Yield: Serves 2
Total Time: 30 min
Fresh kale leaves look very voluminous and full when they are fresh. But when baked, they shrink down considerably. So consider making two bunches of kale if you are serving more than two people. For me, I can eat one whole bunch of kale by myself! And make sure to splurge on that nice sea salt for these. It is completely worth it.
- one bunch of fresh kale,
- Sea salt
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Olive oil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Wash kale. Remove tough inner stems from kale leaves.
- Tear the kale leaves into large pieces. They will shrink, so tear them into pieces that are a little larger than what you’d like to eat.
- Dry kale leaves well with paper towels.
- Place kale leaves in large bowl. Start by tossing in about 1 tablespoon of olive oil at a time, when needed. The kale needs to be lightly coated with oil. Too much will make the kale limp and greasy. Sprinkle with sea salt and fresh crushed black pepper.
- Layer kale leaves in a single layer in a baking sheet lined. You can use parchment paper if you like for easier cleaning.
- Bake for 12-14 minutes or until crisp. About 5 minutes before they are finished, gently toss them on the sheet pan for more even baking. They will burn easy, be aware of how they are baking.
This is something different to make with your kids! They will be surprised at how good they taste! Try it out!
Plan with your kids!
Go over your Thanksgiving menu with your kids. Come up with some ideas together…or add in some of their favorite side dishes and/or desserts!
Take your kids to the supermarket…
Maybe you don’t want to take them for the full shop for your holiday dinner, but it’s a great idea to take your kids along with a smaller shopping list. Shop for the ingredients for the recipes that you picked together and try to point out some of the seasonal foods (pumpkins, butternut squash, pomegranates, etc…) that they may not normally get to see. This is a great opportunity to introduce some new foods!
Help in the Kitchen!
A day or two ahead of the holiday, recruit your kids to help prepare some of the dishes you picked out together. Also, let them help with the preparation of a recipe they haven’t tried before. When kids get to do some of the cooking, they get really excited. They love getting their hands dirty!
Decorate, Decorate, Decorate!!
Arts and crafts are always a treat during the holidays. Your kids will be very proud if you display some of their artwork on the holiday table. Have them make placemats and place cards for your guests. While they are busy decorating, have them set the table too!
Remember what you are thankful for…
Go around the table and have everyone share something that they are thankful for. This is a great tradition to start with your family that they will always remember. Enjoy!!!