Saint Patricks Day Green Dinner Menu ~ Ever since my children were young I liked to serve a totally green dinner in honour of this green themed day!
I was a full time working Mom with two busy daughters so I had to be super organized with my meal planning. My system was to Meal Plan Using Themes. Our traditional St. Patricks Day Green Dinner Menu was a once a year meal we looked forward to but I also had to be practical and super organized.
I didn’t have a lot of time to prepare a big meal from scratch after a busy day of work and I also wanted to make sure it was nutritious and balanced with most of the food groups. There are loads of green vegetables and fruits but finding quality green proteins is a bit tricky. We don’t want to even consider green meats and I didn’t want to put food colouring in everything just to make it green. The last thing to consider was I wanted to make sure I made yummy food that the family and especially my daughters would enjoy because it was a celebration dinner.
Saint Patricks Day Green Dinner Menu
Spinach Ravioli With Ricotta, Asiago, Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese
It’s a combination of purchased quality prepared foods and home cooked foods. I bought the ravioli and pesto sauce pre-packaged in the fresh food department at Costco. The asparagus, salad and milkshake took a bit of time to prepare but I was able to put this meal on the table easily in about a half hour.
It’s also a balanced meal including proteins in the ravioli, pesto sauce, salad and even the milkshake. The pasta provides some carbohydrates and between the salad and the asparagus there are loads of veggies and even a fruit. I know the milkshake has ice cream but if you check out the other ingredients you will see it also is actually pretty healthy and a nice to treat to have. When else can you have a milkshake for dinner and not feel too guilty?
The last thing I love about this meal is that it’s really pretty! There are so many greens and textures. I purchased a green tablecloth several years ago for this occasion and along with white placemats it makes lovely table setting.
This is a tradition that our family looks forward to every year. Traditions are so important for every family because it creates a connection, something to look forward to and something to create fun memories. There are the typical traditions based on our cultural backgrounds and the countries we live in but families can create their own. Not only do we have a Saint Patricks Day Green Dinner Menu every year but we also have a Traditional Back To School Turkey Supper that you might want to read too and start that tradition with your family!
How do you celebrate Saint Patricks Day? What other family traditions do you have?
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