Hailey loves to help me in the kitchen. She would rather be cooking with me than doing just about anything else. When she does something to lose a privilege, not being able to “make a mixture” is worse than no TV or playing on mommy’s iPhone. Isn’t that so wonderful? Yeah, you know me better than that. As much as I preach “cook with your kids” and truly believe in its value, I really just want to be left alone with my pots and pans. So, I’ve had some growing up to do. The sense of accomplishment she feels is well worth the extra effort and I’m very proud that she, at the age of 4, knows the essential ingredients in salad dressing.
The best thing about the kale chips, for me, was that Hailey was able to do all the prep work. She started by washing a bunch of kale…
then she dried it thoroughly,
added 1 TB of olive oil,
@ 1 tsp of salt (Okay, that’s how much she should have added, I let her get a little carried away. They were pretty salty.). Then she and Ella tossed it all together. Ella likes to help as well, but on a very limited basis. She didn’t stick around for a photo. I think the Fresh Beat Band was on TV.
Hailey then spread the kale out on a sheet pan I had lined with parchment paper.
I put the pan in a preheated 325-degree F oven for about 15-20 minutes.
We let them cool for a few minutes then dug in.
I really was impressed with how crispy they were. If they hadn’t been so salty, Bob and I may have eaten the whole bowl. I think the girls would have still stopped at a few, but, I doubt they would have even tried them if Hailey hadn’t made them herself (with a little help from Ella… oh, and mom).
Our children teach us what life is all about.