Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Ten Green Foods to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Green is the color of St. Patrick’s Day. Everything transforms into a beautiful rich green on this day –  right from clothes and accessories to home decorations. Besides what started as a fun tradition with green-dyed rivers, lakes and fountains has turned into green drinks and food as well.

St. Patrick's Day is traditionally celebrated delicious food with family and friends. So, everything from green beer to green sausage is part of the feast on this day. Whether you want to serve a four-course feast or just nibbles with beer, here are 10 gloriously green dishes, drinks, and desserts that serve up plenty of delicious flavor.

1. Green Cupcakes
Capture the luck of the Irish with these festive cupcakes with creamy frosting that your guest will love. Cupcakes are easy to make and also easy to serve if you're planning to invite a large group. The frosting is easy to make – simply add green food color to butter cream frosting. Topped with the green frosting and colorful sprinkles, these cupcakes will have everyone in a festive mood on St. Paddy's Day.

2. Fried Green Broccoli
Broccoli already has the bright green hue of the holiday. To make this dish more St. Patrick’s Day friendly toss it in some flavorful spices like garlic and chili flakes, and serve it with sour cream. This recipe can work as an appetizer or something crispy to serve with beer. It is also very festive and easy to prepare.

3. Spinach, Chicken and Pomegranate salad
Spinach salad with chicken and pomegranate is a great way to sneak in some healthy food on your St. Patrick's Day menu. This delicious salad can be enhanced with cheese and honey, they make the dressing extra-thick and rich. Tossed in this delicious dressing, you can enjoy the classic salad as a starter course or served as a side with the main course.

4. Green Beans and Bacon
Here's a quick way to add a bit of green to a St. Patrick's Day meal – green beans and bacon. This side gets its satisfying flavor when seasoned with the right spice. A combination of sherry vinegar, garlic, lemon juice and white pepper is delicious. Serve the beans with some crispy bacon, which makes it a classic crowd-pleaser.

5. Green Masala Chicken
Simple, homey and hearty, you can serve this classic Indian main course on this St. Patrick's Day as a refreshing twist to the usual menu. This flavorful recipe calls for both chicken breasts and thighs and a good deal of spices, that are added slowly as the dish cooks. The green color comes from fresh coriander leaves used in the recipe. You can get them from an Indian food market. For a shortcut, use only chicken thighs and add the spices all at once to cut back on the cooking time. The best part is that you can walk away from the simmering pot and return two hours later to a mouthwatering meal ready for your guests.

6. Green Spaghetti with Shrimp
If want to try something different on St. Paddy's day, how about spaghetti made with zucchini? Spiralized zucchini served with classic pesto is a wonderful low-carb option if you're searching for healthy recipes for St. Patrick's Day. You'll need to have a spiralizer but it's worth as this is a great recipe to have up your sleeve!

7. Lime Sherbet Punch
This non-alcoholic party punch works great for a St. Patrick's Day celebration. You can mix the lime sherbet with pineapple juice or even soda for additional flavor. Topped with exotic kiwi or strawberry, this punch offers refreshing taste that even the kids and the entire family can enjoy.

8. Creamy Homemade Green Tea Ice Cream
All you green smoothie lovers out there will appreciate this treat for sure. Made with frozen milk, cream, egg yolks, caster sugar, and a green ingredient — green tea, this delicious ice cream is easy to make at home. Topped with a few chocolate chips, it yields a perfectly sweet, creamy, yet refreshing and festive fusion dessert.

9. Green Peppermint Candies
These candies work out great for St. Patrick's Day. The taste of the mint really shines through nicely without being too strong. After dinner, these mints are popular because of the flavor, and peppermint can help with digestion.

10. Green Beer
This list couldn't be complete without beer! It's easy to make green beer at home – simply add green food color to your favorite brew. Pale lager works best for this recipe and use liquid food color, not the gel ones used for baking. You can make a whole pitcher or keg of green beer if you're serving a whole bunch of friends.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!


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