Summer is a great time to get the freshest fish around. Whether it be some delicious Atlantic salmon, fresh cod, muscles, shrimp or scallops just brought ashore by the local fishermen…the smell of fish in the air is wonderful for some. The fishery is one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s greatest natural resources so why not take advantage of everything it offers.
Fish can be expensive at times, but when in season you can usually get it at a great price. Fish is a great source of protein, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, that you hear of so often, and other essential nutrients. Canada’s Food Guide recommends that we get at least two protein servings a week from some source of fish. Fish, unfortunately, is one of the foods that many children will not try or claim not to like. With summer time offering some of the freshest fish around and availability at our fingertips, it’s a great time to experience different fish dishes with your child. Take your child on a little fishing adventure. If your child helps catch the fish they are more likely to try it – I know I am! More often than not your child might be put off by the look of the fish rather than the taste. Instead of the traditional fried fish, try serving up fish in some different and appealing ways:
- Grill: most children love anything on the grill. Barbeque some fresh Atlantic salmon or another fish of your choice. If you decide on salmon, you could try plank salmon – add some rice and vegetables to the dish…So delicious!
- Bake or Broil: baking fish in the oven means you can add different ingredients and spices, making it more colourful and eye appealing…get your child to choose the additions!
- Boil: If your child is a picky eater, try serving the fish plain, without adding anything, it may be just what they’ll like – I’ve heard many times “nothing like the taste of a fresh fish boiled”…Try it!
The next time you cook fish, think ahead about what your child might like and serve it that way. The internet is a great resource for recipes, there are so many to choose from – my favorite is grilled salmon stuffed with rice and veggies…yum!
Janel Genge is a registered dietitian with Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador