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Go Green this St. Patrick's Day with this Surprise Ingredient

No one will ever know!

One of my favorite things to do on St. Patrick's Day is make green food. It's fun. It's festive. And it can be done using one of my favorite ingredients.

Spinach. 

That's right, spinach. Don't crinkle your nose. I'm not talking about the overcooked, dark green ball of mush your mom used to make you eat. I'm talking about the fresh baby variety that's now sold in produce departments everywhere. 

Bagged baby spinach is a fabulous addition to almost anything. I use it as lettuce on my burgers and sandwiches. I chop it up and add it to my morning eggs. I even use it as a base for most of my salads.  

According to NutritionData.com, a cup of raw spinach is just 7 calories and and a very good source of dietary fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper and manganese. To call it a "super food" wouldn't be an understatement. 

This naturally green food is a fun way to add a splash of green to your St. Patrick's Day festivities. So ditch the green food coloring and try these 3 festive ideas:

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Simple Green Cupcakes

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line 15 muffin tins with liners and spray with a bit of non-stick to be safe. Note: It's probably not necessary but I’m over-cautious.

Puree the applesauce and spinach in a food processor or Magic Bullet.

Dump the cake mix and spinach puree in a large bowl.

Beat with an electric beater for 2 minutes on medium until the batter is combined.

Separate the batter into the 15 cup cake liners. Add sprinkles if you like.

Bake for about 20 minutes and then enjoy and admire your festive green cupcakes!

Click here for more information and pictures of Simple Green Cupcakes

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Green Eggs and Ham

  • Handful of baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • 2 eggs
  • Your favorite ham or Canadian bacon

Puree the spinach and water. Add the puree to the eggs and scramble. Warm the ham in the skillet once the eggs are finished. 

Serve a simple dish of Green Eggs and Ham. 

Click here to see a video of me and my son making Green Eggs and Ham.

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Fruit Based Green Smoothie

Many of you may not believe this, but adding baby spinach to a typical fruit smoothie does not change the taste at all, and it makes the most wonderful green color. 

  • 1 dried date, pit removed or a handful of raisins
  • 2 clementines peeled
  • 1 cup of raw spinach (30g)
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened non-fat yogurt (52g)
  • 10 ice cubes

Blend until smooth.

Click here for more information and pictures of Fruit Based Green Smoothie

Bonnie Mogavero March 14, 2011 at 03:41 PM
My favorite thing to do at St. Patty's day was to add green food coloring to the dinnertime mashed potatoes and a few drops in the kid's gingerale. I just might try the green eggs and ham dish this week, sounds healthy and fun; a great combination.
Roni March 14, 2011 at 08:24 PM
Love the mashed potato ideas! Pureed green spinach would work great for that too! I may try it!

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