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We Do Love Natural Green Eggs and Ham! {without food coloring}

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 Natural Green Eggs and Ham

Dr. Seuss, famous author of the lovable, rhyming books for children, is having a birthday on March 2nd.  What better way to celebrate than with a dish of natural Green Eggs and Ham?  The boys love this funny book about something we know all too well around here….thinking you won't like a food without even trying it.  

In my quest to make green eggs and ham without food coloring, I tried many things.  Some websites I found suggested that in order to make green food coloring the natural way, simply boil or steam green foods and use the water for food coloring.  WELL, since egg yolks are yellow, just using a green water substance wasn't really going to work.  But, since blue and yellow make green, that's where I started.  First, I used a purple carrot from our garden, peeled it and boiled the peeling for about 30 minutes, until only a little bit of liquid remained.

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I mixed the blue/purple liquid with one egg and then made scrambled eggs as I normaly would.  This was the end result:

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I thought the eggs looked a little….less than appetizing….but D was SO excited to try them!  He thought they tasted delicious, in fact!natural green eggs

They definitely didn't look as green as I wanted, so I tried something else.  For extra green eggs, I would use this recipe.  First, I boiled two kale leaves (you could also use spinach,) then put them in the blender, along with one egg.  After that, I cut my ham into bite sized pieces and scrambled them all in a pan over medium heat.  They turned out super green and the kale made them super healthier!  However, D wouldn't touch those green eggs and ham…go figure.  He is my green broccoli loving child, but I suppose those green eggs were a bit too green for him.  

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So, there you have it…our experiment with making green eggs and ham, the natural way!  It's fun to try new things, figure out what will work and what won't, celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday, AND eat yummy food, so if you have preschoolers or older children, this would be a fun activity, start to finish.


Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2nd with Green Eggs and Ham and other favorites!  Check out this cute idea from My Crazings Savings:  Oh The Places You’ll Go!

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Mindy Grant

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Thanks for the great tips!  I am having a Dr. Seuss birthday party for my daughter this year, so I'll have to try this. 

Stacey Werner

Saturday 22nd of February 2014

This was my favorite book growing up... I could "read" it to my parents because I had the whole thing memorized.

I would have been thrilled to have my mom do this for me!

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