Monday, March 7, 2011

Snack Match: Green Eggs and Ham

A snack match is an allergy-friendly snack that nutritionally and/or visually resembles a popular children's snack.

This week's snack is: Green Eggs and Ham

Snack Match substitute: Do these look like Green Eggs and Ham to you?

These Green Eggs and Ham are not at all what they seem!  In fact, they seem more like a trick the Cat in the Hat might pull himself.

Books by Dr Seuss are a fun and common way to study rhyming with children but for an allergic child, "Green Eggs and Ham" day may not be a favorite.  If your child is allergic to eggs, it could mean being pulled from class or having an allergic reaction; both of which are memorable but neither of which are prefereable. 

For this special day, I made Green Eggs and Ham that are more healthy and equally as fun to eat!

Goodies in a red box I did hide 
Let your angel guess what's inside. 

This day can be fun for your angel, too. 
Do these look like Green Eggs and Ham to you? 

Attach a poem to bring the theme home
Now, your angel won't feel alone!

Have no fear, any poem will do
For it was written by YOU!

Do these look like Green Eggs and Ham to you?

3 broccoli florets, steamed
1 C rice flour
1/4 C brown sugar
1/2 T salt
1T rice oil
1 C water

apricot jelly
Ebelskiever pan

Canteloupe, mango or other yellow-ish fruit or vegetable
2 oz. ham, sliced thick
small melon baller
small plastic or glass food storage box
Red Box or paper to wrap a box

  1. If your broccoli is not already steamed, place your broccoli in a small bowl with a couple of tablespoons of water.  Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for one minute to briefly cook them. Uncover and set aside to cool.
  2. Place the next five ingredients in a blender and blend until there are no lumps.
  3. Pour half of this mixture into another bowl and set aside.
  4. Add the cooked broccoli to the blender and blend until the batter is green and the broccoli is fully chopped and barely noticeable.  Set aside.
  5. Place your ebelskeiver pan on the stovetop and turn to medium-low.  Allow to preheat.
  6. Once the pan is hot, place a teaspoon of oil in each cup in the ebelskeiver pan.
  7. Using the white batter, follow steps 8-13 to make the first batches of ebelskeivers.
  8. Using a ladle, pour about 1 T batter into each indention on the pan; enough to fill the cup to about 3/4  full.
  9. Place 1 tsp apricot preserves in the center of each ebelskeiver.
  10. Watch the ebelskeivers cook and adjust heat as needed.  You want these ebelskeivers to cook low and slow.  The bottoms of the sbelskeiver should not brown much and the batter needs to solidify before flipping them. 
  11. Once the batter has solidified, flip the ebelskeiver.
  12. Allow the ebelskeiver to cook on this side about 1 minute, ensuring that the pan is not hot enough to scorch the sugary preserves.
  13. Remove ebelskeivers from the pan to cool.
  14. Once you have used up the white batter, it is time to make the green ebelskeivers.  Using the green batter, follow steps 8-10 omitting the apricot preserves.  Instead of apricot preserves, slowly cook the ebelskeivers until the center of the ebelskeiver is the only part which remains uncooked. 
  15. At this point, flip the ebelskeiver and cook for one more minute.
  16. Remove ebelskeivers to a plate and cool.
  17. Once the green ebelskeivers have cooked, examine them.  These ebelskeivers should have cooked in such a way that there is a hole in the center.  If they did not, you will need to scoop out a center part.  Also, sometimes, a piece of batter will cover the hole when these ebelskeivers are flipped.  If so, remove that part and discard.  The green ebelskeivers should look like a half sphere with a hole in the center.
  18. To make the center of the "green egg", begin by peeling your canteloupe, mango or other yellow fruit.  I find it easiest to cut the fruit in half and place it cut side down on a cutting board.  Then use your knife to cut away the skin.
  19. Using the small end of a melon scooper, scoop out a few circles of the yellow fruit.  This will be the "yolk" of your "egg".
  20. To asseble the "Green Eggs and Ham", place the ham in the box to one side.
  21. On the other side of the box, place an apricot ebelskeiver.  The apricot at the center should resemble the center of an egg.
  22. To each side of the white "egg", place one green ebelskeiver. 
  23. In the center of the green ebelskeivers, place a piece of yellow fruit.
  24. Once assembled, your "Green eggs" and ham should resemble the picture above.
  25. Close the food storage box and place in the red box or wrap with red paper.
  26. Write your own poem on a piece of paper or print the poem below on cardstock.
  27. Attach the poem to the red box and serve.

Ode to Green Eggs and Ham
by The Allergic Angel

This is your snack
In a red pack

Do you think its a yam?

Do not mistake
For it surely will break

Then you'll be in a jam

Thing 1 and Thing 2
Can't come to the rescue

For they know nothing of...
Green eggs and Ham!

NOTE:  The poems found on this page are original and written by The Allergic Angel!

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