28.3.17

20 Healthy Salmon Recipes Your Family Will Love

by Robin




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!




Cooking Classy - Grilled Lime Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa and Coconut Rice 






Chelsea's Messy Apron - Tin Foil Garlic Parmesan Salmon and Veggies 





Fashionable Foods - Grilled Salmon Cobb Salad 




A Beautiful Mess - Sweet Chili Garlic Salmon 




Tastes of Lizzy T - Salmon Quesadillas 




Homemade Hooplah - Teriyaki Salmon Sriracha Cream Sauce 










The Inspired Home - Cilantro Salmon with Rice

















The Cozy Apron - Bourbon Salmon 




Climbing Grier Mountain - Sockeye Salmon Nachos 




Pickled Plum - Salmon Croquettes 




Willow Bird Baking - Salmon Tacos Cilantro Lime Slaw 
























If you're looking for more family pleasing healthy recipes  check out our roundup of  20 Quick and Easy Sheet Pan Meals!






5 comments:

  1. What a great round-up of healthy salmon recipes. I'm always on the hunt for kid-friendly meals.

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! Hope you found something good for your family. :)

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  2. Like you I have one Salmon lover and one not so much, PLUS...a reluctant hubby. But, I think I might be able to coax a few bites of some of these delicious sounding recipes. Thanks for the roundup. PInning for my future reference.

    Hugs, Lynn

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    1. There's got to be something on this list, Lynn! Some of the grilled ones maybe? Wishing you the best! :)

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  3. Salmon used to be a family fave but I think I over did it- appearing each week on the menu plan, baked salmon in the winter, grilled in summer, seasoned with salt and pepper and a little olive oil or butter, served with potatoes and broccoli. It's still my son's fave but the rest of us are less jazzed about it. Many of these look great- I've had some success with using recipes with a sauce of some sort. I also think the salmon we've been getting lately isn't as good; drier, bland- that's why the sauces help, adds some flavour and seals in some moisture.
    What kind of salmon do you buy? I normally get wild pacific salmon, either highliner or seaquest, basically the only offering for wild MSC salmon in my supermarket. I wonder if I got Atlantic salmon if I would notice an improvement
    Thanks for all the great ideas. We'll definitely be putting a few of these to the test and hope to make salmon the family favourite again.

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