Friday, March 4, 2011

Quick Tips to Green Over your St. Patrick's Day & Giveaway

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Thanks to the Supermarket Guru, Phil Lempert and ConAgra Foods, I'm helping to share some tips on how to “Green Over” your St. Patrick’s Day meals. From Leprechaun Cereal to Patrick’s Pudding, Phil Lempert provides great insight on how to spruce up your St. Patty's Day grub from morning until night, the quick and easy way!


YOUR GREEN-OVER TOOL – Head to your local supermarket and buy a one ounce package of liquid green food coloring. McCormick has a special “Green” one-ounce package that is recommended. Remember – a little coloring goes a long way so just using one or two drops may be enough for each of the “green recipe ideas” that follow. Also, lighter foods (like bread, milk, popcorn and pasta) the better and brighter the color green becomes.
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Start by adding a dash of color! It's easy being green when you add this food color to your favorite treats especially for St. Patrick's Day.


BREAKFAST

~Lucky Leprechaun Cereal: Serve up a portion of Lucky Charms cereal and add a couple drops of green food coloring to the milk to get those Leprechauns started (both the milk in the glass and in cereal)!

~Green Morning: For the adults in the family, add 2 or 3 drops of coloring to Egg Beaters to whip up a green omelet, and load the insides with green peppers, broccoli and scallions. If you are really adventurous, bake your own green bread by just dropping two drops in the bread mix. Also, try adding a couple drops to whipped cream cheese – stir thoroughly and serve on toast or a bagel.

~Green No No’s: Forget about adding the green milk to your coffee; this will just result in a cup that looks like a cross between mold and moss.


LUNCH

~Pack It Up Green: Load up your children’s lunch boxes with lots of green – everything from celery sticks, green juice (try coloring a light colored apple juice), and green cheese (a light colored cheese is recommended here as well).

~Shamrock that Sandwich: Put a slice of Swiss, mozzarella, white colored cheddar or Monterey jack on top of ham or other sandwich meats. If you prefer vegetarian, try Light Life Smart Deli Turkey, Bologna or Ham varieties. Before you close up the sandwich, take a clean new paint brush and add a few drops of food coloring in a saucer. Paint a shamrock, smiley face, or even your child’s name on the top of the cheese. Let it dry, then leave the top slice of the bread off and saran wrap the sandwich for a surprise when they open their lunch box!

~Patrick’s Pudding: For a fun and colorful afterschool snack, drizzle 1 or 2 drops of green food coloring over Snack Packs Vanilla pudding. For those with an extra sweet tooth, add a touch of Reddi Whip with a handful of green sprinkles.


DINNER

~Pasta Verde: It’s all about the pasta! After you cook your spaghetti, rigatoni or even ravioli, rinse the cooked pasta and then BEFORE you add any oil or other sauce, add 3 or 4 drops of food coloring to the pot and mix in with the pasta. For the best visual, put the sauce (of course pesto will be the truest to the celebration) on the plate first, and lay the green pasta on top. Add some green veggies for extra flavor.

~Shamrock Your Sides/A Green Alternative: If pasta isn’t your thing, how’s chicken or fish? Drizzle 1 drop over your meal. For sides, add 1 or 2 drops of food coloring to mashed potatoes, white rice or a light colored sauce.


These are just a few!!! Be creative and add some Green to your St. Patrick's Day!
I love to make shamrock sugar cookies and green popcorn for my kids for a great snack too.
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76 comments:

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I always make corned beef and cabbage for dinner.
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rubynreba said...

We usually just make cut out shamrock cookies and frost them and be sure to wear an item of clothing that is green!
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We celebrate with a party! We are all Irish!
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IT'S MY SON'S BIRTHDAY, AND WE ARE IRISH, SO WE WILL BE CELEBRATING THAT! WOOHOO! SO PROUD.

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I want to teach my kids about the origination of St. Patrick's Day.
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MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

CORNED BEEF N CABBAGE

slb3334 said...

By going to the parade.

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I am making Irish soda bread and going out for corned beef sandwiches.
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my husband and i will be cruising local bars drinking a little green beer
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I'm going to wear a shamrock pin, cook corned beef, and drink plenty of beer.

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tia said...

We go out every year for corned beef and cabbage dinner.

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llinda29 said...

going to celebrate St.Patrick's Day buy going to a parade

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Raven In A Blue Room said...

I look forward making my special brisket for St. Patrick's Day

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We make corned beef and Green cabbage.

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Denise S. said...

I will probably make some green colored treats.
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BusyWorkingMama said...

We're going to try to remember to wear green :) We're bad at actually celebrating St. Patty's day!
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Anonymous said...

We will be baking cupcakes with my nieces!

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Storm, The Psychotic Housewife said...

I just finished up a batch of green cupcakes with shamrocks on top of them! That's about the extent of our celebrating here, alas!

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Elka said...

green tip - Use appliances like washer, dryer and dishwasher at night to save on energy
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Julie D said...

Corned beef and cabbage, of course!

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Rachel R. said...

I'm wearing green and will have some green beer :)
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Chisum Crew said...

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Shawn said...

We won't be doing much for St.Patrick's day but I do always at least wear green to celebrate the day.

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Leslie S. said...

We are having green omelets and green milk for diner tonight.My 4 kids have been busy making shamrock placemats today.Thanks!
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Jennifer Neal said...

cereal with green milk for breakfast :) green beer with dinner

Anonymous said...

we will be eating green eggs and ham
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susansmoaks said...

i am celebrating st patricks day at home with the kids
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Gianna said...

Green frosted cupcakes.

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