St. Patrick’s Day–Turning Food and Beer Green

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St. Patrick’s day  is almost here and I have been looking for great meal ideas for the holiday. The traditional meals on St. Patrick’s day include corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, or anything that comes with an Irish label or a leprechaun. Unfortunately I do not like corned beef and cabbage and as much as I love Lucky Charms, even though they are not the best thing for me to eat (not to mention the fact that I am not big on breakfast in the first place).

Keeping that in mind, what other options are there when you feel like being festive but aren’t interested in the traditional fare?

The solution is simple: use your imagination and mix in a bottle of green food coloring.

The following are some great ideas for turning your food green and keeping in the spirit of the day.

Starting with breakfast (for those of you who have more than just coffee), why not scramble up some eggs with a little chopped up zucchini, mushrooms and green onions. Add a couple of drops of green food coloring and you have a healthy way to start your St. Patrick’s day off right. You could make Dr. Seuss proud and go all out with green eggs and ham…ok, maybe not. But you get the point.

Me, well I will be sticking to coffee. If I were going to be staying home I would add a splash of Irish cream for fun but since I will be headed out, I think adding a drop or two of green food coloring to my creamer will add a little spirit.

Lunch, hmm, if you plan ahead you could make a loaf of bread the night before and add a little green food coloring prior to baking. This would definitely green up your sandwich for the day. However, if you did not think that far in advance, try adding food coloring to your tuna or egg salad, plus a little lettuce and you will have a very green lunch. Just for fun, you could also add a couple drops of color to your water or sparkling soda.

Dinner is an easy one, you can make almost any dinner meal green. It could be as simple as serving a nice grilled steak with some green veggies like asparagus or spinach. Or you could go the Italian route and serve up a nice green salad, some fettucine (spinach flavored so that the pasta is already colored green) with pesto or drop a few drops of green food coloring into your pot of alfredo sauce.

Turning your food green is easy and it just takes imagination and the one thing you simply cannot go without on St. Patrick’s day is a green beer. It is a tradition. Yes, I know that throughout this post I have steered away from tradition but this one is a must. Just ask all of your Irish friends, they will tell you that you can skip the corned beef and cabbage but what is St. Patrick’s day without a green beer. Or any beer for that matter.

Just like all of my other suggestions, turning your beer green is just simple. All you need is one 12oz. beer–any beer will do although lighter colored beers will display the green better and one drop of green food coloring. Add one drop of green food coloring to a clear glass and pour the beer into the glass. There you have it, a green beer. For darker beers you will not notice a change in the color as much as a change in the head on top.

I have given you a few suggestions for making this holiday green, so considering the fact that this holiday is full of lucky four-leaf clovers, leprechauns and the color green, what would you suggest I cook in order to feel festive on St. Patrick’s day?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all!

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