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5 Shamrock Shaped Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

5 Shamrock Shaped Foods for St. Patrick’s Day

Get lucky with these shamrock-inspired ingredients

1. Tortilla Chips

Using a cookie cutter, you can stamp out shamrock-shaped tortilla chips and serve with a bright green dip like guacamole!

2. Shamrock Soft Pretzels
Put a St. Paddy's Day twist on homemade soft pretzels by shaping them into shamrocks. Green mustard as a dip adds an extra-festive touch.

3. Shamrock Pull Apart Cookies
These adorable shamrock cookies will brighten up your St. Patrick’s Day party and will do so with ease!

4. Shamrock Sandwiches

Using that same cookie cutter, you can make an average lunch a little luckier. Use it to cut away crusts and shake up your ordinary sandwich!

5. Sliced Bell Peppers
Perhaps bell peppers are just naturally lucky. Slice them up and you’ll have an automatic shamrock cutout to put atop your pizza.

5 Green St. Patrick's Day Desserts for Good Luck

Who needs a pot of gold when you've got green velvet cupcakes?!

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Let’s face it — on any other day of the year, green food would be alarming. On St. Patrick’s Day, though, it is a must. Whether you’re celebrating with a beer or you’re hosting a shamrock-themed party, these green-colored sweets are sure to bring you some luck this year.

Though finding an actual rainbow to put these under might prove impossibile, these bright green cupcakes are sure to add a magical touch to your St. Patty’s Day spread. Follow Food Network Magazine’s lead and top yours with an assortment of green-colored sprinkles and jimmies or add some gold M&M’s to turn them into miniature pots of gold. Who knows — a leprechaun (or two) may even show up!

Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

This may look like a basic frosted cake when you first place it on the dessert table, but one slice and all your friends will be amazed by it’s marbled green interior. To achieve this effect, you’ll use a large fork to poke holes into your baked cake and fill them with zesty lime gelatin. Give your guests even more variety and make our spiked Irish Cream Poke Cake too!

Fans of pistachio ice cream and gelato won’t be able to resist grabbing an extra-large slice of this nutty cheesecake. You’ll use pistachio paste to make the creamy batter and roasted pistachios to make the buttery crust. Trust us — everyone will go absolutely nuts over it, plus its light pastel color is a subtle way to follow the festive green-food theme without being too in-your-face.

There’s so much more to avocados than avocado toast and guacamole. Take this creamy frozen pie for example! You’ll whip avocados with coconut cream, lime juice and lime zest to make the pie’s fluffy filling and top with coconut whipped cream for an even more exotic touch. It’s a tasty way to add some variety to your typical dessert lineup plus, you can easily assemble and freeze it the night before to save time if you’re heading to the big parade on St. Patrick’s Day morning.

Inspired by one of McDonald's cult favorite drinks, these vanilla and mint-flavored milkshakes are a fun and nostalgic way to add a non-alcoholic drink option to your party menu.

Irish Dinner Menu for St. Patrick's Day

Bet you didn't know you could put together a complete Irish dinner so quickly and easily! Potatoes, corned beef, and cabbage all cook together in this super-fast skillet. That's enough for a meal in itself, but why not throw in a yummy twist on Irish soda bread for an extra-special celebration? Finish the meal off with a traditional cup of Irish coffee and you'll be paying homage to good ol' St. Patty's Day in a very tasty way!

This list of easy Irish recipes allows you to pick and choose your favorites to craft a traditional Irish dinner your family is sure to love. Whether you're celebrating your Eire roots or just planning a St. Patrick's Day menu, these yummy and homemade recipes will keep your belly full. You're sure to love the appetizers to start it off, and not to mention the St. Patrick's Day desserts that will have everyone celebrating in style!

Mint Chocolate Oatmeal

303 calories, 4.5 grams sugar, 5 grams fat, 33.6 grams carbohydrates, 26.7 grams protein

These minty green-colored oats make a festive St. Patrick&aposs Day breakfast. The mint and chocolate flavors go hand in hand to boost the oats with an almost dessert-like flavor, while chia seeds add nutritional value in the form of omega-3s and fiber.


1/2 c. oats mixed with 1 1/2 c. water

Microwave 1/2 c. oats with 1 1/2 c. liquid (water or milk). After oats are cooked add chia seeds, protein powder, mint extract, cacao powder, and food coloring. Mix all together. You could make the oats night before and refrigerate overnight for cold oats or cook in the morning and enjoy hot. For the chocolate frosting, mix 1 scoop SunWarrior Vanilla Protein Powder, 2 tbsp. cocoa powder, stevia, and water.

Raw Food Recipes for St. Patrick's Day

Green Pea Soup

Go for the green on St. Patrick's day with this Green Pea Soup. It's a tasty raw food recipe that uses minimal ingredients and takes just a few minutes to prepare.

Vegan Copycat Shamrock Shake

This delicious 3 ingredient Vegan Copycat Shamrock Shake tastes like the one you can buy at a popular fast food restaurant, but without all the sugar! There is no added sugar in this whole food shake and it comes together in just a few minutes.

25 good-for-you green recipes

Smoothies and drinks

Vegan Shamrock Shake

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (or any day, really) with a green shake that’s loaded with creamy avocado and refreshing mint. It’s sure to make your day extra lucky.

Get the recipe: Vegan Shamrock Shake

Aloe Vera Detox Drink

Wake yourself up naturally with an aloe vera, basil, cucumber concoction. Hydrating, vitamin-rich, and detoxifying, it’s a worthy swap for coffee or tea.

Get the recipe: Aloe Vera Detox Drink

Green Smoothie Bowl

Made from green fruits and veggies only—kale, spinach, pear, and cucumber—this vibrant bowl will help start off your day on the right note.

Get the recipe: Green Smoothie Bowl

Avocado Smoothie Bowl

The unbelievably thick and creamy consistency might be enough to convince you that you’re eating ice cream for breakfast. Don’t be fooled—it’s just nutrient-packed avocado!

Get the recipe: Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Supercharged Green Smoothie

This kale-pineapple smoothie blend is amped up with a spoonful of coconut oil for extra energy.

Tropical Green Popsicles

Though just as colorful as the kind you’ll find in the supermarket, these DIY green popsicles blow store-bought options out of the water. Blend a dreamy base of ripe mango, thick avocado, sweet banana, and nutrient-packed spinach, then pour it into popsicle molds to freeze.

Savory dishes

Detoxifying Green Soup

Juice cleanses are so 2015—soup cleanses are the detoxifying trend du jour. The concept is simple: combine a bunch of nutritious vegetables in a soup, blend it until velvety and smooth, and enjoy. Here, key ingredients broccoli, kale, watercress, and parsley come together in a gorgeous verdant hue.

Almond–Green Bean Soup

While we’re on the subject of soups, why not try one made from green beans? Though a little non-traditional as soups go, the beans work beautifully when paired with another leafy green, like kale, plus almonds.

Kale Caesar Salad

Upgrade to kale instead of iceberg, fresh dressing instead of bottled, and bacon and avocado instead of croutons for a Paleo-friendly version of the classic Caesar. Free of dairy and gluten, it’s a perfect lunch or dinner for primal eaters and gluten-free foodies.

Get the recipe: Kale Caesar Salad

Crunchy Brussels Sprouts Slaw

Ready for a new way to eat your Brussels? Try them shaved and raw, as in this fresh slaw with Granny Smith apples, radicchio, dried cherries, and a tangy mustard vinaigrette.

Broccolini Salad

In just 15 minutes, you’ll be done whipping up this easy side. Sauté tender broccolini, whisk together a quick dressing, and slice some cherry tomatoes—that’s it!

Get the recipe: Broccolini Salad

Cucumber-Seaweed Salad

This light and refreshing combination of cucumber, red radishes, and various seaweeds is one of the most popular appetizers in Japan. Serve it alongside grilled seafood for a fresh weeknight meal.

Coconut-Creamed Spinach

The traditional recipe for creamed spinach calls for heavy cream and lots of butter. Here, we’ve swapped in coconut oil, coconut milk, and nutritional yeast for a dairy-free alternative.

Brussels Sprouts With Sour Cherries, Prosciutto, and Hazelnuts

Compound ghee—clarified butter mixed with garlic, sour cherries, apple cider vinegar, and honey—really makes Brussels sprouts shine. Salty prosciutto and crunchy hazelnuts add an extra depth of flavor.

Marinated Green Olives

For a crowd-pleasing hors d’oeuvre, marinate jarred green olives in warm olive oil, and add herbs for a little extra flavor.

Hawaiian Edamame

A sweet-and-spicy sauce—made from coconut aminos, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, and coconut sugar—takes the classic finger food to new heights.

Get the recipe: Hawaiian Edamame

Spirulina Tapenade

With loads of garlic, olive oil, a hint of tamari, and ginger, spirulina masquerades as a sort of tapenade. Slather it on sandwiches, or serve it alongside fresh bread and crudités for a sophisticated aperitif.

Get the recipe: Spirulina Tapenade

Salt and Vinegar Brussels Sprouts Chips

The outer leaves of Brussels sprouts make perfect little chips when oven-roasted. Adding olive oil, Himalayan pink salt, and apple cider vinegar gives this gluten-free snack a lovely tang.

Spirulina Risotto

Spirulina instantly turns most dishes green. This traditional risotto is no exception—with some zucchini and other veggies added for even more nutrients.

Get the recipe: Spirulina Risotto

Sautéed Green Beans and Snow Peas

Our friend the green bean pops up again, this time paired with snap peas, snow peas, purple potatoes, and red onion for a tasty and colorful side dish.

Green Wellness Bowl

What do broccoli, kale, pea shoots, avocado, and cucumber have in common? They’re all green and they taste lovely together when dressed in a simple spirulina vinaigrette.

Pine Nut Chimichurri Sauce

The classic Argentine steak sauce harnesses the bold flavors of garlic, parsley, pine nuts, and vinegar. Use it as a marinade for grilled meats, or add a dollop to a medium-rare steak.

Get the recipe: Pine Nut Chimichurri


Raw Matcha Ice Cream Cake

All it takes is two tablespoons of matcha green tea powder to give raw coconut milk “ice cream” a delightful seafoam tint. Rich coconut milk forms the base, while almonds, honey, and coconut oil come together as a crust.

Matcha-Chocolate Coated Snack Sticks

Here’s our take on a classic Japanese biscuit treat that typically comes dipped in milk chocolate, but ours uses a matcha white chocolate coating.

Matcha Chia Pudding

Omega-rich chia seeds already pack a powerful, energy-boosting punch, but green tea powder amps it up with a little caffeine kick, making chia pudding equal parts sweet treat and healthy snack.

Maca Matcha Milkshake

Skip the sugar-filled green milkshake that’s so popular this time of year in favor of an almond milkshake flavored with matcha, vanilla, and honey—all jazzed up with mood-boosting maca.

Get the recipe: Maca Matcha Milkshake

These just might my favorite idea! She uses whole-wheat English Muffins for the bottom and a mix of cream cheese and cheese for the center and tops it off with fresh cucumber slices. And don’t forget the Italian parsley for the top. To read how to make these for your next party or school lunch go to Will Cook For Smiles.

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Wow, Melissa, you are so creative. You have created art with food here. I love the rainbow and all of the green that jumps off of the page to put everyone in the mood for spring and St. Paddy’s!

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With St Patrick’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to put together a list of some craft and food ideas that your kids would love. I have done quite a few St Patrick’s Day posts over the past two years, but I searched the internet to find some additional posts from some of my favorite bloggers. I’ve searched high and low and found some of the cutest crafts, food ideas and activities to make St Patrick’s day extra fun for your little ones. I was never into St Patrick’s Day until I had kids but they love love it and so I love it. Although we don’t have a leprechaun come to our house, we do love leprechaun crafts and rainbow foods.

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St. Patrick's is the day for traditional Irish foods—hale and hearty fare to fill stomachs and keep energy levels up. No list of main course recipes would be complete without these dishes. Although in the United States it is traditional to eat corned beef and cabbage, there are many other superb Irish dishes from which to choose, including Ireland's famous shepherd's pie.

Give Dublin Coddle a try—a layered dish consisting of bacon, pork sausage, and potatoes. Or Ireland's national dish, Irish stew, which is a comforting bowl of lamb, potatoes, onions, leeks, and carrots. And we all know a pint of Guinness is traditional on St. Patrick's Day, but did you know you can also cook with it? Beef and Guinness pie combines a delicious Irish beef stew with the country's signature beer, which is then baked under a flaky pastry crust.

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Heard of the blue plate special? Well, this meal is the St. Patrick's Day special. And we have it every year in Chicago 'cause we spend every St. Patrick's Day there, marching in the parade and enjoying the great food and festivities!

What You'll Need

  • 1 (3-pound) uncooked corned beef with pickling spices and juice
  • 1 1 / 2 cups water, divided
  • 1 cup beer
  • 1 large head cabbage, quartered
  • 4 large carrots, cut into 3-inch chunks
  • 6 potatoes, peeled and cut in half
  • 1 / 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 / 4 teaspoon black pepper

What to Do

  1. In a 6-quart pressure cooker, p lace corned beef with pickling spices, 1 cup water, and the beer. Securely lock lid and over high heat, bring to full pressure reduce heat just enough to maintain pressure for 60 minutes. Perform a quick release.
  2. Remove lid place corned beef on a cutting board cover to keep warm.
  3. Add remaining water and remaining ingredients to pressure cooker. Securely lock lid and over high heat, bring to full pressure reduce heat just enough to maintain pressure for 4 minutes. Perform a natural release.
  4. Remove lid with a slotted spoon, remove vegetables to serving platter. Slice corned beef against grain and serve with vegetables.


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I'm going to cook this in my slow cooker, about 8 hours.

If your looking for a pressure cooker check out QVC. I have two, a 4 qt and 6 qt. they come in handy.

The funny thing is that I was raised by a mother and father from Ireland. My mother passed away after a stroke when I was five and she was 40. But, thank God, my father remarried two years later (after I went through two years of hell and loneliness). I loved my stepmother, who was also from Ireland. And, I never, once, had corned beef at home. Never tasted it until I was an adult. We would have ham and cabbage, though. It was said the when the Irish immigrants came here, they couldn't afford the corned beef at the Jewish Deli so they stuck with ham. They had pigs in Ireland, so, they could have ham once in a while. Not too often in my parents' day. Meat was too expensive over there, too.

I've never bought a pressure cooker simply because the one we had, at home, in the 50's blew up in my mother's face. I'm sure they're safe today so, I must venture out to buy one. No, I doubt that I'd venture out to buy one. I'm an Internet purchaser. I don't like trying on clothes etc. So, Internet, here I come.

My first corned beef dinner and I could not have asked for an easier, more delicious recipe. My husband could not get enough. St. Patrick's Day is even better now. Thank You!

OK, I made this tonight so can now give an intelligent review. I made this exactly as directed with one small difference - I add an extra tablespoon of pickling spice to the pot, as we like that stronger flavor. Next time I will ad a bit of extra time, maybe 15 minutes, to the beef and subtract a bit from the vegetables. They were a bit too mushy and the beef still a bit tough, but it was still very edible and delicious. I have made corned beef on the stove top, in the oven (braised) and in the crockpot and this is the best!

added and add, duh. No way to edit.

Did you use a flat or point cut brisket? I bought a point cut and have been told it takes much longer when boiling. Will I need to increase the cooking time in my pressure cooker? I, too, LOVE my pressure cooker.

I love my pressure cooker! I tried this a couple of years ago in my pressure cooker and see where I went wrong. I included the potatoes with the meat and didn't cook it as long, so I had tough meat and mushy potatoes. I'm glad to have an actual recipe to use, and this makes more sense. Thanks!

Thank you Mr. Food. I just bought a pressure cooker and I would love to see more PC recipes.


Thank You Mr. Food I'm sure going to give it a try. Kitrina Lakin

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