St. Patrick's Day ~ Green Food & Beverage Fun

Looking for some fun 'green food' for your St. Patrick's Day celebration?  Then look no further. 

Whether you are celebrating the love of all things Irish for the entire week, or just for the day, on March 17th ~ here are some vibrant green drinks & foods, both savory & sweet, that are sure to please!

It's time for breaking out all the 'Kiss Me I'm Irish' t-shirts, hand knitted Irish sweaters, Clancy Brothers & Chieftains  CD's, pints of Guinness, Soda Bread, Corned Beef & Cabbage, &...  the list just goes on & on.  

Leprechauns, castles, good luck and laughter
Lullabies, dreams, and love ever after.
Poems and songs with pipes and drums
A thousand welcomes when anyone comes.
~Author Unknown

I will say to you, now, as so many will say to those they meet on the 17th ~ Cead Mile Failte!

Colors of Ireland Jello Parfait

Old Irish Saying ~ “An old broom knows the dirtiest corners best.”
(The elders in the family know the family secrets)

Colors of Ireland Jello Parfait ~ Grandma Bunni was a true green eyed, red haired, Irish lass.  She might not have been born in Ireland, but she certainly had the fiery temperament  & fierce loyalty that the Irish women are known for.  She was an amazing cook & loved making Corned Beef & Cabbage every March 17th, as well as all the foods & drinks that celebrate that day.  She was also fond of jello salads/desserts, as so many of her generation were.   This is a dessert that she liked to make for special occasions.  It's a pretty & versatile treat ~ you just change up the colors of the jello & fruit to suit the holiday you're planning for.                      


Take prepared green jello, cottage cheese (or vanilla pudding if you want a more modern spin) & diced peaches or mandarin oranges ~  Find a pretty glass & layer the ingredients as follows: your favorite green jello, diced,  as the bottom layer, cottage cheese or vanilla pudding for the middle layer & diced peaches or mandarin oranges as the top layer.  Finish it with a dollop of whipped cream & little bits of green jello sprinkled around the edges of the glass.  Enjoy as either a starter or as a dessert.

Baked Kale Chips

St. Patrick -- one of the few saints whose feast day presents the opportunity to get determinedly whacked and make a fool of oneself all under the guise of acting Irish. ~  Charles M. Madigan

You can't get any fresher or greener than this.  These Baked Kale Chips are an amazing treat.  I was skeptical when I first read about these on the Internet, but since I am trying to eat more kale, I decided to give the recipe a try.  I'm so glad I did, these are absolutely addicting!  So crispy, crunchy, healthy, easy to make & so darn tasty, too.                        Lucky me ~ Lucky you!  

Broccoli Soup

Irish Saying ~   What is Irish diplomacy?  It's the ability to tell a man to go to hell, so that he will look forward to making the trip.

If you want a quick & healthy green meal for St. Paddy's Day, try this incredibly easy, tasty & low-cal Broccoli  Soup ~ from Gordon Ramsay's cookbook ~ Healthy Appetite

Baby Bok Choy with Vinaigrette
Irish Saying ~
There are only two kinds of people in the world, The Irish and those who wish they were.
If you want a little different spin on cabbage for the big ~Luck 'o' the Irish ~ day, try this simply prepared & low-cal Bok Choy recipe from Alicia Silverstone's  ~  The Kind Diet

Traditional Irish Toast
 "May those who love us, love us; and those who don't love us, may God turn their hearts; and if He doesn't turn their hearts, may He turn their ankles so we'll know them by their limping."

If March 17th inspires you to find unusual cocktails to try & if you love the fresh taste of Key Lime Pie ~ then try this low-cal, fun & festive martini from ~ Hungry Girl

Green Tea Swappuccino  

 Irish Saying  ~  Life is like a cup of tea,  it's all in how you make it!
Looking for something smooth & creamy to kick-start your mornings?  Then try beginning your day drinking this mock Starbuck's  Green Tea Smoothie.  I think it would be a fun way to start your St. Patty's Day reveries.  Another low-cal treat from   ~ Hungry Girl

What color should be seen, Where our fathers' homes have been, But their own immortal Green?  ~~Author Unknown
If drinking something green is right up your alley for the upcoming St. Paddy's Day parties & you want something that is good for the you, the kids, is alcohol-free & really does taste just like cake batter ~ than this bright green smoothie is for you!
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