Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Glass Block Jello (and other St. Patty's Day food ideas)

It's so much fun to eat green on St. Patricks day!  It had always been a challenge for me to find the perfect "green" food for my family to eat (since they're not into the corned beef and cabbage thing!), but I now have the best St. Patty's Day dinner's that the kids LOVE!!
It's a pretty simple meal. 

I make chicken quesadillas.  Of course we use the Spinach Tortillas (kid's can't even tell the difference) and then just fill them with shredded chicken and cheese.  Serve it with some Guacamole and sour cream, or with green salsa.
We then have a fun side to go with it.  You can just make it simple and have a green salad, or Pistachio Jello Salad, or the Glass Block Jell-O (the recipe you will get today!)

For drinks you can serve Frape or Lime Kool-aid.
And best of all...Dessert!  Here's a few of my favorites for you.  Mint Brownies, Jello Poke Cake, and Mint and Chocolate Chip Cupcakes.

Glass Block Jello
Recipe from Our Best Bites
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4 3-oz. packages lime Jello
2 packets unflavored gelatin (like Knox)
1 14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk
Spray 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Bring 4 cups of to a boil. Combine the 4 packages of Jello with boiling water and stir until Jello is dissolved.  Pour into 9 x 13 pan and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but overnight is better.
After your Jello is set, bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil.  In the meantime, sprinkle 2 packages of unflavored gelatin over 1/2 cup of cold water and allow it to stand for 4 minutes. 
When the water is boiling, pour it over the dissolved gelatin and stir to combine.  Add the sweetened condensed milk and mix well.  Let cool to room temperature.
Spray another 9 x 13 pan with cooking spray and set aside.

Cut the lime Jello into cubes and put them in the new 9 x 13 pan.  Pour the cooled milk mixture over the Jello.  Make sure they are all distributed evenly and that they are not sticking out of the milk mixture too much. 

Place in the fridge to chill overnight.  Cut into squares and serve to your little leprechauns!:)   (If you happen to have a four-leaf clover cookie cutter, that would be darling too!

NOTE:  This Jello can be made with any flavor and colors you would like.  Try red for Valentines, Red and green for Christmas, a variety for fun, etc.
Here's a picture of our St. Patty's Day meal last year....YUM!

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