I don't know any kids that don't eat well. I think that's why it's strange for me to hear about children who will only eat white food, or that will pick out this or that from their dinners. As my daughter is getting older, she is developing some preferences and aversions, but she still tries new foods with enthusiasm.
One of the recent dishes she lapped up was an Italian Kale dish that our friend Klaire's daddy cooked for us last week. It was a gorgeous side to a simple meal that I am excited to recreate time and time again in my kitchen.
1 bunch of Italian Kale (you can also use chard, collard greens, or even shredded Brussels sprouts)
1 shallot, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
1 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp cream
Fresh cracked pepper
(You don't need salt, the soy sauce provides that)
In a deep sautée pan or a stock pot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and sautée them for a couple of minutes until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or so, then add the stemmed and corsely shredded kale (you and your kiddos can shred the greens with your hands). With some tongs, stir and rotate the greens in the oil so that they are evenly coated. Turn down the heat a bit and let the greens cook for three to five minutes, stirring frequently so that they don't burn. Add the chicken stock and let simmer for ten minutes or so. After the liquid has reduced a bit, add the soy sauce and cream and continue to cook for another few minutes. Crack some pepper over it at the end then serve it up with some steamed brown rice, a piece of fish or chicken, and crusty bread for dipping in the sauce and you have a very tasty dinner.
Even if your kids are old enough to feed themselves, it's totally OK to help them eat foods that may be difficult for little hands to maneuver. Kale is one of those foods. I look at helping Lorelei eat her dinner as a great way to spend time with her. We are able to talk, visit, even cuddle while we share a tasty meal.
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