I haven’t shared any toddler approved recipes lately, not for failure of trying, but for failure of pleasing my seventeen month old son. I continue to test out new foods with my son to maximize his exposure and tempt his interests in hopes of achieving a win. This is tough! It’s a challenge figuring out what he will eat or throw. And throw he will. Veggies are by far the hardest to sneak past my son, which leaves me constantly thinking about ways to mask them. He loves Veggie Straws, crackers and other crunchy things, so I thought I would give kale chips a try. I’ve had some fails with soggy kale chips in the past. Crispness is key to making kale chips delish! I tweaked my recipe a bit, which resulted in perfectly crisp kale chips that my son actually ate. I still can’t believe it! Have a look at what I did to make a yummy and healthy snack that my whole family enjoyed.
Ingredients: 1 bunch Kale, 1 tbsp olive oil, salt and pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F and bring in your kitchen helper. Washing, tearing and transferring kale are great tasks to involve little ones in. My son loves helping in the kitchen and I let him do so as much as possible.
2. Tear the kale leaves into large pieces away from the stems and rinse.
3. Thoroughly dry the kale. I placed kale on a towel and blotted it dry with a paper towel. I’ve found that carefully drying the kale is an important step to getting crispy kale chips.
4. Toss kale in olive oil. Salt and pepper to taste. I prefer using sea-salt. Sprinkle with cayenne pepper for an extra kick.
5. Spread kale in a single layer on a baking sheet. Make sure the kale is not overlapping or crammed onto the baking sheet. It’s better to spread the kale leaves out onto two baking sheets or cook it in batches than to pack it onto one tray.
6. Cook kale for fifteen minutes then rotate the pan and cook another fifteen minutes. Let cool.
7. Bon Appe’tit baby!
Verdict: Win and time to do it again! It’s all about trial and error in my kitchen. My son is totally into eating peanut butter and jelly sandwiches these days, which are my default. They are so easy to make and I know he will eat them. PBJ + kale chips = win! Kale chips are a good way to get some veggies in my little man’s diet and are a great alternative to potato chips. They really are delicious, very light and flavorful and best of all nutritious. They won’t be around long, can’t eat just one. It took my son awhile to warm up to them, but now he grabs them by the handful. Give crispy kale chips a try and let me know what your little one thinks. Find more toddler friendly recipes here. Do you have any tricks to get veggies in little ones?! Please share!
Cheers to getting veggies in littles!
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