If there is one thing we learned from our childhood about food preferences it is this: kids do not like eating fish. In a recent article from The Roanoke Times, fish is right up there with liver and Brussels sprouts when listing food that kids hate. Most parents would love their kids to munch on a whole, skin-on, head-on fish or in some other form that is not breaded and shaped like a stick.
Child and Youth Health says that eating fish is good for the health of infants and young children. It aids in building a strong heart and nervous system. It is an excellent source of protein and is rich in important vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D and iodine.
For mothers who would like for their kids to start eating fish without giving them a taste trauma, experimenting with salmon dishes is a good start. Aside from being packed with omega 3 fatty acids, salmon is full of flavor and has a firm texture which kids would absolutely love. You can do a basic recipe or try former Spice Girls member Emma Bunton’s salmon recipe. The Foxy Bingo Celebrity Mum for 2013 shares her recipe for grilled sesame-crusted salmon with a lemon mustard sauce, which is a hit to her two sons, Beau and Tate.
a salmon steak
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
2 tbsp sesame seeds
For the sauce:
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest and 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
100g low-fat mayonnaise
100g non-fat plain yoghurt
1 to 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp drained, prepared horseradish
salt and pepper to taste
First brush both sides of the salmon steak with one tablespoon of olive oil. Season it with salt and pepper. Then, press the sesame seeds onto both sides of the fish. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in a large, non-stick skillet pan. Put the salmon steak in the skillet and cook it for 5 to 6 minutes on each side.
While cooking the salmon steak, grate enough lemon zest for half a teaspoon, and squeeze enough fresh lemon juice to measure one tablespoon. Mix the rest of the sauce ingredients, starting with only two teaspoons of lemon juice, in a small serving bowl. Taste and add remaining lemon juice, if desired. Spoon the lemon mustard sauce over the salmon. This is best served with sesame noodle and cucumber salad.