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Here Fishy Fishy - Lime, Coriander & Ginger Salmon Pops

Baby Led Feeding Coriander and Lime Salmon Pops. Homemade Baby Food Recipes.

When I was a kid myself and my Dad would fish for Salmon and trout and our freezer became packed to the rim. Evidently we would end up having fish 2-3 times a week because it was cheap and easy for my mother to cook. I ate so much fish though that I went off salmon and trout for a long time and it is only recently that they have won be back over.

When buying salmon I always choose organic. It is readily available these days in all the large supermarkets including Lidl and Aldi and is also pretty inexpensive.

Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can feed your little ones. We call it ‘Bob the Builder Brainy food’ in our house as it not only helps build strong muscles and bones but it also helps to heal the scrapes and bumps that come with having a toddler running too fast. And even better it is also good for growing little minds with all those wonderful omega-3 fats.

This recipe is so easy to make and the vegetables when roasted become so soft that even smaller little ones starting out could manage them. I used peppers, onions and some cooked sweet potato but you can use any vegetables you have in your store cupboard or fridge. The more colour the better.

I got my bag of 50 ice pop sticks in my local art store for €1.99 and they have been used for a multitude of cooking experiments over the past few months. They make really good skewers for little hands as they are easy to manage and the kiddies love them.

The recipe is a great family dinner and it looks so fab when it’s served sprinkled with coriander and limes. Oscar managed to eat 2 little sticks but one would be sufficient for smaller babies.

If you would like to know more about why fish is good for little ones I found a really interesting article on Bord Bia (see the excerpt below).

Omega-3 fats are particularly important for children as they play an essential role in the early development of the brain and nerves.

BORD BIA – FISH FOR CHILDREN

The oil rich fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, herring and sardines) are all rich in vitamins A, D and omega-3 fats. These special fats cannot be made in the body so it is important that we get them from the food we eat. Omega-3 fats are particularly important for children as they play an essential role in the early development of the brain and nerves. Almost 60% of the brain is made up of fat and half of this is omega 3 fats. While in the womb the baby gets omega-3 fats from the foods the mother eats, but after birth they need to get them from breast or fortified formula milk. As they move away from breast or formula milk, children need to start getting more omega-3 fats from their food to allow the brain to continue to develop and grow. Getting children into a good habit of eating fish will help not only to encourage healthy growth and development but also to help protect against some of the diseases of adult life.

Hope you love the recipe and as always i’d love to hear what you think.

Aileen x

Here Fishy Fishy - Lime, Coriander & Ginger Salmon Pops

Prep time

10 minutes

Cook time

30 minutes

Servings

2 adults and 2 kids

BLW Friendly Quick

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Ingredients

Marinade
3 cloves garlic
10g ginger root peeled
80ml olive oil
Juice and zest 1 lime
Bunch fresh coriander (about a handful)
1 teaspoon dijon mustard

Skewers
400g organic fresh salmon
2 red bell peppers
3 red onions
2 medium sized sweet potatoes cooked and peeled
Ice pop sticks

To Serve
Lime
Fresh coriander

Method

  1. Pre-heat oven to 170ºC.
  2. Add all the ingredients for the marinade to a blender and blend until it is smooth and silky.
  3. Chop the salmon into baby bite sized chunks, make sure you check for bones! Put the salmon into a bowl then cut the vegetables into large chunks and add to the bowl as well.
  4. Pour the marinade over the vegetables and using your hands rub it all in until they are totally coated.
  5. Using the lollipop sticks add a piece of salmon, a piece of pepper and onion then repeat until the stick is full with just the handle free for little ones to hold.
  6. When you are finished place the skewers onto a tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 30 minutes until everything is lovely and soft. (make sure you can squish a pepper between your thumb and index finger before serving)
  7. Serve with some lime wedges and sprinkle with fresh coriander.
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Writen by Aileen Cox Blundell - number one bestselling author, award winning blogger and Mum of 3 kiddies who all eat their veggies.

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