With it being St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow, we have had all things green on our minds. I’m not gonna lie, this is kind of a big holiday around here. For one thing, Ryan is Irish. Irish like, his granddad was the first generation born in America- I just realized our babies will only make the fourth generation. The second thing is, St. Patty’s is an anniversary for us. 8 years ago Ryan and I celebrated St. Patrick’s in New Orleans with friends. We weren’t a couple yet at this point. It was the heart to hearts talks the two of us shared on the trip that really drew Ryan to surprise me with flowers the morning of my birthday (the 15th). By March 17th, (St. Patty’s) we were a couple.
Needless to say, we love to celebrate in some form or fashion. When we sought out to do something different, fun, and green, I began to realize food coloring wasn’t an option for us. Just when I thought zucchini pasta might be as exciting as it would get, Ryan found a fun cocktail to make, and I found a great way to make natural green food coloring.
Turns out you can make green food coloring with spinach and it will not alter the flavor of whatever it is you are making. You just have to use more of it because it isn’t as strong toned as the store bought kind. That’s something I am definitely willing to adjust to.
All you need is:
- Two hand fulls of spinach
Place the spinach in a sauce pan and fill it up with water about 1/3 from the top. (I had used a little more than I would have liked.)
Bring to a rolling boil and then turn it low to simmer for roughly 15 minutes. This allows the water to evaporate.
Carefully pour your contents into a blender and blend until completely smooth. You may want to allow it to cool a bit first depending on your blender. Once you’ve done that, refrigerate until ready to use. If you won’t be using it within a few days of making it, freeze it and be ready to roll on a whim. Try freezing in ice cube trays for perfect portion control.
All natural green food color drinks, here we come!
Psst- The first picture in this post is of our first St. Patrick’s Day together in New Orleans 2007. Below is our 2015 family shot… taking pictures with a cat and dog in costume is no easy task, you guys.