12 St. Patrick’s Day Breakfast Ideas, From Corned Beef Hash to Rainbow Waffles

March 17 falls on a Sunday this year, so while your kids might have a school party the Friday before, the holiday will happen while they’re home with you. If you are looking for ways to celebrate and make the day special, you can start it with one of these St. Patrick’s Day breakfast ideas. From traditional corned beef hash to vibrant green pancakes or rainbow waffles, there’s a meal here for every palate in the family.

St. Patrick’s Day is not a holiday that most children enjoy: there are no baskets of candy and Easter Bunny trinkets, and the elves are nothing like Santa and the generosity of gifts he leaves behind. So, on a Sunday, St. Patrick’s Day, it’s up to you to make the party festive. You can always attend a St. Patty’s Day parade, relax and watch festive movies together, or try your hand at making crafts. But even if you don’t do anything else, making breakfast with a green frittata and a smoothie or making a big batch of green muffins together is a fun way to celebrate. It doesn’t take much for even a minor vacation to be magical for kids.


St. Patrick’s Day Cinnamon Rolls

Homemade cinnamon rolls automatically make every day special. Roll them up with rainbow sprinkles inside and top them with a drizzle of green icing and voilà: St. Patrick’s Day cinnamon rolls.


A bright green smoothie bowl

If your kids love smoothies, serving them a bright green one for St. Patrick’s Day looks festive, while also making you feel like the parent of the year for eating fruits and vegetables. Serve it in a mug or bowl with fun toppings.


Cheese toasts

Cheese toast – which is toast with cheese and sometimes herbs or mustard on it – is a popular breakfast or snack in the UK. This recipe explains how to make them with aged Irish cheddar (um, yum!).


Rainbow waffles

Honestly, if the rainbow led to a steaming plate of waffles, who would be crazy? This stack of colorful homemade waffles will undoubtedly bring a smile to your children’s faces. All you need is food coloring and cake mix, eggs, water and vegetable oil.


Baked eggs with mushrooms and spinach

Don’t these spinach baked eggs look like little pots of gold? They will be so creamy and flavorful thanks to the parmesan, mushrooms and garlic. It may not be the most kid-friendly breakfast, but if you’re not ready to eat waffles made with cake mix first thing in the morning, make yourself some baked eggs.


Green Machine Muffins

The bright green muffins will delight your kids before school, and you’ll also like the ingredient list on these: they’re made with Greek yogurt, spinach, banana, and lots of cinnamon and vanilla for flavor. Add chocolate chips, why not?


A green vegetable frittata

This frittata recipe calls for sweet potato and kale, but if you’re planning a special St. Patrick’s Day breakfast, you can fill it with greens instead. Broccoli, asparagus, peppers and green onion would all be delicious with the eggs and cheese.


Easy Irish Soda Bread

This recipe includes whiskey-soaked raisins, which you can take or leave, but a quick homemade soda bread is perfect for toasting on St. Patrick’s Day morning.


Classic Corned Beef Hash

Whether or not your kids eat corned beef hash is of course up to them, but if you want an Irish classic on March 17, this recipe won’t disappoint.


Green Pancakes

These pancakes are supposed to be inspired by the Grinch, but replace those hearts with shamrock sprinkles or Lucky Charms marshmallows — which you can buy in bulk on Amazon — and now you have leprechaun pancakes instead.


Sausage and Guinness Biscuit Skillet

This hearty breakfast looks like something you might be served in a pub, so it’s a shoe-in for a St. Patrick’s Day breakfast. Potatoes, carrots and onions all simmer in a little Guinness for added flavor before joining with savory sausages and placing a soft homemade biscuit on top.


Baked Beans, Full Irish Breakfast Style

A traditional full Irish breakfast consists of eggs, soda toast, sausage, bubbles and squeaks (a type of potato and cabbage pancake), and, yes, baked beans. Your kids will be very amused to see one of their favorite barbecues show up for breakfast, and it’s a fun way to teach them how dishes can be enjoyed differently around the world.

Since St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, whatever you serve, it will be a lovely way to spend the morning with the family.

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