Make this St. Patrick’s Day extra fun with festive food and St. Patrick’s Day inspired meals.
Studio 5 Contributor Mandy Douglass shares super fun and easy St. Patrick’s Day meals your whole family will love!
Everyone these days talk about going “green”, but today we thought we would take that literally. Come join us on a journey of fun ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with your meals.
Word of caution; these ideas are meant to be chosen separately, not to cook all of them in one day. So pick your favorites and don’t overwhelm yourself!
KID FRIENDLY RECIPE
Pull out that heart waffle maker that you only seem to use once a year. Now you have a second reason to use it. Four hearts make a shamrock, mixed with a great waffle recipe, and topped off with a whipping cream cloud and fruit to match the colors of the rainbow! Your kids will not disappointed!
Straw – Target dollar section (but have also seen them at Old Navy)
Fruit Loops threaded on straw
Green Stripe wrap – Printable included
2 ¼ cups white flour
4 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ TBSP supar
2 beaten eggs
2 ¼ cups milk
¾ cup oil
**optional green food coloring
Mix all ingredients together. Use butter to grease waffle maker. Cook according to waffle maker instructions
1 ¼ cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
4 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 ½ TBSP Agave or Honey
2 beaten eggs
2 ¼ cups milk
1/3 cup oil
1/3 cup apple sauce
Mix all ingredients together. Use non-stick spray to grease waffle maker.
ADULT / SOPHISTICATED GREEN BREAKFAST
I don’t know about you, but I am not too keen on “dyed green eggs” (although when paired with the favorite “Dr. Suess, Green Eggs and Ham”, I guess you could say that I might be willing to try it!)
Here is a spin on naturally green eggs, with a green smoothie, and a green fruit skewer to enjoy this St. Patrick’s day.
Green Fruit – Grapes, Kiwi, Green Apples
1 TBSP chopped onion
1 handful of fresh spinach
1 handful of fresh mushrooms
1 handful of cheddar cheese
Sauté veggies together with 1 tsp olive oil. Add scrambled eggs to pan when veggies are warm and spinach is just starting to wilt. Add cheese and salt & pepper to taste. Flip in half and keep flipping until done to your taste.
1/2 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh spinach
½ cup greek yogurt (I like vanilla honey)
1 cup apple juice
Puree in blender until all green spinach is blended.
Likable Leprechaun Lunches
Bento Boxes are the latest rage with lunches these days, so why not create a really fun lunch for your kids, roommates, spouse, or significant other to show them how lucky you are to have them in your life!
Did you know you can go to your local bakery and order bread in any color? Why not surprise your loved ones by ordering some a few days in advance and surprising them with this fun sandwich idea!
Green bread – Ridleys in Highland
Mint Oreos – found mine at Target / Walmart
Green Jello cup
Mint M & M’s – found at Bed Bath & Beyond
Rainbow Goldfish crackers – Walmart
Create a sandwich to fit your loved one. Could be fancy with Ham, Cheese & avocado, or just the standard PB&J. Then cut it out with your favorite cookie cutter
(Adult approved or maybe just for wrap lovers)
Spinach Tortillas – Good Earth (but saw them at Walmart)
Guacamole Chips – hard to find but finally found them at Fresh Market
veggies- grape tomato, carrots, yellow pepper, cucumber
Dip – Dill dip in Cucumber cup (not shown)
Garden Veggie Cream cheese
Spread cream cheese on tortilla. Stack turkey, avacado, bacon. Roll and cut in half
1 cup sour cream
1 cup mayonnaise
2 TBSP minced onion
1 tsp Dill Weed
2 tsp Bon Appetite Seasoning
Mix ingredients. Best if chilled in fridge for an hour before serving.
DECADENT DINNERS – GREEN STYLE!
It seems like all of us make one meal a day, so why not make it green and fun! While not out of the box recipe’s, these ideas will make the ordinary meal festively green!
Who knew pizza could be green?
Green dough – Scone dough from Ridleys in Highland. Ordered special green
Fruit Rainbow – Watermelon, Strawberries, Pineapple, Cantelope, Kiwi, Green Grapes, Blueberries, Red Grapes
Small cups – Walmart
Green pepper slices
Italian Seasoning Spice
Heat Pizza Stone to 500 degrees in oven. (10 minutes in oven before you place dough on) Form pizza (have kids help). Add sauce, cheese, and top with “Shamrock” green peppers. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Place pizza in oven and cook for another 10-15 minutes.
Ice cube trays
food dye color of the rainbow
Put water in trays, place 1 drop of food coloring in each ice cube square. Freeze. Place in glass in the order of a rainbow. Add water.
Place fruit in half circle to form rainbow on white platter
8 oz cream cheese (room temperature)
1 can marshmallow crème
½ cup greek yogurt (vanilla honey)
Blend cream cheese until all lumps are out. Add marshmallow cream and yogurt. Place in individual cups to look like clouds.
Colored soda from kohlers
Upscale green dinner
Who said shamrocks couldn’t be sophisticated? Try this dinner to impress your dinner guests!
Spinach Tortallini – Walmart refrigerator section
Pesto – Costco’s pesto is divine!
Irish Brew – Beer or IBC Rootbeer
It is as easy as you think! Boil pasta, add pesto to your liking, arrange on plate as shown. Be sure to have additional pasta for your guests in a bowl on table!
1 package of Puff Pastry, thawed
1 Herb or veggie cream cheese
1 Bunch of Fresh asparagus spears
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Spread cream cheese on open puff pastry sheets. Then
place slices of prosciutto on top of cream cheese. Use sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut 1/2″ x 6″ strips of pastry. Wrap pastry strip tightly around the asparagus spear and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown.
Rainbow Dip, with golden coin
Rainbow Cheesecake Dip
(Recipe source http://www.crazyforcrust.com)
8 ounces room temperature cream cheese
1 small box cheesecake pudding mix
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 ounces (1 container) whipped topping
Beat cream cheese until fluffy and all lumps are gone. Add pudding mix and milk. Beat for 2 minutes on medium. Stir in vanilla. Fold in whipped topping.
Separate dip into 6 zip-lock baggies. Dye each baggie a different color of the rainbow. Cut off a small end of baggie and pipe into a clear serving dish, layer the colors. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Gold Coin Snicker doodles
½ cup butter
½ cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
½ t. vanilla
1 ½ cups flour
1/4 t. salt
½ t. baking powder
1/3 t. cream of tarter
Cinnamon sugar or Gold sprinkles / sugar
Beat together butter & sugar. Add remaining ingredients (minus cinnamon sugar). Put in fridge from 30 min – 1 hour. (I have made them without this step and they work out okay). Take 1 TBSP dough, roll into balls, and then into sugar. Put on an un-greased or parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees for 12-14 minutes. (may look undercooked. May want to cook them on the crispier side for the dip)
Knock off those knickers with these Irish treats!
Irish Crème Brownies
1 cup margarine
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup coca
1 ¾ cup flour
4 eggs (one at a time)
½ t. salt
1 t. vanilla
Mix all ingredients together. Place in a ½ cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Then put on irish cream topping:
12 oz cream cheese
1/3 cup + 2 TBSP sugar
¼ cup Irish Cream coffee creamer
green food coloring
Mix cream cheese until there are no lumps. Add remaining ingredients. Spoon on top of brownies. (ONLY USE about ¾ of the mixture. there will be some left over!)
Mix topping and brownies in a swirling motion with end of butter knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool completely and put in freezer. Let brownies freeze pretty firm before cutting!