Friday, July 9, 2010

Kool Kale

Kale is chock-full of nutritious substances that are great for Mom, Toddler and Baby. This is more of a snack than a meal, but my son goes crazy for them as an afternoon snack! The olive oil adds some extra healthy fats for Toddler and the lemon juice and sea salt add some more flavor complexity for Mom.
For babies (six months and older): Kale Puree
For toddlers (older than a year): "Bday Suit" Chips
For mommies (of any age): Sweet & Salty Chips

Ingredients:
- 1 bunch kale
- 1/2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- Juice from about a quarter lemon
- Sea salt

Directions:
- Heat about a half cup of water in a saucepan on the oven. Bring to a boil.
- Preheat oven to 300.
- Rinse and dry kale. Separate leaves from the rigid stalk. Put the leaves in a large bowl.
- Separate a third of the leaves into boiling water and cover. Steam for approximately two minutes.
- While steaming, add the olive oil to the bowl of remaining kale leaves.
- Separate half of the leaves from the bowl onto a single layer on a baking sheet, taking up about half the space on the sheet. This will be Tot's "Bday Suit" Chips (i.e. naked).
- Add the lemon juice and sea salt to the remaining kale in the bowl (I use a grinder and usually give it two "grinds" - which I think equals about a teaspoon) and toss.
- Spread remaining leaves onto the other half of the baking sheet. This half becomes Mom's "Sweet & Salty" snack.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes, or until crispy.
- Remove kale on the oven from the heat and puree using a blender or food processor. This is Baby's Puree.

Variations: for Mom's version, you can try adding some garlic salt (instead of the lemon and sea salt) or cayenne pepper (also instead of the lemon and sea salt). Freshly chopped garlic and sea salt are also interesting. 

Bon apetit!

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3 comments:

  1. I keep hearing about these kale chips ... I am really going to have to make them at some point! I love the nutritional value. Maybe my toddler would even eat them...

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  2. Hi! Definitely try the kale chips with your toddler. My 16-month-old goes crazy for them. Just a side note about "kale overdoses" - your little one's diapers might be a funny color. I had a minor freak out moment at the dark green nastiness after our first kale incident, resulting in a funny trip to the doctor, where the nurse informed me that it wasn't a good idea to let my son eat the WHOLE pan :)

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  3. I will have to try this out this week.

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