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13 Naturally Green St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Isn’t it cool to play with the color of your favorite foods and turn them into something new for your kids? I tend to do this kind of thing a lot because I find that in addition to being fun for my little ones, it also gets them excited about eating what I make. It’s always a bit of a science experiment for me to see how things will turn out, and while there can be a lot of trial and error that is heavy on the error, sometimes the results are spectacular. The thing that I have found is that you can have festive foods without using artificial colors and ingredients! Check out these 13 naturally green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day. What is your favorite green recipe?

  • Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones 1 of 13
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    Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones are easier to make than you might think, and these ones are filled with flavor, yummy cheese and very nutritious spinach! 

    Recipe and Photo by Weelicious!

  • Mango Coconut Green Smoothie 2 of 13
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    Look at that gorgeous green color! This Mango Coconut Green Smoothie is packed with everything you'd want to start your day off right. Tons of vitamins and minerals, and is a creamy, tasty treat! 

    Recipe and Photo by Kitchen Treaty! 

  • Green Goddess Grilled Cheese 3 of 13
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    Ooey, gooey, melty cheese enrobed in extra flavorful green goddess dressing make for quite the exceptional lunch, after school snack, or dinner for St. Patrick's Day! 

    Recipe and Photo by Panini Happy! 

  • Spinach Artichoke Dip in Parmesan Cups 4 of 13
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    Parmesan cups are one of the coolest ways to serve a dish, and they're pretty easy to make at home. Serve up some Spinach Artichoke Dip in them for your St. Patrick's Day party! 

    Recipe and Photo by Diethood! 

  • Green Ice Pops 5 of 13
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    On warm summer afternoons when my kids need a pick me up, these ice pops are the way to go. Made with coconut water which has dehydration-fighting electrolytes, pineapple with all it's digestive enzymes, and of course tons of nutrient-rich kale, you know your little whippersnapper is going to get their greens and then some. There's no better way to "lick" a greens aversion than through these pops!

    Recipe and Photo by Weelicious!

  • Spinach Pasta 6 of 13
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    Fresh, homemade pasta take a little more time to make, but it is so worth the effort. I promise! Set aside some time to make this fresh Spinach Pasta with your kids this weekend and you'll be making some wonderful memories to last a lifetime. 

    Recipe and Photo by Bell'alimento 

  • Crispy Gnocchi with Pesto 7 of 13
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    Who doesn't love potatoes? I know my kids do, and I think I've heard that potatoes are an Irish staple. Paired with pesto, this Crispy Gnocchi is perfect for your St. Patrick's Day dinner. 

    Recipe and Photo by Two Peas and Their Pod! 

  • Green Goddess Dressing 8 of 13
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    Growing up, family dinners were always accompanied by a basic green salad, usually with ranch dressing. I reluctantly took the smallest serving I could get away with and doused it in that creamy ranch. Well, now I know the importance of eating your greens, and this Green Goddess Dressing makes it a joy instead of a chore! 

    Recipe and Photo by Joy the Baker! 

  • Green Rice 9 of 13
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    If your little one has an aversion to the color, I say get them involved in making it with you by letting them measure, dump and turn on the food processor to make Spinach Pesto. Sure it might make a bit of a mess in the kitchen, and you may have to do a little cajoling here and there, but I promise that when you're done and your youngster can taste how flavorful their creation turned out, that "no green food" face is going to be replaced with a big smile.

    Recipe and Photo by Weelicious!

  • White Bean and Kale Pesto 10 of 13
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    White beans and kale: Two ingredients that I most often associate with hearty winter soups. This pesto takes these two ingredients and turns them into something super creamy and tasty! Serve it up with some crostini and cut veggies for an appetizer before your St. Patrick's Day dinner! 

    Recipe and Photo by Kitchen Treaty! 

  • Green Mac and Cheese 11 of 13
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    This mac and cheese is not only super creamy and cheesy, it's packed with nutritious veggies like spinach, broccoli and sweet peas which only add to the heavenly nature of this traditional, kid friendly recipe. See, it's easy being green!

    Recipe and Photo by Weelicious!

  • Hummus Guacamole Dip 12 of 13
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    Two things you will always find in my fridge are guacamole and hummus. We love dipping our chips, bread and veggies into something flavorful and creamy. This Hummus Guacamole Dip combines two favorites that I'm certain will begin making a regular appearance in your recipe rotation! 

    Recipe and Photo by This Week For Dinner! 

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream 13 of 13
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    You can't have a fun and festive dinner without a scrumptious dessert! This Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream is the perfect way to end your naturally green dinner, and yes, it is completely naturally green and has some healthy ingredients thrown in for good measure! 

    Recipe and Photo by Detoxinista! 

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