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Easy St. Patricks Day Foods

Updated on October 8, 2014

Keep It Simple, Keep It Green

These easy St. Patrick's Day foods are almost too easy. But if you want to celebrate this fun holiday without a lot of work and need some quick ideas, you're at the right place.

Reach for foods that you know your family or friends like and plan a great menu that will absolutely reek of green.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Serve a Green Breakfast

Start the day green!

First, brew up some green tea or Irish tea to start St. Patrick's Day off right. Sweeten it up with some sugar cubes (fun all year round, they are!).

Green eggs and ham are perfect breakfast foods for St. Patrick's Day. If your family loves this combo, scramble up some eggs.

This is easy: break eggs in a bowl, beat for a count of about 45, mix in a few drops of green food coloring, and pour into a buttered skillet and cook till done. Serve the ham as is for a lovely contrasting look. A piece of toast completes this easy green breakfast.

Green Food for Breakfast

Wilton 3 Inch Green Metal Shamrock Cookie Cutter
Wilton 3 Inch Green Metal Shamrock Cookie Cutter

Use this shamrock cookie cutter to cut out toast in fun shamrock shapes for St. Patrick's Day breakfast.

 

If your kids are not big fans of green eggs (or even yellow and white eggs) and ham, don't despair. Mix up some yummy hot cereal like oatmeal or grits or Cream of Wheat according to the package instructions. Just before serving, add a few drops of green food coloring. Stir. Serve.

Another option is to tint the pancake or waffle batter green. The bright green food will be gobbled up faster than you can say pot o' gold.

Caution: Be sure to check the kiddos' faces so the wearing of the green is limited to their clothes and not their skin.

Domino Sugar, Cube Dots, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)
Domino Sugar, Cube Dots, 16-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12)

Serve a couple of sugar cubes with green tea for a delicious warm breakfast drink.

 
Wilton Green Dab-N-Color Edible Color
Wilton Green Dab-N-Color Edible Color

Green food coloring is a must to pull off a successful St. Patrick's Day spread.

 

Green Foods to Pack in a Lunch

These green foods travel well and will help you and your kids enjoy St. Patrick's Day while at work and school.

Green vegetables and fruit: Take advantage of the goodness of green in nature by serving it in the lunch bag. Steam some broccoli till it turns bright green. Remove from the microwave or pan and let cool. Place in a bag or covered container. Add a small container of dip that will help even the finickiest eater eat their green. Mix a tablespoon of mayonnaise (or plain yogurt) with a dash of garlic powder and a seasoning mix of your choice.

Serve a Green Lunch

Picnic Plus Savoy Insulated Lunch Tote, Green Paisley
Picnic Plus Savoy Insulated Lunch Tote, Green Paisley

Treat yourself of your child to a beautiful green paisley lunch bag!

 

Cut up some green fruit. Good options: green apples, honeydew melon, green grapes. Squeeze lemon juice on the apples to keep them fresh, if needed.

Green sandwiches: Work with what your kids and you like. Make egg salad and tint it green. Serve sliced avocado on a turkey sandwich. Add crunchy leaf lettuce to a tuna fish sandwich.

Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dips Mix, Gluten Free -Pack of 24
Hidden Valley Fiesta Ranch Dips Mix, Gluten Free -Pack of 24

For a spicy alternative, try fiesta ranch dip.

 

Green Dinner or Party Dishes - St. Patrick's Day

If you want to keep the green mood going all day, these ideas for easy St. Patrick's Day foods will fill the tummy and fit the bill.

Appetizers/Finger Foods: Serve bowls or trays of green foods that naturally come that way like green olives, pickles, sturdy lettuce leaves for dipping, cucumbers, green bell peppers, lightly steamed broccoli and green beans that have cooled, avocado dip (guacamole or a plainer avocado dip for pickier palates).

Green Foods: Hard boiled eggs served with a creamy green sauce, spinach noodles with a cream sauce colored green, cream cheese tinted green spread on tortillas and rolled then sliced, green mashed potatoes,

Be sure to serve some "regular" food that isn't green everyone likes. Good options for easy foods include sliced thin roast beef or turkey with hearty bread.

Green Desserts: Pistachio ice cream, a bowl of green M&Ms (try not to fight over the job of picking out all those other icky colors), store bought green cookies or cupcakes.

Shamrocks for St. Patrick's Day

Bring in an Extra Touch of Green - Not just the food is green on St. Patick's Day!

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

How green is your food?

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    • gottaloveit2 profile image

      gottaloveit2 

      6 years ago

      I'm a fan of green beer on St. Patricks Day. Do I have to eat green vegetables too?

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      For some reason, spinach comes to my mind for St Patrick's Day. I could make a spinach souffle (well, heat up a Stouffer's frozen one, anyway).

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      For some reason, spinach comes to my mind for St Patrick's Day. I could make a spinach souffle (well, heat up a Stouffer's frozen one, anyway).

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