Green Eggs, No Ham.
Kid Friendly / Toddler Recipe: Green Cake
My little one is pretty good at eating veggies, but things like spinach and kale are a bit out of her comfort zone. It’s super important to get in enough green leafy veggies at any age – they are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre – so it’s forced me to get a bit creative in the kitchen.
I’m calling this recipe Green Eggs, No Ham, or if you are not a Dr Seuss fan then perhaps Green Cake is a better 🙂
I believe it’s really important for one littles ones to get a taste for these types of veggies at a young age, so blending them into something fun like a ‘cake’ helps them to develop a taste for the flavour, without having to go through the “please eat your veggies” battle at dinner time. And for anyone with young kids, finding ways to make dinner time less stressful is the b-o-m-b.
You can also jazz up this recipe and make it more adult friendly for Sunday brunch or a lazy dinner. Some ideas below.
This is a microwave recipe so you need to be OK with using a microwave. Essentially I’m not, but I’m also a busy working Mum so I’m totally OK with using the microwave for some short cuts right now 😉
Green Eggs, No Ham – Serves 2.
What You Need:
- Ramekin dish (any small dish will work, even a large mug should be OK)
- 1/2 cup frozen free form spinach, loosely packed
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 grated cheese
- 4 eggs
- Salt and pepper
What To Do:
- Microwave or steam the frozen veggies until just heated / cooked. I usually do 30 seconds – 1 minute in the microwave in one of the ramekin dishes.
- Add everything to the blender and blend until combined. I do about a minute on medium – high. You want to make sure you don’t have any spinach bits left in your mix.
- Use a dash of coconut oil or olive oil to grease the 2 ramekin dishes and pour the mixture between the dishes. Add a dash of extra grated cheese on top if you want.
- Microwave on medium – high for 1-2 minutes, until the egg mix is cooked. If it’s still runny / too watery, you will need more time. Experiment a bit here with exactly how long you need – microwaves, dishes and even different egg sizes will effect cooking time.
- Turn the green egg mix out and you have green egg cakes!
- I sprinkle the top with nutritional yeast and serve mine with some extra peas, smoked salmon and sliced avocado.
Ideas to make this a bit more ‘adult’, or to push your little one’s taste buds a bit.
— 1/4 tsp sumac, onion or garlic powder,
— fresh chives or parsley – either blend these with everything else or just chop roughly and add at the end
— Add a dash of mustard to your mix
— Roughly chop a handful of green olives and add after you have blended
— Add chopped fresh basil, kalamata olives and a pinch of dried oregano after you have blended
— Add feta cheese and chopped sun dried tomato
— Add some capers, tuna and chopped fresh spring onions to the top
— Serve with kimchee and sliced free range chicken
— Add smoked salmon and basil after you have blended
— Add a dash of goats cheese to the eggs before you cook them
— Add some fresh chilli before or after you blend
— Add some chopped up pieces of ham off the bone if you really want to create Green Eggs and Ham 🙂