Kid-Approved Kale Salad

avocadoAfter Thanksgiving, my mother-in-law gave me a bunch of kale. Well, bunch is a little too mild — more like a crapload. She got it from her friend’s garden. I wish mine was that productive. The kale, already wilted, filled a paper grocery bag. It took me three days to revive it all, soaking it in cold water, then it expanded and I had enough to fill a tall kitchen garbage bag. Seriously.

I had to do something with the kale. As luck would have it, I’d read about some creative, healthy holiday sides on a friend-of-a-friend’s blog (radish*rose) just before Thanksgiving. One that intrigued me even before I had the kale was really simple and it promised to transform the kale into something amazing. Plus the recipe was so easy I had almost memorized it. It wouldn’t use all of the kale by any stretch – I froze most of it — but I was able to take advantage of the garden-freshness.

I am happy to say that the recipe did transform the kale. Here it is: Addictive Avocado-Lemon-Kale Salad. It’s basically kale with avocado massaged into it and a bit of lemon juice. I didn’t even add the crunchy-sliced-almond garnish and my kids went gaga over it.(Gaga? Oh my God, I’m dating myself.) The kids who wouldn’t eat cooked kale had seconds and thirds. My husband loved it too. And it’s healthy — kale’s a superfood; avocado has good fats; what’s not to love? Try it, try it, try it! I promise you’ll enjoy.

Special thanks to radish*rose.

Kids and Food: Edible Insanity

VegsI’m introducing something new to this space. I’m writing a cookbook, and I’m starting here. I’ll still be posting the family stuff, but I’d like to add posts about food — specifically adventures in food with my kids. I’ll post experiments with new foods, their results, and for the best outcomes, I’ll post some recipes. The recipes will be corn-free and dye-free, to accommodate our allergies. I do have some recipes with corn pre-allergy and I may post one now and then. I hope you’ll enjoy the new posts. Please be vocal in the comments and let me know what you think, and if you like what you see, please tell your friends.

This week I’m experimenting with kale. My daughter likes sauteed kale, but this week I’m using it in an enchilada sauce to see if I can sell it to my son too. I’ll let you know how it goes.