This vitamin-packed leafy green can be a tough sell for children, so you'll want to win them over with two strategies: Turn kale into a food nearly all kids love (chips) and then up the ante with a dip. One recent study at Temple University found that 3- to 5-year-olds chowed down about 80 percent more veggies when they had something to dunk them in.
This two-bite take on spanakopita features the classic combo of spinach and feta.
Recipe by J.M. Hirsch from Lunch Box Blues:
J.M. is the national food editor for the Associated Press. His blog chronicles the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of creating his son's lunches, complete with mouth-watering, up close shots of each meal. J.M.'s site was the inspiration for his latest cookbook, Beating the Lunch Box Blues, out this month. lunchboxblues.com
This recipe has converted many a kale skeptic. Expecting a mass of cooked greens, they're shocked to be served a bright, fresh, cheese-tinged tangle of salad. Younger skeptics may also be won over by the dish's deliciously prehistoric name.