Friday, January 25, 2013

How to Make Kale Chips with Your Preschooler

Kids under 5 seem to love to rip paper. They also like to bake, need to eat their greens, and need time with you. At the nexus of all these things is Kale Chips. See the diagram if you don't believe me. 


1 large buch of Kale
1-2 Tbs Olive Oils
1/2 tps Salt. 
Parchment paper (optional)
Thin baking sheet. You want good direct heat-transfer. 
One small assistant (optional but much more fun) 

Preheat your over to 275 F. Wash the kale really well and then dry it thoroughly. I use a spinner because my two year old loves to crank it up. Have your kid rip the kale off its more woody stems and tear it into roughly 2 inch by 2 inch pieces. My two year old loves this part. Put the shredded kale on a thin baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle some olive over the Kale and have your toddler runch her hands through it until the oil evenly coats the kale. Sprinkle a bit of salt over the Kale. Pop the baking sheet in the over for 30 to 40 min. Somewhere toward the middle of the baking time stir the Kale with a spatula. When your Kale is done it will be dry and crispy like a very thin potato chip. It will taste a bit like a potato chips too so your kid will eat it with enthusiasm. 

My guess for the calories :
120 cal for Olive oil
30 cal for Kale
This makes about 2 servings, so 75 ish calories per serving.