Kale Chips for Kids

Kale Recipes for KidsWhat Does a Dinosaur Eat?

The same thing we often do… Dinosaur Leaves (which are actually roasted kale chips in our house)! A study done at Cornell showed that kids will eat more of a food with a fun or silly name, so I try to add some clever name to an everyday food when I can. Broccoli trees, train track carrot sticks… use your kids’ interests to come up with names they will be attracted to.

It won’t always work but it’s worth a try! Today my method failed when I tried to pass off dill in rice as grass to feed a horse, since my son pretended he was a horse for a good portion of the day. This didn’t work as he told me he doesn’t like “salad” in his rice. Oh well, he did eat a bunch of salmon and carrots so I was happy anyway…

There are a bunch of recipes for Kale Chips out there – it works best for me when I use spray oil to coat the leaves because you use less oil and it spreads more evenly.

Dinosaur Leaves (aka Kale Chips)


  • 1 bunch kale
  • Canola or olive oil spray
  • 1 tsp salt or seasoned salt


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Remove thick stems from kale by tearing leaves off, or using a knife
  3. Wash and thoroughly dry kale (I usually do this ahead of time and leave it out to dry for a few hours – a salad spinner would work well if you have one)
  4. Spread kale out on a cookie sheet (can line with parchment paper for easy clean-up) and spray a light coating of oil
  5. Sprinkle salt and toss to cover kale evenly
  6. Bake until crispy, 10 to 15 minutes