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Tuscan Kale Bites

Kale. Oh, how I love kale. Not because it was all trendy – I mean, I think you can buy kale chips at Wal-Mart now, a sure sign the trend has officially jumped the leafy green shark. But I love kale because it’s so sturdy and crunchy, a little bitter, and it just feels so healthy. Also it’s super easy to grow, so it always makes an appearance in our garden.

kale bites

Kids, however, almost universally despise kale. And I can’t really blame them – it’s hard to chew, dark green (a sure sign of evil), and a little bitter. When we add sautéed kale to stir frys and things, I chop it up *really* small so it’s less noticeable, but we are still not one of those obnoxious families whose small children scarf down bowl fulls of raw kale with homemade sriracha and fermented garlicky beets.

Our kids love cheese. And clementines. And cookies. But mostly cheese.

So I invented these little cheesy kale bites to help introduce a less friendly vegetable to my little eaters. The cannellini beans give them some heft, protein, and help temper the bitterness of kale, the parmesan and mozzarella are just melty and good – I mean, cheese, right? – and the kale, although still the star of the show, is a little bit more approachable for little eaters. how to get kids to eat kaleLet’s get started.

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kale recipe for kids

   

2 Responses to “Tuscan Kale Bites”

  1. Shayna Wood June 22, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Thank you so much for this recipe! My little guy is always hit or miss on what he likes at the moment, but these were a repeated hit!

    • TeachEatLove June 22, 2016 at 6:48 pm

      Yay! I’m so glad to hear that!

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