Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Are you looking for fun and easy food to celebrate the Irish and all things green and shamrock? Well, you came to the right place. I have 3 new ideas this year (Shamrock Potato Salad, Shamrock Salad and Shamrock Egg, and a Rainbow Quesadilla with a Potato Pot of Gold) as well as 19 lunches from other years (links are at the end of this post). Plus I have a Irish Vegetarian dinner and Irish Heritage Card.
This first lunch features a fun salad of shamrock shaped potatoes, cheese, and bell pepper. If you are interested in other themed vegetable potato salads, I also have a Fall Oak Leaf Potato Salad and a Heart Potato Salad.
Left Side: Shamrock Potato Salad – peel white potatoes and cut with a shamrock cookie cutter, boil potato shapes until tender with a fork, cut green bell pepper and Cheddar cheese (not sharp because it crumbles) with a shamrock cookie cutter, use the vinaigrette of your choice (I used a mix of olive oil, Dijon mustard, and white wine vinegar).
Top Right: Shamrock kiwi (cookie cutter)
Bottom Right: Shamrock salad – romaine lettuce with mini carrot shamrocks (mini cutter)
My Dad enjoys salads for lunch. I made this simple meal with the aid of cookie cutters and a plastic cupcake ring.
Left Side: Shamrock – Cheddar cheese (cookie cutter), romaine lettuce, broccoli, snow peas
Top Right: Hard boiled egg with mini shamrock cut-out (mini cutter)
Bottom Right: Green grapes, cupcake ring
Go over the quesadilla rainbow to find a delicious twice baked potato pot of golden Cheddar.
Left Side: Rainbow quesadilla – flour tortilla with Cheddar cheese (coat frying pan with cooking spray or a little olive oil, saute over medium high heat on each side until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly browned), add rainbow with food coloring pens or a paintbrush with food coloring and a little bit of water, blueberries, sour cream in star silicone cup
Top Right: Cucumber shamrocks (cookie cutter)
Bottom Right: Pot of Gold – potato bite – boil small red potatoes until tender, carefully hollow out a hole but leave enough potato so it does not fall apart, mash removed potato with a little bit of butter, Dijon mustard (to taste), salt and pepper, fill hollowed out potatoes with mashed potato mixture, add shredded Cheddar cheese on top, bake at 375 for about 20 minutes.
2016 St. Patrick’s Day Lunches – Shamrock Rice, Shamrock Sandwich, Green Shamrock Quesadillas, Shamrock Pizza, Celtic Cross Rice with Cheddar Cheese, Cream Cheese and Olive Sheep
2015 St. Patrick’s Day Lunches – Broccoli and Cheese Shamrock hand-pie, Cheese Leprechaun, Ireland Tortilla Chip Garnish, Claddagh Ring Quesdadilla, Irish Flag Vegetables, Sheep and Lamb Stencil over Quinoa
2014 St. Patrick’s Day Lunches – Shamrock Bagel, Shamrock Rice, Shamrock Pasta, Shamrock Sandwich with Cheese Harp, Broccoli Shamrock with Rice, Irish Flag Vegetables
So cute! Thank you so much for the inspiration, I will have to pack my daughter’s lunch like this on Friday!!