March is just around the corner, and that means celebrations that center on the color green. Of course, green isn’t always the most appetizing food color. It makes most people think of a boring salad. How can you jazz up your green foods for a party and keep things exciting?
Whether you dress up in green or hit up your local watering hole for a pint of brilliantly colored beer, there’s nothing like ringing in St. Patrick’s Day with some festive cheer. This year, celebrate by cooking up some edible treats that are all SHAPE (and leprechaun)-approved! We rounded up bright green dishes, drinks, and desserts that serve up plenty of delicious flavor without packing in extra calories. Here are a few tips.
Jalapeno Poppers – Whether you stuff them with cream cheese or cheddar, they are sure to be delicious. Plus, jalapenos are green – no food coloring required!
Stuffed Peppers – Along the same lines, you can stuff a green bell pepper (or a poblano if you want to add some heat). Perfect stuffing ingredients include ground meat, cheese, and breadcrumbs.
Green Pizza – Other than the crust and the cheese, it is pretty easy to turn a pizza into a green dish. Sub out the red sauce for pesto and top with greens like spinach, arugula, peppers, or any other green favorites.
Guacamole and Chips – Guacamole is a great way to add green to your party menu. It’s the perfect dip for tortilla chips, pita bread, or even veggies. In fact, some raw green veggies add even more color.
Deviled Eggs – This one isn’t automatically green, but with a little creativity you can get there. Just add avocado to the filling and top with chives.
Spinach Dip – Here’s another opportunity to have a green dip everyone will love. This is a hot dip option in case you are avoiding cold dishes (like the guacamole suggested above).
Key Lime Yogurt Pie – You won’t need the luck o’ the Irish when you’re whipping up this low-cal key lime pie. Thanks to fat-free cream cheese and light yogurt, this no-bake dessert won’t max out your daily calorie intake.
Monster Veggie Burger- Veggie burgers often get a bad rap, but this wholesome recipe will change your mind. Made with chick peas, veggies, and just the right amount of seasoning, these patties are loaded with both flavor and good-for-you perks.
Green Eggs- A clever take on Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham, this easy-to-make recipe doesn’t even require fake food coloring! Instead, harness the healthy powers of a veggie like fresh kale or spinach to tinge the scrambled eggs with a green hue.
A Dish Best Served Green
At Superior Catering, we’ve got loads of ideas for green foods, so if you are having a St. Paddy’s Day bash in Southeastern Wisconsin give us a call to plan your meal. You get all the green goodness without all the dishes to clean. Speak to a party planner today at 414-671-1200.