I do so like green eggs and ham!
Thank you! Thank you,
Now that Valentines Day has become a memory, my mind is now rushing to March and the promise of spring, and St. Patrick’s Day. Of all of the holiday’s, my two very most favorite are Valentines Day and St. Patrick’s day because there are no grand preconceived ideas about what should and shouldn’t happen. It is a blank canvas and every year and I have the opportunity to create what I want to with the time and energy that I have.
St. Patrick’s Day usually involves a green breakfast thanks to our naughty little leprechaun, a large spread of Irish delights (for dinner last year we had Stout Braised Short Ribs, Irish Colcannon and Irish Soda Bread) and discovering the mischief that our leprechaun has gotten into as we were sleeping. Our leprechaun has been known to toilet paper the living room, leave footprints in our hall and on the toilet seat, draw with gel food coloring on our counter and last but not least turn our toilet water and milk green. Our green milk then turns our eggs or cereal green.
With recent news regarding the safety of synthetic food coloring I have been thinking forward to the mischief of our friend from the emerald isle and have decided that it is time to do things a little differently. I have also been thinking about how I nourish my family. I feel like I feed them decently well, but if I really took a step back I have a long ways to go to be able to say that I actually nourish them.
All of this was on my mind this morning while I prepared breakfast. I had just gotten home with my Bountiful Basket and my mind was already swirling with ideas of how I would use my basket in the coming week. My sister-in-law had mentioned a while back that she sneaks spinach into her kids scrambled eggs on a fairly regular basis by just blending the two together. Brilliant!
When my kids were really little we did an “at home” preschool co-op with some other families in our neighborhood. We followed the “Joy School” curriculum which was a fun adventure for our whole family. My kids have always been adventurous eaters, but I love the encouragement from “Joy School” to help our kiddo’s be risk takers and to try things that they wouldn’t normally try.
Inevitably I got to teach one of the food lessons where the kids would try new foods. I usually opened with “Green Eggs and Ham” by Dr. Suess and we highlighted the fact that the character in the book made his mind up about green eggs and ham before he ever had a chance to taste it. Once he tasted it, albeit reluctantly, he loved it.
Parents can go a long way in either encouraging or discouraging an adventurous palate just in the way they present a meal. If you start out telling your child it is weird or that they probably won’t like it, you will probably be right. Don’t sabotage the experience with your own biases. Present the meal with excitement and maybe a little magic. You could prepare these eggs on St. Patrick’s day morning and the thought that a leprechaun had something to do with the reason that they are green may help even your pickiest eater to give it a little try.