How to Make Green Eggs and Ham: a Dye Free Quiche Recipe

Who has never eaten green eggs and ham?  You’ve surely read the Dr. Seuss book though, right?  I was reading about how Read Across America Day is March 1st and Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2nd, so why not make green eggs and ham in honor of that?  Right?  Of course, if you need another reason to eat green eggs, you could always say, it’s almost Saint Patrick’s Day, so why not do it for that reason?  Or of course for the sheer entertainment of your family, that’ll work, too.

Regardless, your kids (and your hubby) will likely think that you’re either off your rocker OR that this is a fun adventure.  My kids had mixed reactions.  The one that hates vegetables was sure that I had turned these eggs into vegetables and WAS NOT impressed.  The others….lets just say they scarfed them down pretty quickly!

Do you know how to make green eggs and ham?  What makes these green eggs so green if you’re not using food coloring, you ask.  Spinach.  I blended eggs with fresh (but frozen) spinach.  We like spinach quiche, so I figured if I wanted these to look a little more green, I’d have to get the blender out and start blending it all together.  It worked pretty well.  In fact, the longer it cooked, the greener it got.  [If you happen to dislike spinach, let me encourage you, that you cannot taste the spinach.  Even less so after it is all blended, than if you had've left it in larger pieces]

How To Make Green Eggs and Ham

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This recipe is incredibly versatile.  You can use pretty much any meat and any vegetable that you want in it.  I will share with you exactly what we used, and then I will share other ideas you could put in, instead.

Ingredients

2 cups grated cheese
2/3 cup of flour
1 Large Onion, diced
3 handfulls of fresh spinach
8 Eggs
2 cups of Milk
1.5 pounds of chopped ham
1 teaspoon garlic powder 
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  2. Place eggs and spinach into the blender.
  3. Blend well until mixture is nice and green.  If you feel you need it a darker color, feel free to add more spinach.
  4. Dice onion and sauté in oil or butter on stove top.
  5. Dice Ham (We also cook up some of ours, so that it’s browned)
  6. Pour milk and flour into blender, along with spices.
  7. Blend until mix is nice and smooth.
  8. Grease (or spray) 9×13 pan.
  9. Mix together egg mixture, meat, onions & cheese.
  10. Pour into 9×13 pan.
  11. Bake at 450 for 30 to 35 minutes

Optional ingredients:  Meat:  Bacon, Greound Beef, Turkey, Chicken, etc.  Veggie:  mushrooms, green pepper, red pepper, fresh tomato, broccoli, etc.  

 

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Pizza Burgers – An Easy Crockpot Recipe

Today, I was trying to figure out what in the world I could quickly throw into my crockpot using ground beef.  After our chili cook off on Sunday that my husband had entered, we had 2 pounds of ground beef sitting in my fridge, already browned and ready to go.  I would normally choose spaghetti, but my husband has vocalized that I may do that too much in a time pinch.  It was till early enough in the day to use my slow cooker, so I figured I could find a quick and easy recipe that he’d be happy with.

I have another “problem” though.  I always want to use new recipes when I’m cooking in the crock pot so I can test them out and potentially share them with you!  Crockpot Freezer Meals are super popular on this website and I want to keep growing my menus, which leads me to always thinking I need to try new recipes, rather than grabbing for the old ones.  It’s a fun problem to have.

Today, I finally decided on Pizza Burgers.  They were easy and didn’t require many ingredients.  You know how much I like those easy recipes, right?  The less time I spend in the kitchen, the more time I can spend doing the things that I love!  The Pizza Burgers are similar to sloppy joes, but with pizza sauce instead.  I think your family will enjoy them as much as mine did.

Pizza Burgers

Pizza Burgers - a Super Easy Crockpot Freezer Meal!

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Ingredients

2 lbs ground beef or turkey (browned)
1 small onion, chopped
24 oz of tomato sauce (I used 3 8oz cans, because that’s what I had on hand)
2 tablespoon dried oregano
Dash of Salt (optional)
¼ tsp. pepper

Cheese to top with
Hamburger Buns

Instructions

Cook ground beef in skillet until brown.
Drain
Place meat in slow cooker.
Add remaining ingredients and mix well.
Cover crockpot and cook on low for 2-3 hours until onions are tender.
Serve on hamburger buns.

Optional idea:  Add green peppers and/or other pizza toppings to the mixture.

Freezer to Slow Cooker Instructions:

Mix all ingredients except hamburger buns and cheese together in a freezer safe bag.  Label & lay flat to freeze.

Thaw (if possible) before cooking.  Cook for 2-3 hours on low.


5 Suggestions for Eating Together as a Family ++ A Crock Pot® Giveaway!

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Eating together as a family is so important, but with the busyness of life, it can be hard to find the time to actually sit down and eat together.  In our family, we have 3 main challenges.

  1. Dad’s coming home schedule is ever changing.
  2. Kids have activities outside of the home, 3 nights a week.
  3. Sometimes dad just wants to “veg” out in front of the TV after a long day of work.
  4. The table is always cluttered with school books and art projects.
  5. I don’t always plan ahead enough to feed everyone early enough before they have to leave.

Do you have some of these same excuses?

I’d love to encourage you and your family to try eating dinner together at the table at least 3-5 times a week.  This may take some special tweaking and planning ahead, but believe me, it’ll be worth it.  I’ll be working on this right alongside of you!

5 Suggestions for Getting Your Family to Eat Together at the Table

  • Plan Your Meals Ahead – That is exactly why I’ve created Crockpot Freezer meals!  So that I can plan our meals a week at a time and have them all ready at once.  There are plenty of weeks though that I don’t get the prep work done.  I’m far from perfect, that’s for sure!  On weeks like that, I just try to plan one day at a time.  Regardless, if you would like your family around the table a little more often, be sure to plan something and not fly by the seat of your pants all the time.
  • Make the Conversation Entertaining - Come up with several conversation ideas that you can talk about each night while you’re eating dinner together.  Make it fun, like telling stories of when mom and dad were little, when they were dating, when the kids were younger, etc.  Kids love hearing the stories from their parents and from their own pasts as well.  They will beg to come back to the dinner table each night if you make it interesting for them!  The possibilities are endless!
  • Don’t Allow Media Devices – This is one of my pet peeves.  What fun is it eating together if everyone has their noses buried in a phone, computer, or other media device?  Not fun at all.  Make rules regarding media devices and everyone will connect so much easier!
  • Have Themed Dinners - If your child is studying a certain country or other geographic area, try to incorporate your dinner around what they’re studying.  You can discuss that country and their practices while at the dinner table.  Once again, this does require some planning, but if you’re planning anyway….it won’t be hard to add this in.
  • Invite Friends - Let your family know that if you begin making a habit of eating together, you’ll regularly invite friends over for dinner, too.  My kids love having company for dinner, don’t yours?  That’ll get them all excited about having the habit of eating together.

Now, I realize that dinner time is never going to be perfect.  Don’t let that get you down.  One setback doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel.  Just pick up where you left off and get going again!

Now, since I’m known as the Crock Pot® Lady, I thought it was appropriate to give away a Crock Pot®!

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Today, I’m partnering with #InspiredFamilyDinners to provide lots of great giveaways, focusing on getting the family around the dinner table!

I’m giving away this beautiful 4.5 quart Damask Crock Pot® Slow Cooker!  If you’d like a chance to win it, just enter your information in the Rafflecopter below:
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