Have you ever made green eggs for breakfast?
Why experiment and make green eggs?
With St. Patrick’s Day approaching quickly we have started thinking about all things green. There are some cool recipes out there on how to make green eggs. Many of these recipes really should be prepared by people with more advanced kitchen skills. We made this Silly Shamrock Eggs recipe with younger children in mind. It’s super simple, however, an adult needs to guide and be aware at all times while making this recipe. Let’s introduce kids to the science of cooking.
There are so many lessons that can be incorporated into this activity. Whether it is the physical changes heat does to the eggs and the spinach, to natures way of protecting the egg, or something like the states of matter, and so much more. Here is the STEMHAX St. Patrick’s Day breakfast for young learners.
This is broken down in a way for you to share the cooking process with your child before actually cooking. Going over the lesson and cooking methods before starting will help them to visualize what they will be doing in the kitchen.
Wash hands before starting any experiments or cooking. Let’s begin!
We used a play on words and are using spinach instead of shamrocks. The name of the recipe can be misleading…we wanted to bring some fun and the luck of the Irish to this healthy recipe.
Gather the tools and ingredients listed:
- 2 Eggs
- 1 cup Spinach Leaves
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 tsp Butter
- Small Bowl
- Fork or Whisk
- Frying Pan
- Crack two eggs in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk eggs with fork or whisk.
2. Heat 1 tsp of butter in a frying pan on medium-high heat until melted. (CAUTION: Stove gets HOT! Have the research assistant (mom, dad, etc.) help when operating the stove.
3. Add one cup of spinach leaves. Using a spatula saute until they are wilted. (OBSERVE the spinach leaves…what is happening to them. Why do you think this is happening?)
4. Add egg mixture to the pan.
5. Stir occasionally with spatula until eggs are cooked light and fluffy.
As the eggs are cooking and the water is evaporating, this is a good time to explain the three states of matter. And how the steam is water reacting to the introduction of the heat from the stove.