The Eating O’ The Green

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A reader made the suggestion of taking Saint Patrick’s Day eating to all new levels:

Have a green feast!

But this isn’t any green feast produced through artificial means. No, ma’am. No sprinkles or food color here.

This is how many green fruits and veggies can you put on your plate. I love it!

I know, it’s not Irish. And I’m all about authenticity. Sometimes. But not here, here, or here. When it comes to eating, sometimes we can embellish, and take the spirit of the law.

Here’s a list of naturally GREEN foods you might want to dish up tomorrow:

  • kiwi
  • green grapes
  • honeydew melon
  • green apples
  • avocado
  • cucumbers
  • green peppers
  • zucchini
  • celery
  • spinach
  • kale, chard, bok choy, sorrel, collards
  • cabbage (green and Napa)
  • lettuce
  • green onions or scallions
  • fresh herbs
  • basil pesto
  • broccoli
  • green beans
  • peas

Funny how all the green foods are all plants. I consider that a good thing, since I don’t think most of us (self included) eat as much of the plant kingdom as we should.

And what a fun way to celebrate the wearing o’ the green. Dress up your plate!

Did I miss any green food?

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  1. Limes! 🙂

  2. I think it’s funny that people go to great lengths using food coloring to make foods green for St. Patrick’s Day when there are so many naturally green (healthy) foods available!

  3. Charity L. says:

    Green tomatoes….salsa verde!

  4. Asparagus! It’s in season right now! And you mentioned basil pesto. You can also make spinach pesto (or pesto with numerous combinations of greens and nuts) OR put fresh basil in salad. mmm….

  5. I may try to make this bento lunch idea for tomorrow. Not a school day but that should help maintain the presentation!

  6. My favorite green – baby arugula! I guess that’s technically an herb, so you didn’t miss it, but it’s so delicious that it’s worth a special mention :-).

  7. Love the list! Add some cilantro and we’ll have ourselves a meal 🙂

  8. These greens are my favorite. I agree that we should use green food and not dye.
    Happy St. Patricks Day.

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