: You can make anything green with a little food coloring. Prepare St. Patrick's Day green oatmeal for the kids’ breakfast that morning. Cook oatmeal as directed then place 2-3 drops of green food dye into their bowl. Mix and serve!
  • Green Cupcakes: Green cupcakes are a great dessert recipe to make for St. Patrick’s Day. Prepare cupcake batter as directed, adding 5-6 drops of green food coloring at the end. Stir and place in cupcake pan. Bake and serve! You can also drop green food coloring into the icing as well.
  • Choose Green Food: One of the easiest green St. Patrick’s Day recipes you can make is simply choosing naturally green foods for your meals. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, green beans, basil, parsley, lettuce, green onion, and salad recipes make great examples for naturally green foods. Incorporate these into your breakfast, lunch, and dinner on St. Patrick’s Day weekend and you’ll surely present your lucky side!

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Stuffing yourself may not be on your list of to-dos this holiday season, but we all know it’s going to happen at some point. Instead of indulging with guilt and later regretting your high-calorie grazing, break the habit and opt for some yummy, healthier choices—and we’re not talking about celery sticks. Here are a few delicious, low-calorie alternatives to those unhealthy, yet irresistible, holiday treats.

Zucchini Cupcakes with Greek Yogurt Frosting

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Sweets are always a part of the season, and so are the carbs. Get creative in fighting the holiday bulge by preparing these tasty zucchini cupcakes with greek yogurt frosting. 

Cranberry Orange Sauce

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Give your holiday meals a rustic spin with this easy-to-make cranberry orange sauce. This scrumptious side dish lacks the calories of the classic, and only requires a couple of ingredients.

Quinoa Fruit Salad

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Many family gatherings offer a fruit display, but then pair it with marshmallows and sugary dips, lessening the health impact. Make a fruit salad that’s focused on health and taste with this quinoa twist.

Apple Cider Wassail

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Get the slow cooker cooking with this great alternative to sugary holiday beverages. This wassail uses natural ingredients and sugar substitutes for a lighter option that still satisfies the holiday craving. 


For more on health foods and recipes, check out WomensForum.com’s Health page.

 

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It happens to all of us. It's Sunday night and you're at the grocery store trying to figure out what to make for dinner without any repeats from the last few weeks. When our schedules get hectic, the weekend dinner rotation starts getting a little mundane, but who has time to think of a whole new dinner menu for the family? We'd love to meet the mom who does, because we've got some awards for her. 

So the next time your kids groan when you say you're making lasagna, yes, again, surprise them and add some color to your go-to dishes by simply switching up a few of the ingredients.

3 Flavorful Twists Your Family Will Love

1. An easy, delicious way to completely change the feel of a meal is by changing out cheeses or sauces. That plain pasta you've got stockpiled in the pantry can become a multitude of dishes - spicy to exotic to comfort food - thanks to some smart sauce switches. Layers of ricotta cheese are essential for the creaminess that we all love in classic lasagna, but playing with a baked cheese crust could make for a memorable family meal. Opt for a tangy flavor like Gruyere cheese for a whole new taste experience and very, very filled tummies.

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2. Different variations of meats can easily put a few new twists on your family classics. This is extremely easy to do with sausage as Johnsonville has variations available in its ground sausage lineup, with a bunch of different flavors from sweet Italian to spicy to mild flavorings. For example, crumbled sweet Italian sausage links meld really well with sweeter ingredients such as plum tomatoes and contrasts against salty flavors like the Kalamata olives in this baked ziti recipe

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3. One of the best ways to add some pizzazz to a casserole-type dish like lasagna or ziti is to add some unusual textures amidst all the cheesy deliciousness and soft noodles. Our personal favorite? Breaded eggplant is surprisingly yummy and a great way to sneak in some extra vegetables without starting a revolt at the dinner table! Simply dip eggplant slices in egg yolk and roll in Italian breadcrumbs before frying until brown on both sides, then put the crispy slices between layers of noodles and cheese. Trust us - the texture and little kick of Italian spices will be a hit with your family!

Love these ideas? Share with friends, family and fellow moms who are in need of yummy new dinner recipes to try. Get started by pinning and sharing this easy fried eggplant recipe below!

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5-easy-drink-recipes-for-a-crowd-2Entertain a big crowd with these affordable cocktail beverages.

Got a big party coming up and have to make drinks for a crowd? Or maybe you just want to use that big, pretty drink pitcher you got as a wedding present. Whatever the situation, if you’re entertaining outside this summer, you have to have the summer drinks to go along with it. These recipes for drinks are not only easy, but can be made alcoholic or nonalcoholic and are easily modified for a big crowd. Your crowd can feel free to go wild and stay hydrated with these party drink recipes for summer!

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