Part of being a healthy runner is fueling your body with the right foods. While I am no expert at this, I do know what is healthy and what food helps me stay the course on my runs. In addition to fueling my body, I also need to do the same for my family.
Here is the problem with that like many, I am busy with kids activities, school, homework and oh yeah, training for my next big race. The other problem with feeding my family is getting them to actually eat it. I have three small children and they all have different tastes and levels of picky-ness.
Here is a make to order or make ahead meal that both adults and children will like (OK some will like). Based on the our families favorite author Dr. Suess and his timeless classic Green Eggs and Ham (I do not claim to be the first person to make a breakfast based on this idea however, this is our families version). If you are familiar with the story, you know that Sam encourages an unknown character to eat green eggs and ham. After much persuasion, the unknown character tries them and much to his surprise, he likes it!
Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast Bites
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup Kale or Spinach (I used Kale)
1/4 teaspoon pepper (optional)
1/2 – 1 cup of diced Pancetta or Ham (I used Pancetta)
1/2 – 1 cup cup of shredded cheddar
In a blender ( I used The Bullet ) Blend together the first four ingredients until all of the leafy greens have been mixed.
Lightly spray a mini muffin pan with cooking spray. Pour egg mixture into cups being sure not to overfill.
Add diced pancetta/ham and sprinkle with cheese.
Bake for 13-15 min. Cheese should be bubbly and lightly browned. Let cool slightly before removing from pan. Serve imediately or let completely cool and seal in zip lock bags, freeze and re-heat in microwave for 30 seconds.
If you choose to freeze them they are great during the week when you want to give your children a healthy protein based meal before school but don’t have the time to prepare and clean-up. Pop them in the microwave. The size is perfect for small children.
You may have a “Sam” who eats them all up…
Or an “Unknown character” who will not…..
For the ones who will not.. I have another post… a modification of this recipe for the ultra-picky. The Cheesey Tater Tot Bites