Naturally Green Foods for St. Patrick's Day

Whip up one of these tasty treats, snacks, meals, or sides and your little leprechauns will be certain they have the luck of the Irish.

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Spinach Pancakes

Jennifer Causey

Spinach Pancakes

Top o' the Morning! Surprise your kids on St. Patrick's Day with these fun flapjacks.

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Over the Veggie Rainbow

Photograph By Doug Merriam, Idea By Deirdre Smith Of Jdaniel4Smom.Com

Over the Veggie Rainbow

This St. Patrick's Day snack provides a golden opportunity to entice your kids to eat fresh vegetables. To make it, fill a small bowl with naturally green guacamole. Slice four long strips of bell peppers in various colors and arrange them as shown. Cut two small cauliflower clouds, skewer each with a toothpick, then position one on each side of the peppers. Place sliced carrot coins beside the bowl for the leprechaun's pot of gold.

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Over the Veggie Rainbow

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Shamrock Smoothie

Andrew Greto

Shamrock Smoothie

This festive St. Patrick's Day treat offers nearly 100 percent of your daily vitamin C. Combine a large banana (peeled, sliced, and frozen), 2 cups honeydew melon chunks, 2 kiwifruits (peeled and cut into chunks), 1 cup frozen vanilla yogurt, and 1/4 cup tightly packed parsley leaves in a blender and puree them until smooth. Serve immediately. Makes 4 cups.

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Shamrock Smoothie

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Minty Peas

Paula Hible

Minty Peas

You can't get more green than these peas! Sauté 2 cups frozen peas in 2 teaspoons olive oil on medium for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; add 2 tablespoons fresh mint, 1 teaspoon lemon peel, and a dash of salt and pepper.

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Breakfast Pizza

Tara Donne

Breakfast Pizza

Sure this green frittata is good for breakfast, but it also makes a healthy and festive lunch or dinner. To save time, make the dish the night before; it can be refrigerated for up to 2 days. Reheat leftover slices in the microwave for 30 seconds.

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Breakfast Pizza

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Kooky Kale Chips and Dip

Kang Kim

Kooky Kale Chips and Dip

Kids will crave this vitamin-packed leafy green when it's turned into a crunchy chip and served with a dip. One recent study at Temple University found that 3- to 5-year-olds chowed down about 80 percent more veggies when they had something to dunk them in.

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Kids' Favorite Snacks

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Green Gnocchi

Kana Okada

Green Gnocchi

In 20 minutes and with only six ingredients you'll have an emerald-hued meal on the table that both the adults and kids will enjoy thanks to the pillow-y gnocchi and savory pesto.

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Cucumber Ribbon Salad

Paula Hible

Cucumber Ribbon Salad

This fun riff on classic cucumber rounds is perfect for a side dish at dinner or even an afternoon snack. To make, trim the ends off a medium cucumber, then cut it in half crosswise and peel into strips. Whisk 2 tablespoons rice vinegar, 1 tablespoon canola oil, 1/2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil, 1/2 teaspoon honey, salt, and pepper. Toss the dressing with the cucumber and some toasted sesame seeds.

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Pork with Broccoli and Hoisin Sauce

Kana Okada

Pork with Broccoli and Hoisin Sauce

Alright, so Asian food may not be the first thing you think of on St. Patrick's Day. But the broccoli in this crowd-pleasing stir-fry is all the green you need. Serve this main dish on its own or round out dinner with a side of brown rice.

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