We’re still in the dog days of summer, which means it’s time for going to the (air-conditioned) movies and eating garden-fresh foods. For this month’s movie-themed eats, we thought we’d have some fun with the new movie The Odd Life of Timothy Green opening this Wednesday. The movie is about a childless couple whose dream child mysteriously appears in their lives one morning, bringing all sorts of strange and wondrous changes to the lives of everyone around him. There’s a recurring theme of green leaves throughout the movie, which gives us a great opening to celebrate with our favorite “green” foods.
We’ll start with one of the craziest ways to eat green leaves – a breakfast salad. Breakfast…salad?!?! Yep. Why not? This one has tasty walnuts, blueberries, and chunks of mango, along with a mango-citrus dressing. Even if your kid turns up his nose at greens during dinnertime, he might be convinced just by shock value alone when he sees leafy greens at the breakfast table.
Next up is a green smoothie that gets its bright color from steamed rainbow chard – but it’s sweet, thanks to pineapple and honey. If your kid absolutely resists greens, it might be easier to get him to drink them (especially if there aren’t any leaves to look at).
Ready for some main courses? We’ve got a greens, eggs, and ham frittata that could charm the green into just about anyone. We made this one with a mixture of Swiss chard, mustard greens, turnip greens and kale, but you could improvise with any kind of sturdy greens you have on hand.
And now for dessert. Of course you can have green grapes, kiwi, or honeydew melon, but why not go all out with a green cake? This green cake is a Jolly Tomato favorite, made green with rainbow chard. It’s pretty to look at and it tastes good too. Five out of five kids who taste-tested it asked for seconds – and could not quite place the flavor.
Ready to have a green-themed week now? You can get in the spirit by watching this preview of The Odd Life of Timothy Green, courtesy of Disney:
Disclosure: Disney treated us to a screening of The Odd Life of Timothy Green last month.