Sing Spring with Green Eggs & Ham

Written by: Melissa Graham

Spring has arrived alarmingly early in Chicago. With five straight record setting 80 degree days in March, the tulips are shooting up and the trees are nearly in full bloom. 5 tips for welcoming the change in season with kids!

1) Take a family trip to the farmers’ market or to a farm. There are few better ways to connect your children with the earth. We’re all so used to the blessings of modern transportation and our grocery stores do not lack asparagus and raspberries even in the deep dark winter days of January. The first few spring markets demonstrate vividly to children with their scarcity of product that there is indeed a growing season.

2) Buy some greens. If you’re like my family of seasonal eaters, you probably eat a lot of beige food in the winter. Root vegetables and stews, both meaty and vegetarian, keep us warm and well fed during the cold months. When the first of the local lettuces shoot out of the cold ground of early spring, I’m more than ready.

3) Plant some greens. Herbs and lettuces are fast to grow and easy to maintain a perfect project for impatient kids. And if you child is hesitant about green stuff (a phase my own son thankfully grew out of), you can always “nickname” your plants. Basil and oregano can be pizza plants and cilantro guacamole plants, just to name a few.

4) Give some love to Mother Nature.  With this crazy weather, she sure could use it. Many towns organize neighborhood cleanups. What better way to spend some time together as a family outside while giving back to the community.

5) Cook an egg or two. Since pagan times, the egg has signified the rebirth of the earth during spring. Christians adopted this symbol for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, believed to transpire in early spring. Eastern Christianity has created several myths regarding the connection between the egg and the Easter story, including a claim that Mary Magdalene brought eggs to share at the tomb of Jesus, which turned bright red when she saw that Christ had risen. Whether you’re Christian, Muslim, or Hindi, you can appreciate the notion of new birth in the springtime.

Scrambling or frying isn’t much cause for celebration. Instead, try this Seussically-inspried recipe: Green Eggs and Ham. Mixed with fresh herbs and wrapped with thin slices of prosciutto. It’s a great afternoon snack or light lunch.

Green Eggs and Ham (Makes 1, increase accordingly)

  • 1 hard boiled egg, cut in half
  • 2 teaspoons Greek yogurt or plain yogurt strained through a fine sieve
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard
  • 1-2 teaspoons green stuff of your choice (chopped basil, parsley, chives, green onions, mint, etc.)
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 thin slices of prosciutto (I love Iowa's La Quercia)

Press the egg yolk through a fine sieve. This will loose the egg yolk making it easier to combine it with the other ingredients. Combine the egg yolk with the yogurt, mustard, green stuff and salt. Scoop the mix onto the egg white halves. Wrap each with prosciutto.  Enjoy!

Posted on March 25, 2012 at 8:15 PM