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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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