9 Ways to Eat Green (Naturally!) on St. Patrick's Day

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Min Kwon, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Repeat after us: “Just because food could be dyed green doesn’t mean it should be.” And while we’ll gladly take a slice of a bright green cake once a year, we can’t help but feel that St. Paddy’s Day is the perfect reason to celebrate all those delicious dishes that are already green. This list is a mere smattering of our faves.

Because we all know that holiday celebrations didn’t really happen unless you Instagram them — and this bright green breakfast bowl is totally ready for its close-up.

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

A savory take on classic brunch comfort food, these pancakes actually have a creamy, custard-like texture. And corned beef hash is the perfect holiday-appropriate swap for bacon.

Tyler Florence proves that homemade pesto requires little more effort than tossing a few ingredients in the blender.

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Melissa-dArabian-Roasted-Parmesan-Broccoli

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Tara Donne, FOOD NETWORK : 2012, Television Food Network, G.P.

Melissa d’Arabian’s Parm-sprinkled broccoli could get even the pickiest kids to dig in. Coax them into trying by it taking advantage of the veggie’s green hue and calling the dish “a special treat for St. Patrick’s Day.”

FNK CUPCAKES WITH AVOCADO BUTTERCREAM Food Network Kitchen Food Network Allpurpose Flour, Baking Powder, Fine Salt, Eggs, Sugar, Unsalted Butter, Vanilla Extract, Orange Zest, Milk, Avocados, Heavy Cream, Confectioners’ Sugar

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Yup, cheery green cupcakes are possible without food dye, thanks to avocado (which pairs just as wonderfully with vanilla and orange as it does with cilantro and tomatoes — who knew?).

FNK FRIED AVOCADO BITES Food Network Kitchen Food Network Avocados, Lime Juice, Sugar, Fish Sauce, Asian Chili Garlic Paste, Oil, Allpurpose Flour, Seltzer Water, Egg, Cilantro

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Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

But, of course, if you’re the type that considers avocado a savory food and nothing else, this indulgent snack is going to be your new go-to party app.

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Matt Armendariz, 2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Apple slivers and dates add a little sweetness to the standard lunch salad of the decade.

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Lime beer cocktail garnished with lime wedges and served in a glass pitcher.

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Marshall Troy, 2012,Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

’Tis the season for raising a pint, after all — and adding a just a hint of green with lime slices is a bit more palatable than the Frankenstein-hued brews you might see in Irish bars this week.

Alex Guarneschelli's Vegetarian Stuffed and Baked Poblano Peppers as seen on Food Network’s Bobby Flay’s Barbecue Addiction, Christmas at Bobby’s Special

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Scott Gries, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Alex Guarnaschelli’s version of these subtly spicy peppers brings out their little-recognized floral notes and satisfying texture.

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