Kale for Kiddos

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Kale, the recently-favored-sister to spinach, is gracing many a kitchen these days, including ours.  We’ve received it in our CSA box a couple of weeks in a row, and it’s been fun trying out new ways for all of us to enjoy it. Here are a few of my favorite ideas on how to prepare this delicious green for the kiddos:

This Sauteed Kale recipe is perfect for babies who are venturing into the world of solid foods. Simply sautee and then puree.

Kale Chips are a favorite for everyone in the house!  They are extremely easy to make.

We made a big pot of this Tomato and Kale Soup last week.  Instead of including potatoes, I added a cup of french lentils for protein.  It was delicious.  The great thing about soups is their flexibility – if you don’t have everything it calls for don’t allow one ingredient to hinder you from making it…just improvise!  You might surprise yourself:)

Kale Mashed Potatoes are on our menu for this week.  I may use the sweet potatoes from our CSA instead.  Do you think it’ll still taste good if we do?

Lastly, I haven’t tried Green Lemonade yet because, in all honesty, I already have it stuck in my head that Remy will hate it.  I’ve only heard such stories from other mamas but that isn’t a reason not to try…so…I’m putting this on my list for the week!  I’ll let y’all know how it goes.

Does kale find a place your kitchen?  What are your favorite ways to prepare it so that your kiddos will love it?

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9 Comments:

  1. Laura

    These are great, Holly! Sienna just started eating solids in the last month or so, so we’re not to kale yet, but I really hope she loves it as much as I do. My favorite grown-up way to eat it is Tuscan Kale Salad. The garlic is a little strong, but I think a version with a bit less of that would work for some kiddos. The trick is to make the salad at least 1hr. before eating it, so the dressing has time to soften the greens. Yum!

    1. Holly Post author

      I’m going to put that on our list (for G and I) next week if we get another bunch of Kale. Thanks for sharing, Laura!

  2. Whitney

    JH LOVES kale, apple, lemon, celery juice. We just got a vitamix, so we’re having fun! I use a 1-2 apples, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 stalk celery, and handful of any kind of kale. We both love it!

    1. Holly Post author

      I really want to get a Vitamix but haven’t made the plunge yet…perhaps for Christmas! Thanks for letting me know JH loves it, too. I’ll try out your combination.

      1. Whitney

        My friend purchased her vitamix through QVC possibly. She did a payment plan with no interest and she said it was the best thing she’s ever done! My mom gave us hers. I’m grateful! It’s amazing.

  3. Lizzy R.

    If the green lemonade doesn’t work, try green juice. The lemon may make it a little too tart for Remy. Jack drinks green juice everyday and loves it. He probably averages 2 sippy cups full per day. We do 3-4 large kale leaves, 1 cucumber, 1 head of celery, 1/2 inch of ginger and 2 apples. For the apples, try one tart and one sweet, but at first you may want to try just two sweet apples. Also, we have found that juicing is a great way to use those random veggies and fruit we get in our CSA basket. Good luck! We will be trying kale chips next.

    1. Holly Post author

      Awesome! Thanks for the recipe, Lizzy…we’ll try it!

  4. Britney Smith

    Kale and apple– Cut out the stalks and steam the kale. Mix in unsweetened applesauce to desired sweetness and texture. It’s makes a great go to veggie for the week and is a perfect consistency for little ones to practice using their spoon! You can substitute kale for spinach and if you would rather steam and puree you apples to try different kinds, that works just as well!

    1. Holly Post author

      Yum…thanks for sharing my dear:) Love y’all!

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