Our dinner last night! So simple and delicious! 😋
We love steamed fish in this household. I usually cook fish at least twice a week and most of the time salmon. Salmon has a much stronger taste than white fish, therefore, it can be tricky as a first fish to introduce to weaning babies. However, I did start giving my boys salmon before white fish and most of the time it was hidden in sweet vegetables such as sweet potato, butternut squash or pumpkin puree. Salmon is an oily fish and it has higher omega-3 fatty acids (plays an important part in the baby & toddler brain development) than other not so oily fishes.
Babies need a lot of the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish for brain, nerve and eye development. When they switch from breast milk or formula to solid food, most of them don’t get nearly enough. Children’s food preferences are largely developed by the time they are around 5 year old, so I urge parents to help their kids develop a taste for seafood as early as possible.
Salmon is an excellent source of vitamin B12, vitamin D, and selenium. It is a good source of niacin, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, phosphorus, and vitamin B6. It is also a good source of choline, pantothenic acid, biotin, and potassium
Health benefits related to Omega-3 content:
- decreased risk of numerous cardiovascular problems
- brain food -improved mood and cognition in human brain
- joint protection
- eye benefits
- decreased cancer risk
Served 2 toddlers and 1 adult
- 300gr boneless salmon fillet (cubed or sliced)
- 1 small stalk of lemongrass (thinly sliced)
- 3 spring onion / scallion (chopped)
- 1 XL carrot (grated)
- 1/2 small kohlrabi (optional) (grated)
- 1 tbsp cold pressed/virgin coconut oil
- 3 cups cooked rice
- pink salt to taste – avoid salt for babies under 12m old
- Heat up a non stick frying pan, add coconut oil, carrots, kohlrabi, spring onion and a pinch of salt and sauté until carrots are soft. Add in the rice and turn off the heat. Give it a good mix and pour the mixture over a bowl for steaming.
- Meanwhile, mix the salmon with lemongrass and a pinch of salt.
- Spread the salmon over the rice and steam for 15-25 minutes or until the salmon is just done and melts in your mouth. Don’t over steam as this will cause the salmon to be too dry and your kids may not like it then.
- Remove lemongrass before serving.