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5-Minute Kale Crisps

Claire Wright


Serves: 4

Prep time: 1 min

Cook time: 5 mins


1 (200g) bag of kale, leaves removed from the stalks and stalks discarded

2 tbsp olive oil

a generous pinch of sea salt (table salt won't work as well here)


Recipe created for Veg Power by Claire Wright. Food photography by Claire Wright |

Claire Wright from shares 3 simple ways to prepare leafy greens that the whole family will enjoy.

Got some crisp-lovers in the family? Try our healthy 3-ingredient, 5-minute version – kale crisps – and surprise them all by how salty, crispy and crunchy they are.


Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4.

Tear the kale leaves into small pieces and lay out on a baking tray. Drizzle over the olive oil and toss to make sure everything is coated. Spread out the kale pieces and sprinkle over the sea salt.

Bake for 5 mins and check on them – they should be just darkening at the edges and feel crispy to the touch. If they aren’t, put them back in the oven for up to another 5 mins, checking regularly and taking out as soon as they have crisped up but before they burn.

Allow them to cool completely, then serve on their own or with a dip.

Engaging Kids

Engaging Kids

Kids who engage regularly with veg through veg-themed activities, such as arts and crafts, sensory experiences, growing and cooking are shown to be more likely to eat the veg they engage with. Encouraging kids to engage and play with veg is the handy first step to them developing a good relationship with veg and life-long healthy eating.

Kids in the kitchen

Kids in the kitchen

Kids can do pretty much everything here: get them to remove the leaves from the stalks (if they are still on) and tear them into small pieces. Have them toss the leaves in the olive oil and spread out on the tray, then sprinkle over the salt.



While getting kids to interact with veggies for real and using their senses to explore them is best, encouraging hands off activities like arts & crafts, puzzles & games or at-home science experiments can be a great start, particularly for those who are fussier eaters or struggle with anything too sensory. Use these veg-themed activities as a stepping stone to interacting with the veg themselves. We have loads of crafty downloads here, puzzles here, and quirky science with veg here.



Once you feel your child is ready to engage a little more, you can show them how to explore the veg you have on hand with their senses, coming up with playful silly descriptions of how a veg smells, feels, looks, sounds and perhaps even tastes. Find ideas, videos and some simple sensory education session ideas to get you started here.



The moments before food is offered can be a perfect opportunity for engagement that can help make it more likely a child will eat it! Giving children a sense of ownership in the meal can make a big difference to their feelings going into it and the pride they take in it. You know your child best, but if you aren’t sure where to start, we have some fun and simple ideas for easy roles you can give them in the serving process over here.

Claire Wright

Editor: After leaving Exeter University with a degree in English Literature, Claire worked in various fields ranging from youth work and charities to publishing, before starting up a food-focused website when her first child was born. After being asked to project manage the publication of Veg Power's Crowdfunder book, Claire came on board as a fully-fledged team member in 2018 to take on the role of Communications Manager, then Editor, looking after Veg Power's website, content, recipes and social media platforms.

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