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Green Food The Natural Way

Each year when St. Patrick’s Day rolls around, we get inundated with images of food in unnatural shades of green. This always makes us scratch our heads because some of the most beautiful green foods we’ve ever seen come straight from the earth, no food dyes required.

True, there aren’t that many naturally green desserts, but if you play around with kiwi, grapes, limes, mint, pistachios, and even avocado, you can probably come up with something pretty creative. And if you want to go in a completely different direction, you can surprise your kids and friends by using leafy greens in desserts.

Exhibit A: This green Rainbow Chard Cake, which gets its color from real green leaves, not food coloring. It’s a very tasty cake, not super-sweet, but delicious with cream cheese frosting.

Another dye-free dessert option is cookies with spinach frosting – no food coloring in here either! Although it sounds strange, it really tastes more like sugar than spinach. True story: We served these cookies to an entire Little League team and they gobbled them up without hesitation.

Want to make a whole green meal? Check out these beautiful green foods from our friends:

Lucky Leprechaun Dip from Lunch Box Bunch

Kale Pesto with Tarragon and Walnuts from Family Spice

Kale Pesto from Shockingly Delicious

Potato Leek and Kale Soup from Rustic Garden Bistro

Green Eggs and Ham Pizza from She’s Cookin

Green Mac and Cheese from Weelicious

Green Beer Cheese (Broccoli and Cheddar) Soup from The Beeroness

and for dessert:

Honey Glazed-Baby Kiwi Mascarpone Cheesecake from Cooking on the Weekends

Avocado Mousse with Strawberry Puree from Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Avocado Yogurt Key Lime Pie from the California Avocado Commission

Stay tuned for many more green recipes this month!

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8 Responses to Green Food The Natural Way

  1. Laura @ Family Spice March 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm #

    Green is such a glorious color, especially with Spring in the air. Love that cake. MIght have to try it for my daughter’s class! Thanks for sharing my pesto recipe!

  2. Jeanette March 9, 2013 at 2:42 pm #

    I love all these naturally green recipes for St. Patrick’s Day – how fun! Thanks so much for including one of mine 🙂

    • Jeanne March 9, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Thanks, Jeanette and Laura!

  3. Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious March 9, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    Thanks for the shout-out to my Kale Pesto! Your green collection is awesome, and I still remember all the green goodness you posted last year around this time. Go green!

  4. Kim - Liv Life March 8, 2014 at 9:23 am #

    I love that the team at them and loved them!!! I put spinach in our smoothies and my son loves them. Then he saw me put it in and said “eww!! I can totally taste it!” Mind you he’s 17… big baby!
    Love these cookies!!

    • Jeanne March 8, 2014 at 10:16 am #

      LOL – if only they knew… Thanks, Kim!


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