I hate for any meal to be a battle with my two-year old, but especially breakfast. Mornings are crazy and chaotic at our house with everyone trying to get to work and school at various times and of course the house must always be immaculate in case someone (anyone!) decides to come look at it. So the last thing I need is to spend an hour coaxing my son to eat something he’d really rather not. Thus, although my primary goal with any meal is nutrition, at breakfast I try to let Aiden decide, from the options I give him of course, what he would like to eat. This morning I ran the gambit of all the choices and each was answered with a resounding “NO!” “Would you like oatmeal?” I asked. Toast? Pancakes? Fruit salad? Cereal? Granola Bar? No, no, no, no, no, and NO. Finally, somewhat exasperated, I asked him, “What would you like to eat, Aiden?” He answered with a challenging smirk in his eye, “Green eggs and ham!” My first thought, as a tired, busy mom, was “Seriously, Aiden?!? No . . . pick something else.” But a quiet voice in my ear reminded me of one of my parenting goals – only say no if it’s absolutely necessary since there will be ample opportunity to do so. And why not think outside the box? So I pondered it for a second and stepped up to my little man’s challenge. “OK!” I said, “I can do that.”
So I pulled some spinach out of the freezer and set it to boil while I cooked up some bacon (turkey for us, not ham . . . don’t tell Aiden). When the spinach was finished, I drained it and put it in a blender with 4 eggs, about 2 servings of egg substitute (trying to curb cholesterol), 1% cheddar cheese, dill, garlic salt, and pepper. I blended it till it was a slimy green mass of uncooked egg (yum, right?) and then put it in a skillet and scrambled it till it was well done. Add to that some dark wheat toast and VOILA! A balanced breakfast of green eggs and “ham”.
I asked Aiden if he liked it. “Try it. Try it and you may, I say!” His response: “It’s dewishous!” To top it all off, we read the book while we ate and he kept proudly exclaiming, “Just like I have green eggs!” It was delightful. Proving once again that it always pays to be open-minded and stretch your boundaries a little. And since children have very few boundaries as it is, they make outstanding coaches. Bon Appetit!