9 Dye-Free Green Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day!

Getting into the festive spirit of any holiday is so much fun! St. Patrick’s Day is all about GREEN from clothing to hair accessories to jewelry, and of course, food! It is possible to get your whole family into the green spirit without using any artificial food dyes or other unhealthy ingredients. Have a happy and most importantly, healthy, holiday with these fun GREEN recipes!

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  • Green Mac and Cheese 1 of 9
    Green Mac and Cheese
    This Green 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!
  • Green Minty Soda 2 of 9
    Green Minty Soda
    With fresh mint and lime juice and just a touch of honey for sweetness, this virgin cocktail is a real treat for your Blarney celebration or any time of year when you want something healthy and homemade to replace that soda craving
  • Spinach Cake Muffins 3 of 9
    Spinach Cake Muffins
    Spinach Cake Muffins have just the perfect amount of sweetness and an appealing bright green color, but no intense spinach flavor.
  • Kale Pesto 4 of 9
    Kale Pesto
    I've rarely met a kid who doesn't enjoy pesto. Maybe it's the unmistakable taste of Parmesan cheese which makes it so addictive for them. Mixed into rice or pasta, as part of an Egg Pesto Melt, whipped up in an omelette, or using a good thick spread of it on chicken or fish before baking, pesto is a miracle food which makes most any food taste better.
  • PeaWee Kiwi Pops 5 of 9
    PeaWee Kiwi Pops
    These pops are awesome. And if the name itself isn't cute enough, just check out the picture above. These bright green, speckled ice pops are a treat for both the eye and tummy, insanely mouthwatering, and filled with nothing but nourishing ingredients.
  • Avocado Honey Dip 6 of 9
    Avocado Honey Dip
    There's nothing worse than sending your child to school with a lunch box packed full of fresh veggies only to have them come back home exactly the way you sent them: uneaten. My advice? Add some of this dip and see if it adds to your kid's fun of wanting to munch and crunch on the good stuff that goes with it!
  • Cheesy Green Hummus 7 of 9
    Cheesy Green Hummus
    With it's creamy texture and delicious full flavor Cheesy Green Hummus is just as tasty spread on sandwiches as it is to dunk raw veggies or pita chips in. I made a big batch of it last week and set it out before dinnertime with some chilled carrots, radishes and sugar snaps for dipping. I wasn't sure which kid would be the first one to chime in with, "yuck, its green," but for whatever reason Kenya just sat down, dipped his finger in the bowl, licked some hummus off, and declared it to be delish.
  • Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones 8 of 9
    Spinach Cheddar Chive Scones
    Who doesn't lovea perfectly flaky scone? Add some tangy sharp cheddar cheese to the mix and brighten it up with a bit of spinach and chives and you've got a fantastically tasty and green recipe to add to your St. Patrick's Day celebration!
  • Green Ice Pops 9 of 9
    Green Ice Pops
    Cooked greens can be a challenging sell, but maybe it's a texture thing -- not a color thing -- because I have surprisingly found raw to be much less of an issue with both of my kids. Whether tossed in a kale salad, blended into a green smoothie, green juice or frozen in these green ice pops, my kids love raw greens. And I let Kenya and Chloe make these pops with me so they know exactly what's going in them. I want them to know that green food can be scrumptious and getting them involved in the preparation is one of the best ways to do that.

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