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Ham Sandwich with Greens and Eggs Recipe


  • 2 thin slices fully-cooked Black Forest ham
  • 2 slices of paper-thin red onion
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 or 2 thin slices fresh mozzarella (about 1 1/2 ounces total)
  • 2 1/2-inch-thick slices sourdough or whole wheat bread (about 4 to 5 inches in diameter)
  • 1/3 cup mixed baby salad greens
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto


  1. Soak onion in a small bowl of ice water for 2 minutes.
  2. While onion is soaking, cook ham in a large nonstick skillet or sauté pan over medium-low heat about 6 minutes or until edges begin to curl and become crispy. Transfer ham to a plate.
  3. In the same skillet or pan, heat oil over medium heat. Break eggs into skillet. Slightly break yolks with the tip of a sharp knife. Cover and cook about 3 minutes or just until whites are set and yolks are cooked, turning over halfway during cooking. Transfer eggs with ham on plate; cover to keep warm.
  4. Meanwhile, drain onions and layer ham, mozzarella and onion slices on 1 slice of bread. Top with second slice of bread. Press down on sandwich with palm of your hand. Place in skillet and cook, covered, for 30 to 60 seconds on each side or until toasted.
  5. Transfer sandwich to cutting board, and open sandwich. Layer greens and eggs on top; spread with pesto. Close sandwich and cut in half to serve.


Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Recipe courtesy of Michael Symon

Calories:690g Total Fat:38g
Cholesterol:480mg Protein:41g
Carbohydrates:48g Sodium:1520mg

Preparation Time: 25 minutes

SOURCE: The National Pork Board

Show me the dough!

Get started on some creative kitchen play with these homemade play doughs and fun toast art.

Recipe for the Best Play Dough Ever

2 cups flour
1 cup salt
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
2 tablespoons oil
1 teaspoon food coloring
2 cups water

Mix ingredients in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until dough leaves sides of the pan. Remove from pan. When cool to the touch, knead for a few minutes. Play dough can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks in an airtight container.

Recipe for Edible Peanut Butter Play Dough*

1 cup peanut butter
1 cup powdered milk
1/4 cup honey

Optional texture items: raisins, coconut, crushed graham crackers
Mix the first three ingredients in a large bowl until smooth. Add optional texture items.

*Not for children with peanut allergies.

Recipe for Chocolate Play Dough

1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup salt
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 tablespoons cooking oil
1 cup boiling water

Combine flour, cocoa powder, salt, and cream of tartar. Add cooking oil and boiling water. Stir quickly and mix well. Cook over low heat until dough forms a ball. When cool, knead with hands. Refrigerate and store in an airtight container. Smells great, but is not really sweet enough to eat.

Love Toast

Toast is for more than just eating. White bread is an excellent canvas for making mealtime extra special. Simply paint bread with milk mixed with food coloring and then toast. For some extra fun, cut toast into a special shape using a seasonal cookie cutter. For a fruity flavor twist, create paint out of water and flavored powdered gelatin mix.


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Help Kids Eat Healthy
Let them help you in the kitchen

(Family Features) - It's never too early to start teaching children about cooking. Involving kids in meal preparation encourages healthy eating habits and introduces them to the value and importance of nutritious, balanced meals.

Elizabeth Pivonka, Ph.D., R.D., heads Produce for Better Health Foundation, the nonprofit entity behind the Fruits Veggies - More Matters national public health initiative.
Pivonka says the kitchen canbe a great place to stir up some fun while teaching healthy eating habits.

As a working mother of two, Pivonka understands that getting kids to eat healthy fruits and vegetables can sometimes be a challenge.

"Involving children in cooking is an important step in getting kids interested in fruits and vegetables and getting them more excited about eating them," she says. "Kids can help by measuring, mixing or gathering ingredients while you cook.

If kids help with the cooking, they are more inclined to eat what's on the table. At my house, we make meal planning and preparation a family activity.

Let toddlers help you "cook" by using toy food, pots, pans, bowls and spoons to copy what you're doing.
Preschoolers can help by measuring ingredients and stirring. Grade school kids can make simple, no-bake recipes or use the microwave with proper supervision.

Remember to use child-size tools and, if the counter is too high, use a sturdy step stool or have children sit at the kitchen table while they help.
Pivonka says taking a little extra time at the grocery store to interact with kids and single out fruits and vegetables as important is another way to persuade kids to give them another try.

"Kids like to have fun with their food, so one way to get them to eat something is to offer it with a dip," Pivonka says.

"Once children turn about two years old, they can really get into dipping and might try things they wouldn't otherwise if they're served with some kind of dip."
She offers some dipping suggestions like low-fat ranch dressing, mild salsa, guacamole, or hummus for dipping vegetables, or any flavor of low-fat yogurt or peanut butter for dipping fruit.

Pear Ka-bobs with Strawberry Dipping Sauce and Pear Party Salsa are two fun recipes that let children dip their food.

"Make sure their snacks are just as nutritious as their meals. If you're looking for a 100-calorie snack, don't reach for a prepackaged processed item.

One medium-sized fresh pear is a portable, single serving that tops out at 100 calories with no fat, sodium or cholesterol.

Fresh pears, tomatoes, and other fruits and veggies are now available all year round. Their versatility and nutritional value make them very popular with people of all>ages. They're budget friendly and good for your health."

Parents interested in tips for getting kids to eat fruits and vegetables, and delicious recipe ideas for dishes that children will willingly eat are encouraged to visit the Fruits Veggies-More Matters website,

The website also features some materials to make taking your child food shopping with you an educational experience. The Take Your Child to the Supermarket materials are available to everyone online, free of charge. Just print them out and plan a trip to the store.

For more information about pears, including family-friendly recipes, tips for kids, and even online games featuring fresh USA Pears grown in Oregon and Washington, visit For information about the other ingredients featured in these recipes, visit

Ham it Up with Green Eggs and Ham
(Family Features) - "Do you like green eggs and ham?" To answer the enduring question and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss's classic Green Eggs and Ham, The National Pork Board has teamed up with celebrity chefs Michael Symon and Melissa d'Arabian to bring the story to life with tasty new recipes inspired by the book.

If you're looking for recipes that your family will want to eat on a boat, in the rain or on a train, check out these new hammy creations:

Ham Sandwich with Greens and Eggs, courtesy of Michael Symon: Wake up to a warm breakfast sandwich that combines crisped Black Forest Ham with a fried egg, melted cheese, pesto and greens.

Ham and Green Egg Mini Tartlets, courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian: These surprisingly easy-to-make ham and egg spinach tartlets, with bread instead of pie crust, can be made ahead of time for an on-the-go meal.

Ham is a versatile option for breakfast, lunch or dinner since it pairs well with many flavors. From bone-in to boneless, from fully-cooked to fresh, whipping up deliciously good, healthful meals with ham is a snap.

For more information, including Green Eggs and Ham recipes from Mitzi Dulan, RD, CSSD and top food blogger, Jaden Hair (ham sushi anyone?), visit You can also follow The National Pork Board on Facebook at and @allaboutpork on Twitter.

Green Eggs and Ham Tartlet Recipe


  • 1/3 cup finely chopped fully-cooked ham
  • 4 1/2-inch-thick slices soft white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  • 2 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon 2% milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4 medium eggs
  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • Preheat oven to 375°F. Press white bread with palm of hand until flat and doughy, and butter both sides. Gently place in 2 1/2-inch muffin cups or 4-ounce ramekins, pressing to form 4 individual tartlet crusts.
  • Mix spinach, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, milk, and garlic powder in small bowl; set aside.
  • To assemble tarts: divide ham among the 4 bread cups in muffin cups. Crack 1 egg into each tartlet crust, season with pepper, and top with a generous spoonful of spinach mixture. Bake in oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until egg whites are firm, but yolks are still moist. Cool slightly. If using muffin cups, remove from cups to serve.
  • Serves
    Yield 4 servings

    Notes, Tips & Suggestions
    Recipe courtesy of Melissa d'Arabian

    Preparation Time:
    30 minutes

    Cook Time:
    12 to 14 minutes

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Creative Messy Cooking is Good for Kids
How to cook up a mess with kids
Baking and basic food assembly is the easiest way to branch into messy culinary play. Cut up fruits and vegetables to make fun faces, or simply mix together homemade dough to play with and shape. (See recipes.)

Age is just a number! Allow even the youngest chef to help by pouring ingredients like flour, sugar and eggs into a bowl.

Start simple. No-bake cookies, smoothies and sandwiches are a great start. If using a cookbook, start with one that has pictures for each instruction.

Pour on the praise! No matter the outcome, always encourage their effort. Remember, practice makes perfect.

Spills happen. Take it in stride and simply use the opportunity to teach clean-up. Clean applicable surfaces with Clorox Clean-Up Cleaner with Bleach, especially after using eggs or raw meat.

Say Yes to Mess
(Family Features) - It seems as if parents spend a lot of time trying to get their kids to clean up - or, better yet, to not make a mess in the first place. But guess what? Getting messy can actually be good for kids.

Clinical research shows that creative, messy activities like cooking and baking engage all of a child's senses, helping them explore new ideas and teaching them how to solve problems. It also provides valuable time together, as well as an opportunity to teach basic math skills, cleaning habits and nutrition.

To unlock a child's fullest potential, cooking activities, even as simple as pouring and mixing, are recommended at least three to four times a week," said Karen Deerwester, child development expert and founder of Family Time, Inc.

According to Deerwester, children shape their own learning by transforming unpredictable, messy experiences into creative, purposeful action.
"These mess-to-morsel experiences teach children a critical life skill called executive function," she said, "which is a child's ability to self-manage behavior and negotiate age-appropriate challenges and obstacles. Furthermore, these types of activities teach kids to take risks, learn from mistakes and create out-of-the-box solutions."

Children learn through play, so Deerwester encourages parents to cook up a mess with their children on a regular basis. These tips and ideas will help you create a powerful - and fun - learning experience for your child.

For more information and ideas for messy play activities, visit

“What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes.

From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.

In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, as well as a new afterword and backmatter, The Omnivore’s Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most:

It’s time to take charge of our national eating habits—and it starts with you.
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