I have a confession to make. My children’s favorite vegetable is kale. I really can’t explain it. I would be lying to say that they are generally good vegetable eaters. It just isn’t true (though they are getting better). They are far from the worst, and I have every confidence it will continue to get better with age, but they eat far fewer vegetables than I would like.
My eldest knows a lot about veggies. She can name them, identify them, likes to grow them. The actual eating of them is where things fall off the rails. I just keep serving them and enjoying my own. Slowly but surely, she is starting to eat and enjoy more.
But, KALE, that is a whole different story. Kale pesto, to be more specific. This is literally my eldest’s favorite food. My youngest loves it, too. I am not sure why. Perhaps because it is typically served on pasta, that makes it more desirable, but they will both eat it by the spoonful, too.
So, let me share the magic of kale pesto:
You will need:
- Bunch of kale, washed and stems removed
- Olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, sliced or coarsely chopped
- 1 lemon- juice from 1/2 of it
- Salt- start with a tsp
- Walnuts- 1/4 cup
- 1 box Rotini pasta
Now when I make this, I don’t follow a recipe. I am sure there was one we used to begin with. I just add until it tastes right. When I make it, it has more lemony flavor, heavier on the garlic when my husband does.
- Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil
- Blanch kale for 1-2 minutes. Remove kale from water and rinse under cool water. (You will use your pot of boiling water to cook pasta)
- Cook pasta according to instructions. When pouring into colander after cooking, keep 1/2 cup of pasta water.
- While pasta is cooking, you can make the pesto.
- Into blender or food processor, add kale (squeeze out all of the water first), olive oil, garlic, salt, walnuts, and lemon juice. Pulverize until you have a good texture. Adjust olive oil and salt to taste.
- Once pasta is done, stir in pesto and a little pasta water to help mix well.
- Top with parmesan if you like. Voila!
Like I said, my girls will eat it plain, sometimes I put a dollop on top of a slice of cheese. Next I plan to mix it into scrambled eggs.
Enjoy! And feel free to share your own kid-approved veggie dishes.