As a Registered Dietitian I know full and well all the benefits of eating salmon. But do you think it's a regular on our Meal Plan Master List?
Nope. Ed and I both love salmon - so the problem doesn't lie with us. You guessed it. We've got the same problem you likely do. We have kids. Kids can be less than open minded about some foods. One of those foods - so far - has been salmon.
I desperately want my kids to eat salmon!
- I know that it's loaded with DHA Omega-3 fats which are amazing for growing brains - and aging ones, too.
- It's also an incredible source of Vitamin D. In our frigid, grey Canadian winters - kids are too bundled up for their bodies to make the Sunshine Vitamin. From October to May Canadians need to be purposeful about getting Vitamin D. Nutrients found naturally in food are my preferred method over supplements. (But we do take a supplement of Vitamin D in the winter months. Ddrops are our favourite.)
So I've been experimenting with ways to get salmon onto our family table. We already regularly eat some fish. We've written before about our Healthier Fish Stick Hack recipe. I had thought about just substituting salmon for the white fish - but sometimes you can run the risk of turning some kids off of a recipe they like by messing with it too much.
A couple of months ago I had some success with a Salmon Cakes recipe from this wonderful family cookbook, Cooking Light Dinnertime Survival Guide: Feed Your Family. Save Your Sanity, from Sally at Real Mom Nutrition. One kid liked them fine, and the other took a couple of nibbles. That's success! With a few tweaks to the recipe I think I can get our reluctant eater on board.
This meal inspired me to go hunting for salmon recipes from other mom's and that's what this post is about. Below is 20+ healthy salmon recipes that I think may make it onto our table with success. Hopefully yours too!