Preschoolers In The Kitchen ~ Series (Kale Chips)

This is a series about teaching your preschoolers how to work around the kitchen. They can be a big help if they are interested and have the right tools. Expect a little more of a mess than if you were cooking alone, but they will find such joy in eating what they make themselves. I am starting my series with something a little weird for a preschooler ~ kale chips. I have a seasonal job at a berry/pumpkin farm and it's cole crops season(cool season crops such as Brussels sprout, cabbage, cauliflower, collards, kale, kohlrabi, mustard, broccoli, turnips and watercress). I had my preschooler tear the leaves off the stems, put them on the baking sheet and add some salt at the end. We baked them and when they were done, he ate one. He said, "It was good", but it wasn't a snack he gobbled up. Kale chips are good and healthy snack that my preschooler could help with. No special tools needed, just his cute little fingers.

Recipe: 1/2lb. curly or siberian kale (torn into bite size pieces)
             2 tsp olive oil
             salt & pepper
             (optional ~ brown sugar or parmesan cheese)
  Preheat oven at 375*. Cover a baking sheet with a single layer of washed, destemmed kale. Cover kale with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper & any optional topping. Bake for 15 min. or until the edges of kale turn a light brown. Cool. Eat. Enjoy!

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