Getting Your Kids to Eat More Fish
Fish is so healthy! It’s mostly low in fat and full of essential fatty acids which help cognition and memory. But have you ever felt like banging your head against a wall, when trying to get the kid to eat more fish in their diet? Well, you’re not alone, it’s a struggle that moms and dads all over the country have. But what is the solution? Well, it’s to make the fish dishes you present your kids with, so delicious that they just can’t help but eat and enjoy them. Read on for some suggestions.
One way of preparing fish, so it is just delicious, and the kids will want to eat every scrap, is to smoke it. But, ‘I don’t live on a ranch with a smoke house,’ I hear you say? Well, don’t worry about that, because now you can get clean, efficient, and compact, electric smokers that will allow you to do this job in your very own kitchen.
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But how exactly do you smoke a fish? Well, first you need to brine it. Which means leaving it for 10 hours in a solution of sugar and spices to give it some added flavor.
Then you dry it off and place it into the smoker for around two hours. Check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer to make sure that it’s done, and it should be ready to eat.
Homemade fish fingers
Another way to encourage the kids to eat more healthy fish is to create your own fish fingers at home. Instead of using those gross bread crumbs that are fluorescent orange and come in a tin, why not make your own, with toasted granary bread? Once toasted just put in the blender to grind to a fine powder.
Then take a long strip of fish of your choice, salmon works well. As does white fish, and dip in a beaten egg. Then dredge it through the breadcrumbs.
Once it’s covered all over, place on a baking sheet and bake at 200 C for 20- 30 minutes. Or until the fish is cook through, and the breadcrumb coating is crispy.
Lastly, a favorite that the whole family will enjoy is a delicious fish pie. The basic recipe is to use a selection of fish and seafood. Such as cod, haddock, and prawns, coated in a cheese sauce. I use the recipe here for mine.
Then top off with mashed potatoes and some grated cheese and cook in the oven until golden and crispy.
You can even get super sneaky green veg in for the kids by just mixing with the fish and sauce. Serve with carrots, or even a garden salad in the summer for a delicious and nutritious meal.