Here’s to another #SeafoodSunday!
These first few weeks of spring have shown how resilient and creative our communities are! One thing we’ve noticed is a huge resurgence of home cooking. This includes everything from family dinners to “virtual dinner parties,” but also getting the kiddos involved in cooking. We know that seafood is a favorite in every stay-at-home scenario and today hope you will invite your young seafoodies into the kitchen to create some healthy and amazing seafood.
When you invite kids to help prepare seafood, get ready for some fun for everyone! Studies show that getting kids involved in cooking means they feel more invested in the meal, which means they may be more interested in trying new seafood dishes. Plus, preparing simple, healthy seafood meals with your kiddos can pave the way for some fun memories, while imparting a few basic kitchen skills to the young ones. Here are tips for getting started – plus some great recipes ideas.
Tips for Creating Little Seafoodies
Get them interested – Sit down with your little seafoodies each week and ask them to help you pick out some seafood recipes that look good to them. You can even pull up some favorite recipes online or have them peruse favorite cookbooks, since we all eat with our eyes first!
Start with simple recipes featuring seafood they enjoy – After a few recipes, you can build and expand their taste buds from there to try different species.
Get Creative – Many kids love to dip their food into sauces and liberally apply toppings. So steer them towards recipes that inspire that creativity, like fish tacos or a breakfast pizza – things that will give them opportunities to make some choices. Also don’t stress if your fridge/pantry doesn’t have every ingredient for a recipe. No lemon juice? Use OJ or lime juice for a slightly sweeter citrusy marinade.
To help you get this teamwork going, we’ve rounded up five of our favorite kid-friendly seafood dishes that you and the children can make together. From cozy and comforting plates of cheesy seafood combos to refreshing springtime selections, we’ve got a little something for everyone. And get your cell phone out because this will be Instagram-worthy!
Pro tip: For more advice on expanding your picky eaters’ palates for seafood, check out this post!
Smoked Salmon Breakfast Tacos
Easy-to-make tacos…for breakfast? Yes, please! Hungry kiddos will do a happy dance over this smoked salmon, onion and cream cheese combo.
Crispy Baked Cod Sticks
The quintessential kid-friendly seafood dish that never ever gets old.
Crab Grilled Cheese Croutons and Tomato Bisque
Crab takes this grilled cheese comfort food classic up a notch!
Clam Chowder Potato Skins
These savory potato skins are a super seafood-packed snack!
Shrimp and Pesto Naan Pizza
Up the ante on pizza night with our shrimp-and-pesto pie!
Get this seafood for kids recipe here.