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17 Green Foods You'll Actually Want to Eat on St. Patrick's Day

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Drinking green beer seems like it might be, if not a good idea, then at least, an okay idea on St. Patrick’s Day—at first. Against your better judgment, you convince yourself to partake thanks to an internal monologue studded with plenty of enthusiasm, but little logic: It’s green! It’s festive! Everyone’s having one! It’s a celebration! Green food was fun as a kid, and green beer is the awesome adult version!

But then you're a sip or two in, and you’re all too aware that green food coloring doesn’t hold the same magic for you as an adult, in cheap beer, as it once did for you as a child, in green scrambled eggs.

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All is not lost. First, set down the green beer and order a beer that tastes good to you. Next, plan a menu packed with green foods that people actually want to eat—no food coloring required.

Here are 17 dishes that prove green food can still be great:

Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto and Burrata
Spaghetti Squash with Kale Pesto and Burrata
Macaroni Peas
Macaroni Peas
Spinach, Mung Bean, and Millet Burgers
Spinach, Mung Bean, and Millet Burgers
Roberta's Parsley Cake
Roberta's Parsley Cake
Avocado Toast
Avocado Toast
Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk
Collard Greens Braised in Coconut Milk
Green Rice
Green Rice
Matcha Swiss Roll
Matcha Swiss Roll
Milk-Braised Beet Greens
Milk-Braised Beet Greens
Minty Pea Purée on Toast
Minty Pea Purée on Toast
Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup
Heidi Swanson's Spicy Green Soup
Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s Grasshopper Shake
Jeffrey Morgenthaler’s Grasshopper Shake
Julie Sahni's Curried Avocado with Garlic and Green Chiles
Julie Sahni's Curried Avocado with Garlic and Green Chiles
Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Anna Thomas' Green Soup
Spanakopita Grilled Cheese
Spanakopita Grilled Cheese
Matcha Snickerdoodles
Matcha Snickerdoodles
My Mother's Lebanese Tabbouleh
My Mother's Lebanese Tabbouleh

Tell us: What green foods will you be eating on St. Patrick’s Day?

Tags: green food, st paddy's day