37 green food recipes that don’t include artificial color

Matcha recipes
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From avocado pasta to green tea ice cream, ditch the dye and indulge in all-natural festive green foods this year.

There's really no telling how Sam-I-Am came up with the green eggs he persistently foisted upon the unnamed character in Dr. Seuss' beloved tale of discovery and acceptance. But it's safe to say that copious amounts of green food dye have gone into re-creating the dish in enduring homage to the book ever since it was published in 1960. Likewise, how much green food do you come across on March 17? And we don't mean kale and peas, we're talking concoctions like cupcakes and beer that have been dyed ungodly shades of green in honor of all things Irish. But alas, one look at the Center for Science in the Public Interest report, Food Dyes: Rainbow of Risks, should be enough to warn anyone off of vividly dyed foodstuffs.

But that doesn't mean you can't have fun with green food! On the contrary, finding the green in Mother Nature and tweaking it to its brightest potential is the ideal way to have your green cupcakes, and eat them too. Consider the following (click titles to go to the recipes):

Matcha yokan

Linguine with smoky avocado sauce

Weekday Vegetarian: Linguine with Smoky Avocado SaucePhoto: Kelly Rossiter/CC BY 2.0

Cupcakes with avocado and vanilla buttercream

Avocado© Melissa Breyer

Matcha layer cake with red beans

Mocha almond fudge avocado cake

Vegetarian pea pesto crostini

weekday vegetarian pea crostini

Creamy asparagus soup

Weekday Vegetarian: Cream of Asparagus SoupKelly Rossiter/CC BY 2.0

Banana avocado smoothie

Avocado© Courtesy of the Hass Avocado Board

Cream of avocado soup

Matcha banana bread

Pasta with kale pesto; or try this, pasta with nettles pesto

weekday vegetarian kale pesto photo

Green tea ice cream

Green tea latte float

Green tea ice cream sandwiches

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