We have been having lots of play dates lately. The long winter in southern Ontario this year has forced all the kids indoors and has all us parents dying for some social time. Our food choices and my restrictions make it so much easier to invite people to our house than go to theirs. Also, and this sounds terrible, but I haven't found the right way around being a guest and being able to stick to our food ideals. I am always so concerned about hurting feelings that I either eat something I shouldn't OR let the kids eat something I would rather they didn't....or worst case, the food is so bad that my clumsy handling inadvertently hurts their feelings. The thing is, I don't suffer fools so I think a lot of my friends and assume they just don't know...or understand why we eat the way we do. The difficult part is explaining the why without it coming across as judgment of what they do.....this is the part I am terrible at and heavily involves their ego so everyone is different.....I chalk up my bad handling to being so passionate.....that or I am just an asshole.
Before a recent lunch date one 5 year old play date told me they only eat hot dogs, pizza and McDonalds. I thought that a conversation with their parents would uncover their ploy to eat junk and give me some ideas of what I really could serve for lunch that day only to be informed by their parents that that really is all they will eat........
We are in charge of our children's diet. I know I was blessed with good eaters with healthy appetites and that there are children that even the best intentioned parents struggle to feed. But the short term solution of letting them eat total garbage is not doing anyone any favours. The compromise made to 'get something in them', is a huge compromise of current convenience for their long term health. These are the years that their taste buds and eating habits are forming. Not to mention, what is it teaching them to completely cave to their eating whims?
There are some standard "I don't like it"s and often fish and seafood is one of them. I promise you now - this is a great dish to get your kids eating fish.
Maple Ginger Glazed Salmon
6 fresh salmon fillets
3/4 cup maple syrup
¼ cup soy sauce/tamari
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
2 cloves of garlic minced
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
Preheat oven at 375°
In a large bowl mix together the maple syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic and ginger. Slip rinsed and patted dry salmon fillets into the marinade. Let marinate for a couple of hours in the fridge. Don’t leave for too long or the salmon will start to ‘candy’. Although still very eatable and delicious some of the texture of the fish is lost.
Lay salmon out in a baking dish and pour marinade into a small oven proof dish to be baked separately. Bake salmon till firm - it will flake when pressed with the back of a fork, appox 25 mins depending on the thickness of the fillets. Let the glaze/sauce cook until it has cooked down a little, any bits of ginger and garlic are tender and it has thickened slightly. Serve with the sauce drizzled on top(it is particularly good on mash potatoes)
Best served with a bitter green….steamed broccoli or sautéed spinach because the sweet sauce flavours the greens so much any kid will eat them
TIP: If you do over marinate, BBQ the fish instead of baking. The ‘candying’ keeps the fish moist. Cook the sauce separately on the BBQ