Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cooking with Kale

Ever since reading Crazy Sexy Diet, I have been diligent about getting more greens into my family's meals. Finn will actually eat a wide variety of vegetables, but he is not big into leafy greens, so in order to get him to eat more, I need to be a bit sneaky. Here is some of what we ate yesterday:
I found a recipe for kale and apple muffins and decided to give it a shot. I used about 1/2 the honey suggested in the recipe. They came out not quite sweet, and not quite savory, but I thought they were pretty good. Not nearly as sweet as the normal fruity muffins I regularly make and they tasted healthy (in a good way). Finn helped to prepare these (and saw the kale go in) and still ate 2 of them when they came out of the oven. I guess that means they passed the test!
For dinner, I made this vegetable hash, although I left out the mushrooms because I didn't have any and added parmesean cheese to the top. I thought it was pretty good, although Finn wasn't much of a fan. Honestly, I am more excited to cook up the leftovers with eggs in a scramble this morning than I was to eat it for dinner last night!

I am planning on slowly trying to change my family's taste buds to less sweet. We eat decently healthy, but do eat a lot of white breads and other starches, and I want to try and cut back on these (as I write this I am eating a piece of bread with a square of dark chocolate on top-- ha!). Anyways, I will be in search of more sneaky ways to get lots of veggies into Finn's food! Pin It Now!


  1. yum- you have inspired me- although on sunday to took a whole batch of kale, made kale chips and ate almost the whole bunch myself.

  2. The vegetable hash recipe looks really good! I think I might have to check that one out. My family loves to make kale chips. They are absolutely delicious! Even the picky 4 year old loves them.