St. Patrick’s Day recipes – with a healthy twist


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOOD) Chef Terri Rees  loveS any reason to have children involved in the kitchen, so what better reason than a Saint Patrick’s Day celebration?  Food should be fun!   She believes in eating a healthy well balanced diet, with some fun thrown in; and gets tired of everybody always asking me is it healthy?  So it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and you want to do something special, but what?

St Patrick’s Day Veggie Platter

Try an Ombre colored vegetable platter.
Get a selection of green veggies:
Green Beans
Green Pepper
Green Onions

Arrange from Dark to Light.  Add in a simple veggie dip (I used Borsin Cheese mixed with a bit of skim milk and dill)

Rainbow Fruit Tray

Let your children get in the game with this one!  It’s a perfect way to learn the colors of the rainbow, and let them play (and eat with their food!)


Purchase some fresh fruits and let your children make a fruit tray (or skewers) of the Rainbow!


Pistachio Parfaits

An easy way to add a bit of St. Patrick’s Day as dessert.

1 box Jello Pistachio pudding
Whipped Cream
Green Sprinkles (mine are leftovers from Christmas!)

Follow package directions and layer into parfait glasses alternating jello and whipped cream.  Finish with the whipped cream and sprinkles!


Healthy(er) St Patrick’s Day Drink

1 pint green sherbet
1 bottle diet lemon lime soda of your choice
1 drop of mint (if you like)
Whipped topping

Per Serving: Place 1 scoop of sherbet into a class, add 1 drop of mint if you like, fill with lemon lime soda, and top with whipped topping

Luck o the Irish Top Hats

Large Marshmallows
Chocolate fudge cookies, vanilla wafers or cookie of your choice
Chocolate Chips (16 oz), Green Candy Melts, or white baking chips
Green Food Coloring (if you want to deepen your color, or color the white chocolate chips)

Decorating pieces: Chiclets, sprinkles, white icing

Use your imagination: Melt the chocolate chips and stir until smooth – follow the package directions.
Using a skewer or Popsicle stick dip the marshmallow in the chocolate mixture and let dry.
Dip or paint the cookie with the chocolate
Using a bit of chocolate “glue” the marshmallow and the cookie together and decorate your top hat!






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