Green eggs and ham, just like in the Dr. Seuss book! Instead of dying the eggs with food coloring, we’re using spinach to get that bright green color. It tastes delicious and is so fun for the kids! It’s perfect for St. Patrick’s Day too!

Dye-Free Green Eggs and Ham

Eric and I were in a rush to get out the door the other day. I handed him a pair of white socks to put on Charlotte. He said “These don’t match.”

Me: “They’re both white, that means they match.”

Eric: “This is why you will never be a real girl.”

Dye-Free Green Eggs and Ham

I laughed so hard I almost fell over. The truth doesn’t hurt, in this case, it’s just a fact. Sometimes I feel like the girl version of Pinocchio. (“I’m a real boy!”) Minus the donkey ears, plus a complete lack of fashion sense.

I ask you: if a tree falls and no one is around, does it make a sound? If a 3-year-old has unmatched white socks, does anyone care? My mother-in-law’s not even in town for heaven’s sake. (Hi Kris!) At least when she’s around I make sure Charlotte doesn’t wear her usual pink-and-purple-sock combo. Supa classy. (Yes, I am THAT mom at Walmart.)

Dye-Free Green Eggs and Ham

I am SO ridiculously excited to dye our milk green this Monday. My mom The leprechauns came to our house every year growing up and magicked our milk green, and sometimes even our saucy pork chops (remember when they sold green ketchup? It was bad guys.)

So what are the St. Patrick’s Day traditions at your house? I am officially starting a Green Eggs and Ham tradition this year. My little Charlotte LOVES that book, she could in a box with a fox with you alllll day long.

These are festive and healthy to boot. All it is is eggs and spinach.

Dye-Free Green Eggs and Ham

2 cups of spinach. Yes, really, put it all in. I promise you won’t regret it. I could taste a little spinach flavor on my first bite but after that it just tasted like eggs. Even if you can taste the spinach though, I don’t see how that could be a bad thing, spinach and egg quiche is delicious! There’s a reason why people are always adding spinach to smoothies, it tends to take on the flavors of whatever is around it. Popeye was onto something. 

Dye-Free Green Eggs and Ham

Here are some other fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes to get you in the spirit!

Oreo Shamrock Shakes
Sour Patch Grapes (Leprechaun Candy) <—these are goooooood
Irish Soda Bread with Browned Butter

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Dye-Free Green Eggs and Ham

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 1 Serving
Green eggs and ham, just like in the Dr. Seuss book! Instead of dying the eggs with food coloring, we're using spinach to get that bright green color. It tastes delicious and is so fun for the kids! It's perfect for St. Patrick's Day too!


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups baby spinach, lightly packed
  • salt and pepper, plenty
  • butter , for frying
  • 4 slices Black forest ham


  • Add the eggs and spinach to a blender.
  • Blend on high for about a minute, then scrape down the sides and add a bunch of salt and pepper. Pulse for another minute or so, until the spinach is fully blended.
  • Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. When the butter is hot, pour in the egg mixture.
  • Let it sit for a minute or so until it starts to set, then use a spatula to gently stir it.
  • Remove from heat when the eggs have just barely set.
  • In the same pan (or in a separate one while you cook the eggs) heat the ham until it browns slightly.
  • Serve immediately.


I used baby spinach for this recipe, but regular spinach will work just fine too. You can also use kale.
Source: adapted from Elana's Pantry


Serving: 1egg | Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 388mg | Sodium: 1333mg | Potassium: 776mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 6101IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 109mg | Iron: 5mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Calories: 259
Keyword: deviled eggs, Green Eggs, Ham, Spinach
Did you make this? I'd love to see it!Mention @thefoodcharlatan or tag #thefoodcharlatan!

Dye-Free Green Eggs and HamLet your eggs set up like this in the pan before you scramble. Don’t let your butter brown before adding the eggs (like I did) because then it makes your eggs not quite as green.

Dye-Free Green Eggs and HamHappy St. Patrick’s Day!

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  1. Yessss, green ketchup. I remember that. This looks about 50x better than using green ketchup, though! Such a smart idea. Trying it out for the kids I nanny ASAP! :)

    1. Right Erin?? Haha. My mom was VERY festive when it came to greenery on St. Patrick’s Day. Let me know how the kiddos like it!

  2. Ohmahgawd “this is why you will never be a real girl” <– I killed myself laughing. Ain't NOBODY got time for caring about a 3 year old's matching/non-matching socks and if they do, they need to find a hobby. As for these green eggs, it was a genius move putting the spinach in for the colour. I need to make something green to celebrate St. Patty's day too. Maybe I'll just eat a box of mint oreos, chase it down with Baileys and call it a day.

    1. I’m liking the mint Oreos idea Nancy, I think that should be another new tradition I instate!!

  3. What a great idea! We don’t get too much into St Patricks Day, but I think we really should! And these green eggs should be on the menu for sure.


    1. My daughter is finally old enough to appreciate holidays so this will be my first year doing anything fun, we’ll see how it goes. Thanks for stopping by Christina!

  4. Haha!! Don’t worry, I don’t think I’ll ever be a real girl either…I never match my socks unless I happen to grab a matching pair. These actually look really delicious to me–so true about spinach + egg quiches! Why not just puree the spinach into the eggs? Genius! (And all the more so if your kids like em!)

  5. I would eat these on a train…I would eat these in the rain…
    Dr. Seuss ain’t got nothin’ on you, girl.

  6. Whine, whine, whine….you forgot to mention the awesome green mashed potatoes, green biscuits, and slightly green gravy :)

  7. I don’t have any St.Paddy’s day traditions, but I think I could start one with these. Love everything about this green breakfast!

    1. Thanks Nicole! I think I’m going to make these alongside the biscuits and gravy you just posted, I was just drooling over that a few minutes ago :)

  8. The leprechaun comes to our house each year and leaves a save get hunt for our nieces. Pretty tricky! Love the eggs. The spinach isrobably just oozing with goodness too.

  9. This is SUCH a cute idea! Great way to sneak extra veggies into your kids food. And I am SO not a “girly” girl either. I can live my life in jeans and t-shirts, and it’s a pretty big deal if I’m wearing heals. And I bet Charlotte looks adorable in mismatched socks : )

    1. I’m with you Natalie, it’s a pretty big deal if I’m wearing heels, haha! Cheddar Cheese Curry dip, you say?? Mmm heading over!!

  10. I have to say you did an amazing job making the eggs green. I am always nervous eating green eggs though. Your pic is awesome.

    1. Thanks Peter! I swear, you don’t have to be nervous, they are really good! :) Thanks for stopping by.

  11. I’m with ya, if both socks are white, then that’s a match :) I love this natural egg-dying method. This looks like a great breakfast.

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