#WeekdaySupper: Green

When the theme for March’s Weekday Supper posts was declared “Green” I knew that I immediately had to sign up for a slot. I’ve been reading my fair share of Dr. Seuss books to my little man and the first thing that popped in my head was “Green Eggs and Ham.”

#WeekdaySupper is a great movement by the #SundaySupper crew. Easy weeknight meals that can be done in under 30 minutes, without crazy, hard-to-find ingredients. This initiative is one we can all get behind. It’s important to gather around the table during the week, too!

We have breakfast for dinner about twice a month. Usually that means waffles or pancakes but eggs are also a great breakfast-for-dinner option. And the healthier option too. The best part is that eggs are unbelievably quick and you can be serving this literary dinner to your family in under 20 minutes.

Try them. You might like them.

There are a variety of methods for making green eggs and I opted to go in a direction without the use of food coloring. Recall my attempt at Green Velvet Cake! If you search for “green eggs and ham” on the internet you’ll find ways to make green eggs, and dishes that combine the eggs and ham into one bite (a quiche, for example). I wanted to serve green eggs and green ham. While the book shows sunny side up green eggs I’m not sure that’s even quite possible so I did go the scrambled route. I followed Martha Stewart’s recipe which involved making a nut-free pesto. I used that pesto to dredge a slice of ham steak in panko. The result – green ham!

Green Eggs and Ham

Ingredients:

  • 2 C fresh spinach/arugula blend
  • 1 C fresh basil
  • 2 C fresh Italian parsley
  • 3 tbsp shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 C extra virgin olive oil
  • eggs, 2 per person
  • ham steak, 3oz per person
  • 1 C panko
  • unsalted butter, for frying

Steps:

  1. In the bowl of a food processor combine spinach/arugula, basil, parsley, and Parmesan. Pulse until fine. Add the olive oil and pulse until combined. Season to taste with S+P.
  2. Brush some of the pesto on both sides of the ham steaks. Coat in panko.
  3. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook ham steaks 3 minutes on each side, until crust is golden and steak is warmed through. Remove from skillet. Repeat as needed.
  4. Beat eggs. Mix in 1 tbsp pesto per two eggs, season with S+P.
  5. Wipe out skillet and add a little more butter. Pour eggs into skillet. With a spatula or wooden spoon gently move eggs around and cook until desired consistency is reached. Serve with green ham.

*The egg recipe is adapted from Martha at http://www.marthastewart.com/893674/green-eggs-and-ham*

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 Check out these other great green recipes that were posted this week

Sunday Supper MovementMondayGreek Shrimp and Spinach Pasta by Recipes Food and Cooking
TuesdayScallops with Wilted Spinach and Arugula by MealDiva
WednesdayRice and Beans with Guacamole by Feed Me, Seymour
ThursdayBarley Risotto with Garlicky Spinach by eating in instead

Tuesday Tattles #3

Tuesday Tattles

I didn’t have a lot to add in month four so I have combined months four and five in one Tuesday Tattles post. A lot of the month three items are still going strong! My little man even enjoys the removable visual toy bar now.

Tomorrow my son will be five months old. That’s almost half a year old. I think this is his last month as a “newborn”. Where does the time go?!

In these past couple of months the little guy hit a growth spurt at double his birth weight he finally outgrew 0-3 month clothes and even some 3-6 month clothing is a little on the small side. Developmentally he has skyrocketed too, overnight he went from hating tummy time to rolling over and moving around the floor like he owns the place. The days of leaving him in the corner of the couch unaccompanied are over.

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Infant Newborn-to-Toddler Bath

Bath time is a fun experience for the little guy and still a stressful experience for mommy. My fear of accidentally drowning my child keeps my confidence at bay. I keep one hand on him at all times. The tub comes with a “sling” that baby can lay on, keeping his head above the water. This sling helps ease my fears, and as soon as I see big smiles and splashing feet the stress gives way to enjoying bath time.

Bath time can also be a life saver when nothing else works. One afternoon I was blindsided by a constantly screaming child who could not be comforted. After an hour, exhausted, I called my mom and followed her advice: I first stripped him naked to make sure nothing was poking him, scratching him, and there weren’t hairs or strings wrapped around extremities. 10614267_10102333143773041_6435732815317197737_nIt was too cold and rainy to go for a walk so I got the bath ready. As soon as I got him in the bath tub the crying stopped. Relieved I watched him kick his feet. I extended this bath time as long as I possibly could – until it got too cold.

Hooded Towels

The bath leads me to favorite item number two. The hooded towel. Why? Because there isn’t anything cuter than a clean, wet baby wrapped in a hooded towel!

Infant Nail Clippers

Clipping baby fingernails isn’t one of those things I’d considered having to do before having a baby. I knew it was a necessary evil, but it’s simply not something you think of preparing for. And prepare for it you must! The first nail trimming is the most stressful moment for a new mom. I pushed the experience back and used a nail file until I could see that those tiny fingernails had broken away from the tender nail tip. And once those nails come away they grow faster than weeds! I highly encourage you to wait until nap time for that baby manicure. These infant nail clippers have a larger easy grip handle and some even have magnifying glasses!

10151270_10102497498350151_6015799934181874218_nVulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether

Pre-teething began as soon as my little guy turned three months old. The classic Sophie was the first toy I gave him to slobber all over. Friends of ours even gifted him the the teething ring version, which he also loves. Honestly, he’ll chew on anything he can get his hands on, but with these I know he’s chewing on a safe and trusted toy.

Dr. Seuss’s ABC

This book is a family favorite. When I was little my mom would read this book to us. She even had it memorized so that when my brother and I got fussy in the car she could recite it to us. The magic that happens when you read this book aloud soothes babies. While I don’t yet have this book memorized, I’ve got most of it and have used it to calm a tired baby when humming fails.

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