How to Make a Meal of One Color

One color meals can be great fun for kids, or you can use them to celebrate a special festive occasion, such as St. Patrick's Day. If you're making it for kids, get them involved in choosing the foods; you never know, it might present a good chance to have them eat something they don't usually like!


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    Make an all-green meal. This is probably one of the easiest because a lot of plants are... green! It's suitable for a St. Patrick's Day meal and for an eco-theme. This meal could consist of:
    • Peas, beans
    • Broccoli
    • Cabbage, Brussels sprouts and variants
    • Cucumber, zucchini (courgette)
    • Lots of other green vegetables you have available
    • Green-dyed mashed potato, or use pesto to make the mashed potatoes green
    • Green-dyed bread
    • Green eggs
    • Meat with pesto or something similar on it
    • Grapes, green apples
    • Practically anything flavored with lime
    • Green apple juice, celery juice
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    Make an all-yellow meal. An all yellow meal would be ideal for representing a sunny day or something bright and happy. Suitable choices for the plate include:
    • Corn (whole kernel or corn on the cob is preferred over cream style for a more vibrant yellow)
    • Yellow bell peppers/capsicums
    • Squash
    • Pineapple
    • Mashed potato or yellow boiled potatoes
    • Yellow zucchini (sometimes labeled "yellow squash" at grocery stores)
    • Pasta
    • Scrambled eggs
    • Yellow cheeses
    • Practically any dessert food flavored with lemon
    • Mountain Dew or similar fizzy drink
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    Make an all-purple or blue meal. Purple can be good a regal meal, and everyone can dress up as royalty. Items for the plate could include:
    • Eggplant (aubergine)
    • Purple cauliflower
    • Purple potatoes
    • Purple carrots
    • Blueberries
    • Boysenberries
    • Purple dyed bread/cake (some berries will dye cake naturally)
    • Blue/purple iced cupcakes
    • Lavender lemonade
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    Make an all-red meal. Red is the color of excitement and entertainment. This would be good for a circus theme or a racing party. When making red foods, remember that beetroot juice makes an excellent edible dye. Here are some suggestions for serving a red meal:
    • Red bell peppers/capsicum
    • Red quinoa or rice
    • Beetroot
    • Beetroot burgers
    • Apples, cherries, strawberries
    • Tomatoes or tomato sauce (for protein, you could use meat with this on it)
    • Red dyed bread, muffins, etc. (use red fruit juice when baking)
    • Wine for adults, red grape juice, cranberry juice
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    Arrange the meal on the plate. If it's not nutritionally balanced, it's no bother because this is for a special occasion!
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    Dress up in the same color as the meal. Why not go the whole way and make it a color theme that includes the dining table, the meal, and the diners attending?!


  • When dying foods, use food-safe dyes and make sure that they are not allergens for anyone eating the food. Always take it easy when adding dye; less is best as you can always add more if needed. If you need to add more then add one little bit at a time.
  • There are other possible meal colors: white, orange, rose/pink, brown (chocolate!),


  • Food Dye could stain the food and it wouldn't taste nice.

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