Happy St. Patrick’s Day! It’s a great day to have a green blog 😉
Speaking of green, I grew up with my grandma’s St. Patrick’s day meals, where everything was green — literally! Green butter, green water, green wine & beer, green horseradish — she really went all out.
The St. Patrick’s Day dinners bring back great memories, and I love the spirit and festivity, but these days, the thought of consuming all that green food coloring makes me cringe.
Fortunately, there are a plethora of green foods out there, so you can still have a green meal without artificial dyes. As an extra bonus, most naturally green foods are pretty good for you.
Here are a few ideas:
- Green cabbage — a very traditional St. Paddy’s Day food, but the traditional cooking method — boiling forever — robs it of most of the green color (and most of the nutritional value). Try it fresh in a cabbage salad.
- Spinach — try a simple saute with olive oil and garlic or fresh with your favorite salad toppings.
- Pesto — the basil gives it a fabulous bright green color. Serve with your favorite [green] veggies and pasta.
- Garnish plates or beverages with fresh herbs such as mint, basil, parsley, or cilantro.
There are a bunch of green foods not on my list, so it’s your turn! What is your favorite naturally green food?