On March 17th, there’s no such thing as too much green. Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, the holiday where it’s perfectly acceptable to get decked out in your finest emerald-hued attire: But why stop the glorious green-ifying there? Bring your meals into the day’s celebration by getting your food looking festive—and at Plated, we believe that means finding all-natural ways to infuse the holiday spirit into your dish. Feast your eyes on these seven naturally green recipes.
1. Pesto Mashed Potatoes
For this Pesto Mashed Potatoes recipe, looking Irish means going a little Italian. Add some of this green sauce to infuse your creamy Irish dish with a welcome taste of garlic, oil, and herbs.
2. Spinach Pancakes and Corned Beef Hash
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Spinach and chives are what make these savory pancakes a beautiful bright green. Perfectly accompanied by a traditional Saint Pat’s food—corned beef hash—these pancakes’ incredible texture provide the perfect bed of flavors for your eggs and hash.
3. Emerald Eggs
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Green eggs and ham? Dr. Seuss would be proud of this Emerald Eggs recipe. Puréed with watercress, scallions, and tarragon, the yolks of these eggs turn a lovely, all-natural shade of green and offer a slight bite, undercut by the cool, neutral egg whites.
4. Green Goddess Grilled Cheese
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The wonderful color found between the slices of this Green Goddess Grilled Cheese comes from pulsing parsley, tarragon, cilantro, basil, and some lime zest (along with garlic and anchovies). Green Goddess Dressing in honor of Saint Patrick? This recipe is pretty divine.
5. Avocado Mac and Cheese
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As delicious to taste as it is marvelous to look at, this Avocado Mac and Cheese combines broccoli, peas, and spinach for fantastic results, and boasts a creamy, cheesy sauce with a hint of garlic, cilantro, and lime. Use Pepper Jack cheese to give it an extra kick!
6. Basil Hummus
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This fragrant, sweet, and nutty hummus recipe turns a deep green when you add puréed basil—and you might turn green with envy if your guests finish it all before you try it.
7. Grilled Cheese Guacamole and Bacon Bruschetta
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This delicious twist on bruschetta looks Irish enough to march in today’s parades. Top these tiny slices of bread with Cheddar cheese, a dollop of cool guacamole, a few crispy pieces of bacon, and some finely chopped tomatoes. One bite and you’ll know that the luck of the Irish is on your side.