Making Kale Chips is an extra fun way to eat veggies, and a great recipe for getting kids involved in the kitchen by having them rip or massage the leaves!
Kale is also easy to grow in some parts of BC and is a fun gardening activity for home or at a child care centre to get kids involved in learning about growing food. Try growing kale indoors if where you live gets quite cold.
- Wash and dry kale thoroughly. Remove stems.
- Rip kale into bite-sized (approximately 2 inch x 2 inch) pieces (not too small that they’ll become crumbs).
- Spread evenly on baking sheets then drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
- Using hands, massage oil evenly into all piece of kale.
- Bake in a 325 F oven for 15 minutes checking occasionally but not stirring, until lightly golden and crisped.
- Help your child to wash her hands with soap and water before and after preparing food.
- Supervise your child when using knives or other kitchen utensils.
- For active play, make sure the area is clear of obstacles before playing.
Source: Nicole Fetterly, RD
Note: Childcare facilities with 8 or more children should check with their Licensing Officer about what is needed to serve food.