I have a five-year-old daughter that loves to cook and eats almost anything (most days), there are some days even she gets picky & puts up a fight. In these fortunately rare instances I resort to creative make-believe and find a way to engage her in the cooking process which most often results in a happy & hungry little girl.
This morning, little bit just wasn’t feeling it so we started brainstorming some “fun” foods we could have for breakfast. We came up with the following: Dr. Suess Green Eggs and Ham, Goldilocks Potatoes, and King Loui or Banana Pudding Bread! Now for those of you without children you may be wondering what this all means; we simply created fun and exciting names for your everyday breakfast foods but it ignites creativity in the children and gets them excited about the meal. Green Eggs and Ham is nothing more than Scrambled Eggs with a bit of blue food coloring with bacon crumbles sprinkled and mixed in together. The Goldilocks potatoes are fabulous and by changing the name my daughter enjoyed a full helping of Rosemary and Curry Breakfast Potatoes that were sauteed to a nice crisp with sliced onions in refined coconut oil. Lastly, King Loui is the famous monkey king in the Disney story Jungle Book, this classic banana bread recipe from Tyler Florence’s Family Meals cookbook is a winner and was a great way for my daughter and I to measure, mix, whisk and practice some simple addition. To make this a true “banana pudding bread” we crumbled up some vanilla wafers for one loaf and added them to the dough instead of chopped pecans. This also became a dessert and treat for her after she finished her breakfast.
Green Eggs and Ham
- 6 eggs
- 1/4 cup half and half or low fat milk
- salt and pepper
- 2 drops blue food coloring
Break the eggs in a medium size bowl, whisk until well blended, add milk and stir, season with salt and pepper, and let your child add in a couple drops of blue food coloring and stir in to the eggs creating a nice Dr. Seuss green hue. Heat a non stick skillet to a medium high heat and add 1/2-1 TBSP of refined coconut oil. Add the eggs and scramble.
In a side skillet or on a baking sheet in the oven at 375 degrees cook the bacon until crisp and crumble into the scrambled eggs.
Goldilocks Breakfast Potatoes
- 3 medium Idaho Baking Potatoes
- 1-2 Tbsp Curry Powder
- 1/2 Large Onion Sliced
- 2 sprigs fresh Rosemary (minced)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 TBSP Grape See Oil or Refined Coconut Oil (Seriously, it is the new butter! Love this stuff and it’s really healthy!)
Peel and slice the potatoes thin. In a medium to large non stick skillet add the oil and heat to medium to high heat. Add the sliced onions and saute for about a minute. Add the potatoes. Add the curry powder and fresh rosemary and season with salt and pepper to your taste. Turn heat to medium and every continue to turn the potatoes every five minutes or so. The potatoes will start to brown and crisp up on the edges and the onions will continue to caramelize adding to the sweetness. Once potatoes are done to your likeness, serve immediately with green eggs and ham.
For the final plate, we added some fresh orange segments for a little added vitamin C and you can see the end result (an empty plate!) below, even though it can often times be a battle. Keep strong, parenting is HARD! Always try to engage them first vs. forcing your child to eat. The earlier you start the easier it will be; however, it is still not impossible, try not to give options at dinner time. If you are having salmon and broccoli, then that is what your children should be eating as well. No kid’s meals at the table, it is family meal, and all of the family eats it. (together if at all possible) Trust me, it may seem like tough love at first, but when they are hungry they will eat and once they know Mom or Dad has put the smack down on the processed junk, they will soon start to listen and stop putting up as much of a fight. This is the most important job we will ever have in our lifetime, take the time and invest in teaching your children healthy eating habits now! It will change their lives forever!