NEA's Read Across America Day takes place on Dr. Seuss' birthday on March 2. This day is reserved for celebrating the joys of reading and honoring the man who made "Green Eggs and Ham" a household word. As part of the celebration, many elementary school teachers and cafeteria workers unite to create a special meal of green eggs and ham for schoolchildren. You can join in the celebration by making your own green eggs and ham at home.
Green eggs take many forms, from scrambled to hard-boiled. To make scrambled eggs, you only need a few drops of blue or green food coloring whipped with eggs and milk. Cook them until they are creamy and tender and serve piping hot with a side of green ham. To add veggies to breakfast eggs, turn the colored egg mixture into an omelet with diced vegetables and cheese, or nix the food coloring and color your scrambled eggs with chunks of avocado instead. Try slicing a round of green pepper to encase a fried egg. Melt butter in the pan, place the green pepper ring in the pan and crack the egg into the center of the ring. Cook over medium heat until the white is cooked and the yolk has set for tasty green eggs for breakfast.
You don't need to go all out by making the ham green too, but you can if you wish. You need thin deli ham or diced ham and food coloring to tint the ham green. Mix a few drops of green food coloring in 1/4 cup of water and drop in the slices or diced pieces of ham. Allow them to soak until the ham is the shade of green you prefer. Adjust the color of the ham by adding more food coloring. Remove the ham and blot it dry with a paper towel. Cook the ham over medium heat in a little melted butter and serve as a side with the green eggs, or toss the pieces into an omelet.
Green eggs and ham aren't only for breakfast. You can use a variety of recipes to serve them for lunch, such as deviled eggs with green filling. Boil the eggs and remove the yolks, and drop the whites into green food coloring and water and then soak them for a few minutes until they reach the shade of green you prefer. Serve them with fluffy devil's egg filling in traditional yellow, or add a few drops of blue or green food coloring to turn the filling green. Alternately, instead of making the devil's egg filling, fill the eggs with creamy guacamole for a festive flair to please adult palates.
To reduce the amount of cholesterol in your green eggs and ham, use an egg substitute or egg whites to make scrambled eggs or omelets. Color them with food coloring as you would whole eggs or tint them green with a small scoop of pesto. How much pesto you use depends on your preferences, but start with 1 teaspoon per two eggs and adjust it for taste.