Keen on Green | Eating for the Season

Hello March! Spring is finally on the horizon after months of cold weather and snow. There is a promise of new life with a bright green hue. The color green has always been one of my favorites; it was even one of my wedding colors and the color of the master bedroom in our first home. Also, as someone who loves to garden (include link) – green is the sign of my favorite time of year. Speaking of gardening, the first crops are some of my favorites to eat! There are some other wonderful green foods to eat as well. Here is a fun list of green foods to help enjoy Spring or to celebrate St. Patty’s Day as well.

Drinks – Green drinks can often be sugary, full of green die, or full a spinach like a smoothie. But green drinks don’t have to be limited to these. They can be fun, light and refreshing. Here is a fantastic list of some fun drinks for you to share with some fellow green lovers.

This is a great cucumber cocktail which is so incredibly fun!

This is a fantastic twist on an Apple Martini:

Here is a super fun sangria that is light and refreshing:

This cocktail contains one of my all-time favorite liqueurs – St. Germain:

This is a fantastic take on the traditional Bloody Mary:

Additionally, here are some non-alcoholic drinks for kiddos or adults alike.

This is a great option because it will taste great as a cocktail or not:

This limeade is total amazing and will be fun for folks of any age to enjoy:

Another great punch for adults and children to enjoy:

Blue raspberry lemonade is so fun and refreshing:

Here is a fun new spin on an Arnold Palmer:

Appetizers – Here are some great appetizers that aren’t made with green die or full of spinach. They are sure to bring a refreshing taste and remind you of spring. They would be perfect for St. Patty’s, Easter, or another springtime festivity.

Fun green deviled eggs without dye:

Yummy green spicy hummus:

I love antipasti! It brings back so many memories of family events growing up. This is a great way to get those flavors in a small bite.

There is so much yum in this recipe I can’t wait to eat them all summer with the veggies from my garden:

These pesto goat cheese bites are so delicious and easy to make:

Entrees – Here is a great list of entrees. There is variety, great flavor, and freshness with each one of these. They are great for family dinner or to share with friends.

I love Thai curry and this recipe is the real deal:

Good dolmades are hard to come by in some parts of the country…this way you don’t have to wait anymore!

Herbs-de-Provence bring so many memories for me. My husband and I spent some time in Aix-en-Provence on our honeymoon and it was amazing. The herbs encompass many of the smells and tastes of this region – bringing back some of the most wonderful memories!! I hope this recipe can transport you to another location as well.

I am very hypercritical about pasta recipes. However this one is really fresh and what is great is the zucchini noodles cut the carbs in half:

Good Gumbo can be hard to come by outside of the Bayou. Why not create your own?

Desserts – When I was researching desserts I was seriously drooling over these recipes. They are so fresh and delicious. I can’t wait to make these a regular rotation in my home.

Make your own mocha with this recipe. Great frozen dessert with minimal mess:

This is a stunning fruit tart which is perfect for Spring:

No-bake cheesecake… yes please!

These ice cream sandwiches look incredible and are easy to make as well:

This dessert is simply stunning and with the flavor to boot:

Honestly when I started writing this article I didn’t expect to find so many fun and delicious recipes… but I was pleasantly surprised. There was tons of variety and flavors to choose from which could make anyone’s taste buds happy and green with envy at your fantastic cooking. What I especially love is many of these ingredients can be simply grown in your garden! So celebrate the rebirth of life and fresh new colors with these fun green recipes!

Lauren Cop is a SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) of Irish Twins and Senior writer/editor of the Olive Shoe Blog. Currently Lauren and her family live in Tallahassee, FL where she helps teach at a local pre-school. A Clemson fanatic, alumni and general sports enthusiast. She loves reading, gardening, food, and traveling. Follow her Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

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