I am so excited because my little ones are FINALLY starting to take an interest in helping out in the kitchen. For months, I have begged them to help me stir the sauce or pour ingredients, but they always refused. Now, both girls are begging me at every single meal to cook, too. Some things are easier to make with toddlers than others. Chopping veggies? Not toddler friendly. But things like stirring, rolling out dough, and massaging kale are perfect for little hands.
Both of my girls love salty snacks and sweet treats, so I'm constantly trying to make things that mimic their favorite foods, but are more healthy. Homemade kale chips are perfect for this. Not only do they taste like yummy potato chips, but they are also fun to make with kiddos! Best of all, kale is in season now, so it should be readily available at grocery stores and farmers markets.
The thing about kale is that it tastes much better when it's massaged first. I know what you must be thinking. When I first heard this, I sort of rolled my eyes, too. But I can honestly say that this funny little trick is really essential in making the kale not so tough, and releasing all of its yummy flavors. And this part of making kale chips is what my daughters love to do!
medium bunch of kale
First, preheat your oven to 425 degrees and line a baking pan with parchment paper. Next, tear or chop your kale into bite-size pieces. Then, wash it well in running water. Pat it dry with a towel, then throw it into a bowl. Next, pour just a little olive oil into the bowl and get to massaging. (Again, this is the perfect task for toddlers!) When all of the kale has been massaged and coated in oil, line a baking sheet with the kale chips in an even layer. Sprinkle lightly with sea salt, then bake them for 8 to 10 minutes, until crisp.
These are best eaten right out of the oven because they taste so good warm. But, you can certainly store them in an airtight container for a few days if you must. Both of my girls gobble them up right away!