Aside from avocados, Sadie pretty much despises vegetables. No kidding. We’ve tried them all and the Sadie veto looks like this…tiny hand picks up the unsuspecting vegetable, arm swings the vegetable away – with a crane-like grace – from the high chair tray, tiny hand drops the vegetable onto the floor. Veto! That is, until tonight!
On my way home with Caleb and Sadie (Mateo had class tonight), I was trying to think of something to do with the dinosaur kale that we had in the fridge. Everyone has been talking about “kale chips” lately, so I thought I’d take them on as a quick project to do with Caleb this evening before dinner.
So easy. I pulled two bunches of dinosaur kale (and what kid wouldn’t love to eat something with the name ‘dinosaur’ in it?) out of the fridge, washed, put in salad spinner, and let Caleb have at it. Once the leaves were dry, I cut them up in small bite size pieces, tossed in a bowl, and had Caleb sprinkle a little olive oil and a pinch of sea salt over the greens. He mixed with wood spoons, then helped me spread the kale over a tinfoil-lined baking sheet. We put the pan in the oven at 350F for about 15-20 minutes. I kept tossing them around with a spatula until they started to look crisp and ever-so-slightly browned.
Once done, I put the oven-baked kale chips onto a plate and served them at dinner, along with pot-stickers (I was tired…it was a long day)! Caleb was sitting to one side of me, just gobbling down his pot-stickers and kale chips as if he had them all the time. I turned to Sadie, feeling very unsure about what was to come. I handed her a small batch of kale chips…fully expecting them to become ‘floor fertilizer’ any minute. She touched them. She picked them up. She put them in her mouth! She was eating them! And the crowd goes wild!!!
What I love about these kale chips is that to the kids, they’re just tasty…salty and crunchy. What they don’t realize is that kale is a powerful antioxidant, packed full of beta carotene, Vitamins C & K, and calcium. Now, that’s a ‘power veggie’! Awesome that I can pull a fast-one on my kiddos and slip in a bunch of important nutrients into their diet, while they’re innocently munching away on their favorite new snack. I especially love that a quick cooking project for Caleb and Mom, at the end of a long day, turned into an important food discovery….Sadie will eat greens!