Kale Chips for Kids!
Kim Gerber came up with her own easy recipe for the snack time phenom, kale chips. With just a few ingredients (and some ingenious maneuvering), Kim found a super-tasty way to get the leafy power green into her kids’ diet.
Kale has always been a challenging vegetable for kids to eat, let alone like. I’ll be honest, Kale wasn’t even on my radar for years. Now I see piles of different varieties of this beautiful vegetable at the farmers market and my fingers itch to bring them all home to my family. There is Tuscan Kale (also known as Dinosaur Kale or Cavolo Nero), Curly Kale and even a variety with vibrant purple edges.
But—my kids wouldn’t touch Kale with a ten-foot pole. Enter the “Kale Chip”. Once I decided to bake the Kale and call it “Olive Oil Crisps” (the first key to our kid-friendly Kale introduction) – our lives around Kale changed forever. Presenting a large bowl full of the delicate “Crisps” to hungry kids before dinner was also helpful. I watched as they tentatively picked up a crisp, eyed it skeptically and slowly placed it in their mouth. Then I left the room and watched from afar (the final key to successful Kale acceptance). Thinking I was no longer paying attention, they polished off the entire bowl, apparently enjoying every bite.
Without much fanfare, I later mentioned that the olive oil crisps were made with Kale. The hard part was over. They tried them – and liked them – so hearing the term “Kale” didn’t phase them. The next time, I simply called them Kale Crisps – and the rest is history.
This article originally appeared on OutOfTheBoxFood.com. It is partially posted here with permission of the author.
Photo Credit: Kim Gerber
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