Holidays, Recipes

Family-Friendly St. Patrick’s Day Menu

Simple St. Patrick's Day Menu copy

St. Patrick’s Day is such a fun holiday to celebrate with children each year. Like many families, we enjoy dressing up in green, eating green food, and enjoying corned beef and cabbage. (We have also been known to break out into an impromptu Irish step dance party in the living room.)  This year’s celebration included simple kid-friendly treats and an easy traditional dinner.  Everyone seemed to enjoy this stress-free take on the menu, so I thought I would share a few ideas. Here are three simple and kid-friendly options for feeding a family on St. Patrick’s Day. 

Easy {Gluten-Free } St. Patrick’s Day Snack Mix 

st. patrick's day snack mix (1)

This is a quick mix for a fun snack option. (Measurements are estimates. Experiment according to your own taste preferences.)


  • 1 cup Limited Edition Lucky Charms with Green Clovers
  • 1 cup Pretzel sticks (we used Snyder’s Gluten Free Pretzel Sticks)
  • 6 cups plain or lightly salted popcorn
  • 1/2 cup green and orange M&Ms


  1. Add Lucky Charms, pretzel sticks, popcorn, and M&Ms  to a large mixing bowl. Stir until well mixed.
  2. Serve immediately or scoop into snack bags to share with friends.


Green Lunch on the Go

This portable lunch is simple and fun to put together, and was a hit with the kids. We picked up several green foods and combined them for a tasty and filling meal.

st.patrick's day lunch

This lunch includes:

  • A single serving of guacamole
  • Triscuits and carrots for dipping
  • Trader Joe’s light string cheese
  • a hard-boiled egg (could easily be dyed green with food coloring for an extra fun addition)
  • Green grapes (on toothpicks)
  • A mini Lara Bar (one of our favorite snacks)
  • St. Patrick’s Day snack mix (recipe above)

The lunch is packed in the Spencer Bento Box from Pottery Barn Kids, which is one of our favorite conainers for meals on the go. Throw in a green and white napkin and some water, limeade, or a lime-flavored Le Croix, and you have a simple, delicious, and healthful lunch.

Simple Traditional St. Patrick’s Day Supper 

St. Patrick's Day meal_ corned beef and cabbage

For supper, we decided to go with a traditional meal of corned beef, carrots, potatoes and cabbage steaks.


  • Trader Joe’s uncured corned beef round flat
  • Baby carrots
  • Potatoes (We used the Trader Joe’s Potato Medley)
  • One head of cabbage
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

corned beef

To prepare this meal, follow the instructions on the package. Add all contents to a large stock pot, cover with water, bring to a boil, and simmer for 3-4 hours.

trader joe's rainbow potatoes

While the corned beef cooks, cut potatoes into quarters. Add potatoes and baby carrots to the pot for the final 1 to 1.5 hours of cooking. Simmer until corned beef easily comes apart with a fork and carrots and potatoes are soft.

St. Patrick's Day_cabbage

For the cabbage steaks:  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut the cabbage into 2 inch pieces. Place pieces on a foil-lined baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 35-40 minutes, or until the edges are slightly brown and crispy.

This could be served with Irish soda bread, which is also available at Trader Joe’s.

St. Patrick's Day meal, Corned beef and cabbage

Mint chocolate chip ice cream makes a great dessert with this meal.

St. Patrick's Day Ice Cream

So, there are some easy and kid-friendly ideas that are sure to everyone in the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day. How do you celebrate? What are your favorite recipes?




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