St. Patrick’s Day has always been a fun holiday for me, everything from pinching the poor hapless soul who doesn’t wear green (or orange!) to chugging more than my fair share of green beer back in college.
Funny, I can’t seem to recall partaking in any other tradition for St. Patty’s day.
Must have been all those neon green liquid glutonium. 😉
Fun Family Activities for St. Patrick’s Day
My boys are itching to make some Rainbow Lava Lamps (how cool are those?):
My family now eats very differently than we did when Sam and I were first diagnosed with celiac disease (before the additional food allergies hit us smack in the face). Not being one to give up entirely on Shamrock shakes (gosh, those were goood), we now make green Shamrock Smoothies and my kiddos haven’t skipped a beat. If you are looking to make a more authentic Shamrock shake though, try this recipe for Copy Cat Shamrock Shakes from Real Mom Kitchen (just be sure the ingredients you use are in fact gluten free – this recipe can also be easily made dairy free).
Fresh Fruit Rainbow with a Pot of Gold
My kids really got a kick out of this…they polished off all the fruit in no time (it was the condition for getting to eat a couple of those gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, peanut and tree-nut free chocolate coins from Amanda’s Own Confections (click here to learn more about the ingredients and manufacturing practices).
The boys really enjoyed these coins, which I purchased instead of making my own because I’ve been having a terrible time learning how to temper chocolate (so I don’t have to keep the chocolates in the fridge) and the gluten free chocolate candy wafers don’t play well with our allergens.
If dairy is okay for your family, I highly recommend Chocoley’s Chocolate Candy Melts, they’re delicious. If you’re short on time or need colored chocolate, Make’n Mold states that their candy wafers are gluten free (available in most craft stores).
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Muffin Tin Shamrock Snacks
Green and Orange Snack Ideas: Cataloupe, Honeydew, Green Apples, Vegan Pumpkin Dip, Green Grapes, Kiwi, Orange Slices, Guacamole, Baby Carrots, Basil Hummus, Celery Sticks, Broccoli, Cucumbers, Shelled Pistachios, Cheddar Cheese Cubes, Green Goddess Dressing, Grilled Chicken Cubes tossed with Dairy Free Pesto (and perhaps your favorite gluten free pasta).
More Gluten Free Recipe Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day
Yes, you can STILL have green beer! Simply pop open your favorite gluten free pale ale and add a drop or two of green food coloring. Voila!
Corned Beef and Cabbage (this is an article on celiac.com which also shares information that will help you purchase a safe corned beef brisket.
One brand that isn’t listed, which I bought for my family is Wellshire Farms (according the company’s website, the corned beef brisket is free of gluten, dairy/casein, corn, and soy). I used the brisket recently to make this Corned Beef and Cabbage recipe and it was delish (we’d never had this traditional St. Patty’s day fare before, can you believe that?).
Straight up cabbage not your thing? Try making a Reuben Sandwich instead!
Surprise Mint Ice Cream (I’m soooo making this!)
Gluten Free Chocolate Pretzel Clovers (did you know Snyder’s has a new gluten free shape?)
What will you be eating (or drinking) on St. Patrick’s Day?
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