I married into an Irish family, one where my mother-in-law would do fun things like turn all the food green on St. Patrick’s Day. It was a tradition that I happily adopted for our own little family!
Sometimes I will cook corned beef and serve more traditional Irish food for St. Patrick’s Day, but most years I just pick food I know the kids will love that is also easy to turn green! Green chicken is decidedly more exciting than corned beef, at least for the elementary school set. We’ve had many green feasts over the years and the following combination of foods is my favorite for taste, ease, and for the ability of the food to take on green color.
The Main Course: Chicken Piccata
My kids will always eat chicken piccata, and the white sauce takes to green food coloring perfectly. Even the capers are green, adding to the green theme! This year I am going to try using natural green food coloring, reducing the amount of chicken broth a bit to account for the added liquid from the food coloring.
Side Dishes: Green Mashed Potatoes and a Green Veggie
Mashed potatoes taste great with chicken piccata and are super easy to turn green. This year I’ll be turning them green using natural green food coloring (get the recipe here on Babble!).
In addition to the green mashed potatoes, I also always cook a green veggie. Broccoli, green beans, asparagus and zucchini are all great options that we’ve cooked in the past for our green feast.
Dessert: Green Lemon Bars and Sugar Cookies with Green Frosting
I love making lemon bars and turning them green it’s another super tasty food that is easy to color and really cute for St. Patrick’s Day. I tried to make lemon bars with natural food coloring but the food coloring wasn’t saturated enough to change the color without adding too much additional liquid to the recipe. I recommend sticking with regular old food coloring for lemon bars.
One of my kids loves lemon bars, but the other two don’t like lemon desserts, so we also like to make sugar cookies with green frosting! Added bonus with making sugar cookies: the kids have fun decorating them! Get the recipe for all-natural green buttercream frosting right here on Babble!
Happy Turn-Your-Food-Green Day!