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).
“The oil rich fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, herring and sardines) are all rich in vitamins A and D. Vitamin A is needed for healthy skin and eyes and vitamin D is important in helping the body to absorb the calcium needed for growing bones. Normally we make vitamin D when we expose our skin to sunlight but if children are not outside very often or if they use sun-block in the sun, they may not be making all the vitamin D they need. Oil-rich fish is one of the few foods that contain vitamin D so it is good to encourage children to eat oil-rich fish at least once a week. All fish contain B vitamins, the vitamin that helps the body to release the energy from food. Fish contain lots of vitamin B12 which is vital in growing new blood cells.
One of the most important nutrients found in oil-rich fish is 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. There is a great deal of research into the potential role of omega-3 fats in protecting memory and in preventing and treating conditions like dyslexia and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). Diseases like heart disease are becoming more common and omega-3 fats help to protect against heart disease. 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.”
Bord Bia – Fish for Children
Hope you love the recipe and as always i’d love to hear what you think.