With a new baby in the house, getting dinner on the table and going grocery shopping have been "food adventures" in and of themselves! However, with Saint Patrick's Day right around the corning, we are planning one of our biggest food adventures of the year- The Green Feast!!
My 2 (almost 3!!) year old was born on St. Patrick's Day. When he turned one, we had a family birthday party for him a few days before his birthday. When the day of his actual birthday came around, I knew that my older kids would be looking for another celebration. I didn't want to do another cake, but did want to find a way to make the day special so we decided to have a green feast!
The Green Feast is a great way to make eating healthy foods fun!
If you decide to do a green feast, I would suggest getting your kids involved as much as possible. Take them grocery shopping and let them help pick out green foods, let them help with meal prep and decorations. Get them excited about eating green food!!
On last year's menu: Fruit salad with grapes, kiwi and honeydew, green peppers and cucumbers with guacamole and spinach hummus for dipping, sautéed zucchini with Fox Point seasoning, asparagus grilled with olive oil and garlic salt, spinach salad with avocado, yummy lemony garlic broccoli and spinach pesto pasta (recipe below!)
Spinach Pesto Pasta
2 packed cups of baby spinach
¼ cup fresh oregano
¼ cup dill
¼ cup light tasting olive oil
½ cup feta
¼ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
3 T raw pine nuts
2 cloves garlic
1 box whole-wheat pasta shells
Combine all ingredients (except pasta) in a food processor and process until smooth.
Cook pasta and then toss with pesto mixture.