As a society, we are obsessed with making our children eat kale.
I overheard some mommies discussing desperate attempts to get their children to eat kale. Kale chips, covering it with cheese and calling it dinosaur food, blending it into smoothies.
All of these sound terrible to me.
I love healthy food and even I struggle with kale. I don't think it was even on my mom's radar when I was little. We saw it at the grocery as a garnish for all fresh produce and I don't even think it occurred to us to put it in our mouths.
So, why bother? Why not just leave it as salad bar garnish and move on our with lives?
According to webmd, it is one of the most healthiest vegetables on the planet.
1 cup of kale = 9% daily value of calcium, and over 100% of Vitamin A, C, and K.
Probably not the worst thing to feed our kids, right? And even better if we can find ways to actually make it taste good.
And let's be honest, I bought a huge bag for another recipe and didn't know what to do with it.
I took a tip from from Rachel Ray and included some fresh ground nutmeg as it is supposed to pair well with hearty greens like kale. My next tip was from Baby G who will eat anything with sweet potatoes and ditto for apples. So, essentially I was trying everything I could to make kale palpable. And I think it worked....
Kale, Sweet Potato and Apple Puree
[1/2] large sweet potato or 1 small sweet potato, sliced
1 apple, sliced
2 generous handfuls of kale, stems removed
[1/4] teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg or ground nutmeg
1-2 tablespoons water (from steaming)
1. Steam sweet potato and apple for 2-3 minutes. Add kale and steam for additional 2 minutes.
2. Combine, sweet potato, apple, kale, ground nutmeg, and a splash of water from steaming in a blender. Puree until you reach desired consistency.
3. Store in fridge for up to 4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Beyond the Puree
This is a very sweet puree. It would be good paired with a strong cheese- goat or blue cheese and some steamed kale in a quesadilla or mixed in with some steel cut oats for a sweet twist on breakfast.
Even I was surprised how much Baby G liked it. I became one of those annoying moms smirking over her precious daughter eating kale. Then I had to remind myself how sweet it was with the sweet potato, apple, and warm nutmeg. This puree tastes so good that it's really not an accomplishment that your little one is gobbling kale....or is it?
The ground nutmeg really does complement the kale nicely. So much that I don't think I will be able to think of kale without it ever again.
What do you think about kale? Yay or nay? How does your little one like kale?