5 delicious recipes for children to eat fish!
There are those who throw in the towel at the first defeat and those who instead embark on a long fight to the last bite: let's face it, making the little ones eat fish is often an epochal feat! It may be because of the thorns, its strong, iodized flavor, or its smell, but children often don't like what comes from the sea. Yet, fish is a really important food for their growth, a backbone of the nutrition of adults and children, because it is rich in vitamins, minerals and omega 3. It is therefore necessary to do some effort to find a tasty and fun way to propose it to the little ones, camouflaging its appearance and taste a little, to make it more inviting to their eyes ... and palates.
Here are 5 recipes that will allow you to make even the most difficult-to-convince children eat fish.
1. Cod meatballs
Everyone knows, kids love meatballs. Small and round, they play one after another ... and when they are just fried and hot, they become truly irresistible. If you prefer to avoid fried, you can bake them in the oven, with a drizzle of olive oil to create a golden crust.In this recipe we used cod, a fish with a delicate, nutritious and light flavor, perfect for feeding children. In addition to fish, you can indulge yourself in adding aromatic herbs or spices, taking care to respect a delicate taste, to make sure that the little ones like it. You will see, they will be greedy. The real difficulty will be not eating them all as you prepare them, before bringing them to the table ...
Ingrediants (for 4 people):
-800 g of cod fillets
- 1 egg - 1 piece of stale bread
- onions, dill, gherkins in oil
Cut a few onions and a few gherkins into thin slices. Mix the fish fillets with the onions, the egg and the stale bread. Add the dill and the gherkins cut into slices to the mixture. With this pasta, we make meatballs that we can prepare in a pan or in the oven. Perfect with a potato "salad".
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2. Hake burger
Burgers and Chips: What kid could ever resist this USA made dish? Nobody. The idea of putting fish in it, therefore, is nothing short of brilliant. Because the little ones will devour them with great pleasure.
We suggest that you prepare your burgers using hake, a lean and light fish, a close relative of cod. However, you can also choose other types of fish, being careful to carefully remove all the bones and bones. To create the rounded shape of the hamburger, you can use a pastry cutter or, if you don't have one, a glass with a large circumference.
Ingrediants (for 4 people):
- 600 g of hake fillet
- 40 g of aged pecorino - 60 g of flour
- 10 g of mix of spices for fish - extra virgin olive oil
- 1 lemon
First, remove all bones and waste from the hake fillets. Finely chop them with a knife holding them on a cutting board. Pour the mince into a bowl, mix it with the spice mixture. Grate the cheese, add it to the pulp and mix well. Divide the mixture into 4 equal parts. Mash each part with your hands to form 4 flattened meatballs. Dip the burgers in flour. Meanwhile, heat a little oil in a pan. When the oil is hot, cook the burgers for about 2 minutes per side. Pour 2 tablespoons of hot water into the pan, lower the heat, put the lid on and cook for 10 minutes. Then, pour the lemon juice into the pan, let it thicken for 2 minutes without a lid and over medium heat. Finally, put the burgers in a bun, adding some seasoning to taste (salad, onion slices, raw vegetables ...).
3. Salmon swirls
Simple, colorful and quick to prepare, these salmon-filled swivels are perfect for a birthday buffet, or for a greedy snack to be prepared at the last minute. In fact, it is enough to have a roll of puff pastry, some smoked salmon, and then have fun with other ingredients, such as spreadable cheese or olive cream. If your kids don't like the intense flavor of smoked salmon, you can also prepare them with a cream of tuna. These fun swivels will appeal to your children and will make one pull the other.
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4. Soft lasagna with prawns
This great classic of Italian Sundays at the table accepts to be prepared in a marine version in order to make your children eat some fish.
White and green lasagna, an excellent ricotta cream instead of tomato, and shrimp, fresh and delicious: these are the main ingredients of these lasagna that will surely conquer even the little ones.
5. Breaded swordfish medallions
Let's go back to the great passion of children (and not only): frying. Breaded and fried, for them the fish becomes "edible". If then accompanied by chips, ketchup and mayonnaise (without exaggerating, of course), it turns into an irresistible dish.
Rich in vitamins and omega 3, lean and nutritious, swordfish lends itself very well to this preparation thanks to its very firm and dry meat.
Ingrediants (for 4 people):
- 2 slices of swordfish
- 2 eggs - 1 potato
- 50 g of breadcrumbs
- a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
To start, cook the slices of swordfish, skinned, in lightly salted boiling water. Drain and set aside. Cook the potato in a saucepan and drain it as soon as it is well cooked. Transfer the potato to a bowl and mash it with a fork. Add the fish and the potato and blend them with an immersion blender. Incorporate the eggs, a tablespoon of breadcrumbs and season the mixture with salt and pepper. Take small portions of the mixture with your hands and shape into balls. Squeeze each ball with the palm of your hand, obtaining medallions. Dip the swordfish medallions in breadcrumbs, then place them in a baking tray covered with parchment paper, season with a drizzle of oil and bake at 180 ° C (thermostat 6) for 20 minutes. Take them out of the oven when they are golden brown. Serve the fish medallions hot or lukewarm swordfish, accompanied by a light salad.