If you have a little one in Elementary School, you’ve probably been working on some Leprechaun Traps and reading some books about Rainbows and Four-leaf Clovers. Why not get really in to the spirit of St. Patrick’s Day (and no, not with a Guinness) with a Green Dinner for the entire family!
Here are some green foods that are sure to bring a smile to your Leprechaun Hunter’s faces.
Green Smoothie- You can find a Green Drink Smoothie at just about any grocery store or health food store; or here is a recipe I found on AllRecipes to make one at home.
- 1 banana, thickly sliced, frozen
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 1 tablespoon flax seed meal (optional)
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil (optional)
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- Place the banana, kale, flax seed meal, and coconut oil into a blender, pour in the milk and orange juice. Cover, and puree until smooth; serve.
And here are some helpful tips from Happy Foody to get your kids to actually drink the Green Smoothie.
Main course ideas-
- Spinach Pasta with Pesto Sauce. Or, if you kids don’t like pesto, try a little butter and parmesan cheese as a topping.
- Rainbow Salad– Okay most kids bawk at eating salads but I’ve found that my kids are more likely to eat salads if I shred the lettuce, toss in some peas, kidney beans, mandarin oranges, carrots, avocado, and even some strawberries and blueberries. If you kid refuses a leafy green salad, try a Rainbow Fruit Salad! You can even position the fruit on a plate in the form of a rainbow with two little dollops of whip cream at each end (think clouds). Try these ideas: Red- strawberries, raspberries, red apples, Orange- oranges, mandarin oranges or clementines, Yellow- bananas, Green- kiwi, honeydew melon, green grapes, Blue- blueberries.
- Dip– Guacamole is always a hit in this house. It’s green, lean and yummy!
- Spinach Wraps– Use a spinach wrap to make a cheese and shredded chicken quesadilla, wrap up some tofu and veggies or even try peanut butter and jelly!
- Split Pea Soup– If you are lucky, your kids like Split Pea Soup. Try adding some texture and flavor with bacon or to make it fun, cook up some alphabet, bow tie or wagon wheel pasta to toss in the soup.
- Broccoli– This is a versatile veggie that can be blended up to make a sauce, soup or steam and add some cheese to make it a side dish to your meal.
Have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day!