“It’s not easy being green…”
–Kermit the Frog
When I first got the assignment from ZisBoomBah.com to come up with recipes for St. Patrick’s Day the whole family would enjoy, of course my first thought was an all-green menu. When I was a kid, we loved the Shamrock Shakes, green bagels and of course the sight of the Chicago River flowing in an otherworldly florescent green.
Things change, and just as the City of Chicago no longer uses toxic fluorescein to dye the river (they now use powdered vegetable dye), going overboard with green food coloring is a bit passé.
Families of all faiths and backgrounds can get in the St. Patrick’s Day spirit by creating authentic Irish foods, such as brown soda bread and colcannon. For the preschool set, shamrock toasties are a simple 3-step project to create pretty 3-leaf clovers kids can eat!
Save going green to your wardrobe choices on Saturday—you don’t want to get pinched!
These tasty open-faced sandwiches are fun and festive for kids of all ages to make and bake.s melted. Serve warm.
KIDS CAN: Your kids can assemble the shamrocks and place them on the baking tray. Older kids can slice the green peppers with parental supervision.
I couldn’t believe how little time and effort it took to make this incredibly delicious recipe. This multigrain brown bread has earned a place in our weeknight recipe canon.
KIDS CAN: The most fun and messiest part of this recipe is reserved for kids–blending in the butter with their fingertips. Kids who understand numbers can measure the ingredients into the mixing bowl.
This recipe is the most truly green traditional Irish dish, Colcannon. Growing up in Chicago’s northeast side, I had more than my share of this rich, comforting potato dish. A cross between smashed potatoes and an odd-sounding scallion-kale pesto, the resulting oniony green mashers are welcome to any table, from Polish Catholic to Irish Catholic, to even a Jewish table every now and then. For more protein, finish high-quality crisped Irish bacon to sprinkle over.
KIDS CAN: Kids can mash the potatoes with a masher.
Based on a recipe created by local ZBB reader Tami Attard, a 2nd grade teacher and mother of two, this dish has normally “nothing green, please” kids chomping sown on these salty, crunchy chip alternatives.
KIDS CAN: Have your kids help you rinse and dry the kale leaves and sprinkle on the salt.