You Never Know
Ever notice that some of the most picky children like some of the weirdest foods? I always hear stories like, “my kids only eat chicken nuggets, Cheese-Its, and Goldfish…..oh, yeah and pickles! What?!
Somewhere in there is a sophisticated eater, just waiting to break free! Keep trying different foods – at least a few times a week. When it doubt, take a new vegetable – wash it peel it and boil it, then put a little olive oil/butter and salt on it and cut it into small pieces. They may just surprise you.
Three months ago I didn’t want anything to do with Kale Chips (and neither did my kids). But, I made them several times and now they disappear 5 minutes after they come out of the oven!
1) Wash and THOROUGHLY dry 1 bunch of kale (use salad spinner, paper towels, dish towels – whatever it takes)
2) Take out stem: Hold piece of Kale upside-down and grab it by the end of the stem. Slide your hand down the stem and the greens should slide right off!
3) Rip Kale into large pieces and lay on 2 baking sheets. Drizzle with a little olive oil and salt. Use hands to toss making sure that each pieces is very lightly coated. Space out pieces on baking sheet – try not to overlap.
4) If you have a Convection Oven, put it on 350 for 7 minutes and they will be perfect! If not put regular oven on 375 for 8-9 minutes. Enjoy!
How Can the Kids Help?
- Teach the kids how to use the salad spinner – faster, faster!
- Show them how to strip the leafy green off it’s stem.
- Demonstrate how much a “drizzle” of oil and a “dash” of salt is.
- When you flip the Kale leaf over and run cold water over it, it looks like little pieces of glass everywhere!
- Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables on the planet!
- Among a host of other vitamins/minerals, it has 180% of vitamin A, 200% of vitamin C, and 1,020% of vitamin K!