St. Patrick’s Day Green Eggs and Ham

For Moms,Holidays,St. Patrick's Day
March 7, 2012

Stop the pinching this St. Patrick’s Day by dressing your kids’ meals in emerald green.

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Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn
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Your kids may know about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Muffin Man…but do they know the legend of the Leprechaun? This sly little shoemaker spends St. Patrick’s Day darting about and playing tricks on his unassuming (and much larger) human counterparts. He’s almost impossible to catch, but we like seeing his marks left on our St. Patrick’s Day menu.

In the spirit of the leprechaun, gussy up breakfast, lunch and dinner in healthy green. Because who knows, an extra boost of Irish emerald may make your kids’ eyes keener on catching him.
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Green Eggs and Ham: Instead of going the food dye route, give eggs a little green by scrambling them with a fresh and tasty pesto or spicy salsa verde. Serve alongside ham for a Dr. Seuss classic, or steak for something a little dressier. Click the image above for a fabulous basil pesto recipe.
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Grilled Cheese with Apples: Tuck a few slices of green Granny Smith apples into grilled cheeses for lunchtime. Their tart flavor will balance sharp cheddar and Gruyere cheeses wonderfully.
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Fresh Peas with Lettuce and Gnocchi: Kids will love the tender and almost chewy texture of potato gnocchi. The addition of peas, wilted lettuce and a heavy cream sauce completes the meal. Click the image above for our gnocchi recipe.
Need more green ideas for St. Patrick’s Day? Consult our list of leprechaun certified dishes below.
—By Emily Arno
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Creamy Fresh Greens Pasta Bake

This dish stars fresh spinach and kale tossed with ziti pasta and Cheddar.

Asparagus Sauce

Asparagus Sauce

An easy-to-freeze emerald-green asparagus purée perfect for topping fresh vegetables or pasta.

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Simple Asparagus Saute

Finger food for parties, or side dish for dinner.

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts with Parmesan

Brussels sprouts are traditional at British holiday tables -- make them a regular at yours, too.

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Saag Paneer

Indian paneer (cheese) is a low-fat, mild, fresh cheese that will hold its shape in this creamy spinach mixture.

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