Let your young ones experience a little St. Patrick’s Day spirit through food and bring a smile to their faces when they open their lunchboxes. These St. Patrick’s Day lunch recipes are delicious and have plenty of fun. Plus, most are quick and easy to prepare and use common pantry ingredients.
Add plenty of color to your child’s St. Patrick’s Day lunch with this fruit rainbow idea from Passion for Savings. Use any fruit you like to create a colorful snack; from apple, melon, and pear to berries, grapes, pineapple chunks, and orange segments, it’s easy to incorporate your kid’s favorites. Healthy and nutritious, the rainbow will be packed full of vitamins and antioxidants. Tip: Soak chopped fruit in citrus juice before assembling the rainbow to stop the pieces from browning.
St. Patrick’s Day Themed Avocado Salsa Dip
Children who love to nibble are sure to be delighted with this bright green St. Patrick’s Day approved avocado salsa dip from the blog Peas and Crayons. Pack for lunch with tortilla chips and a rainbow-like medley of raw chopped vegetables such as bell pepper, carrot, cucumber, and celery.
Green Goddess Grilled St. Patrick’s Day Cheese Sandwich
Keeping with the traditional green color of St. Patrick’s Day, this grilled cheese sandwich from The Girl on Bloor is loaded with delicious goodness. Packed with spinach, sprouts, and avocado alongside tummy melted cheese, it’s super healthy as well as eye-catching. Just be sure to pack it properly to make sure it’s still warm at lunchtime. Alternatively, save this idea for a weekend treat.
Mini Shamrock St. Patrick’s Day Pizza
Amaze your kids with these enticing shamrock pizzas, recipe courtesy of Once Upon a Cutting Board. Tasty served cold as well as hot, they look especially festive when topped with green ingredients like green bell pepper, spinach or pesto. Alternatively, basil leaves or green olives add splashes of St. Patrick color. You can customize the toppings though to your kid’s preference. We think multi-colored toppings for a rainbow effect would look cool too.
Shamrock Veggie Skewers
Combining the common St. Patrick’s Day themes of shamrocks and shades of green, these vegetable skewers from Two Healthy Kitchens help towards getting your kids to eat their five a day. Load the skewers with broccoli florets, slices of cucumber, sugar snap peas, and other green goodness and top with green pepper carved into a shamrock shape. Alternatively, kids with a sweet tooth are sure to love these green fruit skewers from Creative Juice.
This quirky leprechaun sandwich from My Mommy Style will almost certainly be a winning St. Patrick’s Day lunch. Easy to make in just a couple of minutes, you can use your child’s favorite fillings. Alternatively, treat your kid to the traditional taste of corned beef.
St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes
If you want to bake up some sweet treats to please your preschooler, you can’t go wrong with these pretty St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes from Taste of Home. They only need 35 minutes combined prep and baking time, making them an ideal idea for busy people.