One of the best things about St. Patrick's Day is it's an awesome excuse to dye all your food green — a simple pleasure that really gets kids excited.
But this year — instead of the same old green eggs and ham — kick things up a notch with some more unique ideas. From shamrock pancakes to green macaroni and cheese, these unique recipes are sure to make it a St. Patrick's Day your kids will remember forever.
These shamrock chips are cute and super easy — with no special baking skills required.
Your kids will flip when they see these lucky pancakes on their plate. Yes, you could use green food coloring in your regular pancake mix, but we love how Spabettie ups the healthy factor by using spinach to create the green color. Check out the gluten-free, dairy-free recipe on the website.
This St. Patrick's Day bread would be perfect as a sweet treat in lunch boxes. You can get the full recipe on the website, however, she simply mixes in instant pistachio pudding mix (and a few drops of green food coloring) into yellow cake mix.
This green popcorn and pretzel party mix is positively delish. Combine pretzels, green popcorn, white and semi-sweet chocolate chips, peanuts, green candy-coated chocolates and decorating sprinkles and then melt it in the microwave.
These soft and chewy cookies are sure to get your kids in the St. Patrick's Day spirit. These would be perfect for class parties. The recipe mixes standard cake mix with green food coloring (and mint flavoring, if you would like) to create these yummy cookies.
Your kids will love this recipe because its mac and cheese and it's green — you will love it because the green color comes from healthy veggies including spinach, broccoli florets and peas. Win-win.
How clever is this? Simply take your favorite white cake mix, add green food coloring and use marbles to create this design in a cupcake pan.
After the cupcakes bake, ice them with green icing and apply some silly candy eyes to create cute shamrock cupcakes.
Your kids may turn their noses up if you tell them they are going to eat eggs and bell peppers — but if you call them "shamrock eggs" and add some grated cheese... well, that is another story. Simply slice a green bell pepper to get the shamrock shape, place the slices in a frying pan and crack an egg in the middle of each one. You can even serve the eggs with ham for a Green Eggs and Ham theme.
This is such a fun way to get your child to try different types of fruit. On a skewer, stack only green fruit — including apples, pears, honeydew melon, kiwi and green grapes. Add a green ribbon at the top for a festive touch.
If your child's birthday is around St. Patrick's Day, this cake would be perfect. If you want to attempt this gorgeous ombré cake, you can check out the full recipe — but we warn you, it is fairly labor intensive. Mastering it, however, it is totally worth it. Can you imagine your child's face when you cut into it? This cake is truly Instagram-worthy.
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Originally published March 2015. Updated March 2017.
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