It’s Kool to Eat Kale!
October 16, 2022
No really… hear us out. That bitter leaf best known for decorating salad bars in the 1990’s is actually quite tasty when prepared the right way. This month our students learned first hand how kool eating kale can be!
Prior to becoming an ornamental garnish kale has been around for at least 2,000 years! It was grown in ancient Rome and Greece and was first mentioned in America during the 17th century. In the past decade, kale has been making a big comeback as a popular healthy ingredient in salads, smoothies, soups, and more! Eating kale is once again becoming the kool thing to do!
So how do you take a vegetable known for its strong earthy taste and make it… tasty? The key is in how you choose, and prepare it! In the classroom we always have students try each vegetable prepared in two different ways. You may not like the taste of an ingredient by itself or prepared in one particular way, but prepared in another way, it can be magical… Nobody likes flour by itself, but add a few ingredients and it becomes a tasty dessert such as a cake, cupcake, pancake, etc.
The secret to preparing kale is usually to add an acidic citrus juice or oil to cut the strong flavor of the kale. Here is a kool kale recipe many of our kids enjoy. We’ve heard numerous reports from parents that have found they love making this recipe at home for the whole family!
- Olive Oil
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Tear your kale leaf into multiple pieces taking it off of its spine.
- Rinse the kale in a bowl of water, then dry it on a paper towel.
- In a large bowl, evenly coat 2 cups of kale with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt-free seasoning.
- Lay and spread the kale out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Bake at 350°F for 10 to 12 minutes.
We hope you enjoy this recipe just as much as our kids do!