Drumroll, please...the last 9 for '09: "Eat more greens"

January 14,2009
Sweet Pea Chef
Jessica Efird( )

Jessica, aka the Sweet Pea Chef, is a former U.S. Senate staffer/weekend gourmet turned full-time mom/family gourmet. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and two sons.

Last summer, while on vacation, I had a parent tell me, "My child’s favorite food is kale. This is a problem, since it is impossible to pack kale for lunch!" I smiled and shook my head, thinking to myself: I have failed to raise healthy eaters, since R and G would probably rather eat anything BUT kale -OR- perhaps this parent is a bit haughty. Either way, I do know how healthy greens are, so I tried to give kale a crack because I realized that I had never even made it. Sweet Pea Chef’s "Give Kale a Chance" 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 onion, sliced 2 cloves of garlic, minced 1-2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 6-8 stems of kale, stems trimmed and chopped 3-4 cups of chicken broth In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onions and allow them to brown a bit (about 5-10 minutes). Add the garlic and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar to deglaze the pan(fancy expression for "loosen the bits of brown off the bottom of the pan"), using a spatula or spoon. Trim and chop the kale. Add to the skillet, along with 2 cups of broth. Cook for 5 minutes. The kale will be beginning to wilt. Stir and add more broth if the broth has fully evaporated. Cover and cook for 10 minutes. Check and add more broth if needed. Cover and cook for another 10 minutes, checking if more broth is needed. Repeat until the kale is fully wilted. Serve as a side and cross your fingers that your sweet peas will eat it. SPH and I thought they were quite tasty, but despite lots of marketing and convincing, all we could get from R and G were "no thank you" tastes. I think we’ll stick with our Popeye Calzones and Roasted Vegetable Lasagna as ways to sneak the greens in for the kids, and keep trying on the kale, collards and other greens. So there you have it...9 ways to help your family eat better in '09. And it only took me halfway through the first month to detail my list! SPC