If at first you don’t succeed…
Serving fish consistently every week allows your child the opportunity to establish familiarity with its taste, texture and smell. The more familiar your child is with a food the more likely they are to eat it or try it prepared in a different way. It can take children up to 15 attempts to accept a new food, so patience is a virtue!
Saving time doesn’t have to mean compromising on goodness. When you need a quick midweek meal up your sleeve, pre-prepared fish that you can pop in the microwave is a saviour. Check out my 5 Veggie Rainbow Rice using pre-prepared cod steaks in a butter sauce. Add a rainbow of veggies, and voila! A family pleaser in under 15 minutes.
Make it mild
When first introducing fish, try a milder type. Cod, salmon and plaice are great choices. I love to serve a healthy twist on traditional fish and chips with cod in a Rice Krispie coating with baked sweet potato wedges. Fishcakes are also really child friendly, so keep a stash in the freezer for midweek meals.
Add the fun-factor
Kids love to play with their food, and that’s ok if it means they are more likely to try new foods. Using fish as your meal centre, look at what you can serve it with to feed little imaginations. Pop colourful veggies into separate bowls and challenge them to make their own work of art. Deep Sea Flipper Dinner is a great idea for some underwater dinner fun!
Sometimes adding a slight sweetness to fish can make it even more appealing to children.
Flavour exploration is so important in a child’s food journey, so adding something like grated apple to a recipe, or a sweet dipping sauce is a good way to entice them to discover new tastes. This is one of my favourite recipes trending right now – Popcorn Scampi with Fruity Curry Dipping Sauce.
DIY with fish