St. Patrick's Day is a holiday for both adults and children. It doesn't matter if you're Irish or Italian, you still get to wear the green and look for that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Putting together St. Patrick Day Dinners is a snap.
Traditional Irish St. Patrick's Menu
Corned beef and cabbage: add carrots and potatoes. Believe it or not, kids like corned beef and will most likely eat two out of the three side dishes, especially if displayed in separate dishes. You can buy prepared corned beef at the grocery store deli. The potatoes can be ready to heat and serve. Carrots can be carrot sticks or baby carrots. Serve with bread or rolls. This is an easy St Patrick's Day dinner if you don't want to cook.
All American St. Patrick's Menu
Hot dogs served with pickle relish, "green" ketchup and "green" mustard. Add liquid green food coloring to change both to green colors. Ketchup takes more color to change and is sort of a brownish green. Be sure to label them, they end up looking the same.
Cole slaw can be store bought or homemade. Homemade is one package of shredded cabbage or bagged coleslaw mix. Add 1/2 cup of mayonnaise, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and a tablespoon of sugar. Mix well. Salt to taste.
Use crackers with green cream cheese spread or cheese wiz/spray sprinkled with dried or fresh parsley.
Green apple salad: Here is a fast easy St Patrick's Day Recipe: 3 chopped green apples with skin on, 1 cup of chopped celery, 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, 1 cup of green grapes, 1/4-1/2 cup of mayo. Salt and pepper if desired. Mix everything together in a bowl with a fair amount of mayo coating all ingredients. Use enough mayo so that the ingredients can absorb the mayo. Refrigerate for at least two hours.
Italian St. Patrick's Menu
Spinach pasta with Alfredo sauce. Sprinkle minced parsley or basil over top for more "green" effect or your choice of plain pasta with pesto sauce. Serve pesto on the side if you want to have plain pasta for the children available, although kids like pesto sauce.
Baked French bread: Take loaf of French bread and cut lengthwise. Spread butter or margarine on both halves. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese, parsley, and basil. Bake in a 350 degree oven watching carefully. Bake until toasted.
Cooked asparagus or broccoli with melted Velveeta cheese. Caesar salad or simple garden salad with Italian dressing.
Mexican Food St. Patrick's Menu
Tostadas: Top corn tostadas with warm refried beans, cheddar cheese and shredded lettuce. Top with green salsa or verde sauce. You can add taco seasoned hamburger if you like, just end up with the green lettuce and salsa on the top.
Cheese Quesadillas topped with sprinkled parsley or cilantro.
Nacho cheese dip: Melted pasteurized process cheese spread with green color added.
Guacamole: Homemade or store bought. Guacamole is easy to make, simply mash an avocado. Add finely chopped onions and tomatoes and hot sauce. Serve with tortilla chips
Corn muffins- Use favorite corn muffin mix add diced green bell pepper or chopped cilantro, jalapeno and/or cheese. Any combination works well. You can add some green food coloring if you like. Bake following the muffin mix directions.
Dee Power is the author of several nonfiction books. She loves to cook healthy dinner recipes, http://www.deesdeliciousdinners.com and come up with party ideas for kids, http://www.partyideaskids.com. She lives with her two dogs, Rose the Irish Setter and Kate, the English Springer Spaniel.
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