15 March 2013

St. Patrick's Day brunch: Green Eggs and Ham

Amazon: Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. SeussThis hack originally appeared in 2006. That's SEVEN years ago! So cool. Anyway, seems like the perfect day to make a reappearance. Thank you, Jill...I know you're still reading and sending in hacks! -- Asha

Lots of people posted their hidden vegie tricks in the comments on Green mac-n-cheese, but I thought Jill's was worth highlighting on St. Paddy's Day.

As St. Patrick's Day approaches, so does the opportunity to make green food. Creamed spinach in an egg casserole makes for awesome Green Eggs and Ham, and is a good starting place for future sneaky vegetables. Don't overlook carrot juice or a carrot-apple blend in the sippy cup either! [You could spike their juice with spirulina -- or give them Odwalla Super Food -- to keep the green theme going. -- Ed.]

Here's Jill's recipe:

GREEN EGGS AND HAM

1 cup bread crumbs
1/2 to 1 cup chopped ham
5 eggs
1 cup finely chopped, frozen spinach (thawed, moisture squeezed out)
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp prepared mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup grated swiss cheese

Spray an 8" casserole dish with nonstick spray. Sprinkle in the dishwith breadcrumbs and ham. In a separate bowl, beat eggs with spinach, milk, mustard, salt & pepper. Pour the egg mixture into the casserole dish (over the breadcrumbs and ham). Top with cheese. Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until set.

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When my son was in preschool, the annual March 17 snack was green mashed potatoes, and several potato-hating kids gobbled them up. Easy to do: just add a few drops of food coloring or some finely chopped steamed brocolli.

Another option: a green smoothie!

Any other favorite green food recipes? Or suggestions for "greening" non-green food?

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I remember my mom making us green eggs and ham when I was a tyke. She was so proud of herself, but then my sister and I wouldn't eat it. It sounded like a great idea, but when it was there on the plate it just looked too unappetizing. Sorry Mom. Anyway, be prepared for this possibility.

A friend reminded me yesterday:
if you add grape jelly to scrambled eggs, they turn green. Maybe kids would enjoy this more than the spinach!

Cute idea. Spinach sounds a lot more appetizing than food coloring. I too remember when I was a child and was thinking : green eggs --yuk! But I surely do like the idea of bringing up the Suess book at St. Pat's Day. And getting folks to eat leaves should be a truly national pursuit! Have fun!

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