Sunday, September 30, 2012

Green Eggs and Scram

I'm not a fan of "hiding" veggies from your kids. You know, all those helpful hints in magazines like "Put cauliflower puree in mashed potatoes, they will never know!" As if that's a good thing. What are the chances they will hide veggies from themselves when they grow up and cook their own food? It's important to teach kids to like vegetables. That can be hard to do if you don't like them yourself. I have found that how a vegetable is cooked makes all the difference. I can't stand steamed spinach or kale or carrots. Uggh. Slimy and just....yuck. However, kale baked in the oven is amazing! Spinach and carrots are both great raw in salads or blended up in smoothies.

If you think you don't like a vegetable, try different ways of cooking it and see what works.

These eggs are so easy and fun, especially if you have recently read Green Eggs and Ham. All you do is put some raw eggs in a blender with a bit of yogurt and a large handful of spinach. Blend it all up and then cook it in the skillet just like an omelet. They turn a vibrant green and taste delicious. If you child is older and likes spices, you can add garlic and basil too.

As you can see, Evie loves them!

Obviously we don't eat ham, so I'm still trying to come up with what exactly the "Scram" part of our Green Eggs and Scram will be. Possibly just a hug and a swat on the tush as I shout "Scram!" while cleaning up the dishes after breakfast.