On St. Patrick’s Day, we’ve all got that friend or coworker we KNOW is going to call out that we’re not wearing the traditional green. We’ll argue that it’s childish, but even though we’ll know we’re in the right, we’re still not keen on getting pinched. If you want to avoid the whole rigmarole (especially if, like us, you’re not even sure if you own anything green), show off with green food instead!
Spring is all about fresh produce, and there’s tons of herbs and leafy greens to choose from to turn your food the perfect seasonal hue. You can celebrate with everything from soup to appetizers, and lots in between. You could pack a perfectly green lunch, like our herby baked falafel (tucked in some homemade pita maybe?) or our vegan pasta salad. We also love putting greens into unexpected meals to turn them St. Patrick’s Day-appropriate, like in our parmesan-crusted kale grilled cheese or green eggs and ham.
And don’t worry, if you’ve got some green food dye you’re just itching to use, we’ve got you too — check out our shamrock sugar cookies or green beer (not technically food, but it’s so cool-looking we’re counting it). Bake some minty chocolate chip cookies or andes brownies, and save everyone you share them with from a pinch-filled fate. Does it count if you’ve just eaten something wildly green today? We think so.
And we can’t forget about our favorite naturally green fruit — avocado! Stick it in anything from pancakes to popsicles to turn them the perfect shade of green. If all else fails, you can always just make some guacamole (or another avocado-based dip, we’ve got a few).
Pistachios, mint, cilantro, dill and parsley turn these falafels the loveliest natural shade of green. Bonus: they're baked, not fried, for less mess.
While most Green Goddess dressings rely on mayonnaise and one to two herbs for their creaminess and pale green color, we achieve the same flavor profile by using kale, cauliflower, 4 different herbs, and just a touch of Greek yogurt. The result is a vibrant green soup that’s pretty much a garden in a bowl.
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You'll feel amazingly accomplished after whipping up these beauties.
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Poblanos and cilantro turn this pasta perfectly green! Feel free to reduce the amount of poblanos to 2 or 3, supplementing with roasted green bell pepper instead if you're not a fan of spice.
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Top these soft, vibrant pancakes with blueberries, bananas, or chocolate chips, or, eat them plain if that's your thing— they're good any which way!
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The green in these eggs is all natural — spinach!
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Ground pistachios are added in with the flour to create a slightly green-hued cake with a nutty flavor.
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These brownies have a secret layer of Andes Mints under all that glorious green frosting and on top for even more minty flavor.
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These babies are tart, bright green, and quite strong. Enjoy!
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