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Kid's Kale

What you need: 

1/2 pound (2 cups packed) lacinato kale, cut to 1' ribbons
2 tablespoons liquid vegetarian broth
1 teaspoon oil (coconut, olive, or sunflower)
2 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed
2 to 3 teaspoons tamari, shoyu, or soy sauce
2-3 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast powder

What you do: 

1. Place kale, along with the broth, oil, garlic, and two teaspoons of the tamari into a medium-large skillet.
2. Cook over medium-high heat for 5-10 minutes, stirring often.
3. Toss with 2 teaspoons of the lemon juice and the nutritional yeast powder. If desired, add the additional tamari and lemon juice to taste. Enjoy the brilliant flavor and powerful antioxidants!
When children first see this, they often proclaim that they will have nothing to do with it. However, when they finally try it, they invariably scarf it down and ask for seconds! You can feel like a champion eating this, as kale is one of the most immune boosting, energizing, and strengthening vegetables around. It is also ridiculously high in calcium, iron, and vitamins. Admittedly, I belong to the elitist cult that prefers the lacinato variety (also called black kale).
Source of recipe: This is a recipe from my book "Radiant Health, Inner Wealth." I was inspired by all the in-season kale and wanted to make a delicious, immune-boosting recipe with it that kids would also enjoy.

Preparation Time: 
5 minutes, Cooking time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 
10 minutes


Thanks.  I'll have to try that.  Next time I go into "town", I'll have to check for lacinato kale at the store with best produce selection.  (Not much is available in the small town I live in.)  I want to like kale so bad.  Caitlin loves veggies and actually begs me to by broccolli every time we shop, but kale has never been her favorite.  Her bunny likes it though. 


You may have really good luck with kale chips though! They work great with the other kind of kale, vs. the lacinato being better for this recipe. My "Krazy Kale Chips" are a hit with kids, big time. In fact, I just made them for dinner & my daughter was scarfing them down like a maniac!
Here's a video on them:

Good luck! :)


My 4-yo would not eat this.  I thought it was good for being kale.  I think I'll try a bit harder to find the other variety of kale, because it sounds like it has a milder flavor.  I just want her to like it.  She loves most vegetables, so I guess I shouldn't be upset if she won't eat kale.  Thanks.


Not a stupid question!

Yes, it can be made w/ regular kale. It's just ideal to use Lacinato, that's all. But any kind is fine! :)


Stupid question, but does this work well with regular kale?  What exactly is the taste/nutritional difference?  Unless I grow it myself, fancy varieties of just about anything are not available here, and we have snow on the ground.  I have madie kale with tamari and tahini before, which my daugter ate but wasn't too wild about.  She is far from a picky eater though. 

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