For most parents, it can be a challenge to come up with successful new and nutritious meals for children.
Few haven’t faced the situation where they’ve spent time carefully creating a dish, only for it to be pushed away when it’s placed on the table.
And while pizza, chips and macaroni cheese usually pass the taste test, presenting different colours and flavours does not always go to plan.
We know omega 3 fatty acids found in fish are important for our children’s development, so, to help you find ways to serve seafood, we’ve rounded up a few tried and tested favourites.
Prawns with satay dip
Combining fish with an everyday favourite is a great way to encourage kids to try something new. That’s why we like to serve our Prime King Prawns with a satay dip that includes the peanut butter flavour children love. Just combine a teaspoon of groundnut oil with a tablespoon of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a tablespoon of honey and little water – and you’re there. For older or more adventurous kids, you can add a little sweet chilli sauce in too.
Just as spaghetti is often a favourite, noodles are usually higher up on the list of acceptable foods for kids. Allowing them to choose which vegetables they’d like to be added in gives them a little control over what’s being served up, with peppers, peas and sweetcorn often among the most agreeable. Stir fries are also a great opportunity to introduce fish, with prawns being an ideal starting point. From there you could branch out into meatier white fish, such as cod and haddock, or even salmon.
With their burger shape and smooth filling, fishcakes are another great way to introduce fish into your child’s diet. Blending salmon and creamy, seasoned mashed potato along with the bulbs of spring onion to make a mixture free from chunks or greenery is an ideal starting point for younger kids.
With store-bought products still a popular choice across the UK, it can be both fun and rewarding to try your own – and control the amount of salt and fats used in the process.
Using shape cutters is a good way to involve kids in cooking – and they can choose their preferred outline.
And the fish fingers themselves are really easy to make. All you’ll need alongside the Prime cod or haddock is flour to coat the fish, an egg mixed with a little milk, and some breadcrumbs to dip the fingers into before baking in the oven.
Don’t miss our brilliant Prime cod burgers recipe for a quick and easy way to serve fish in a form your kids already know and love. The burger mix is ready in minutes, and from there all you have to do is fry and serve in a bun or wrap with their favourite accompaniments. Simple.