Thursday, August 1, 2013

Fish for picky eaters? Easy!

If you have a picky eater living in your household, you probably know by know that fish is not one of their favorite things on the menu. There are however ways to make it very appealing. Try these fun and easy fishsticks or fishcakes. But another way I cook fish that Allie is always excited about is Fish Tacos, because who doesn't love fish tacos? 

I should also say that the primary reason why  I decided to post about fish tacos today is the conversation I had earlier in the day with someone about a fancy food truck here in Portland, ME that apparently serves amazing fish tacos. Ever since that conversation I've been thinking about them, and generally about all kinds of tacos and how they are just the most perfect meal for kids to have, because you can really load them with ANYTHING you want: meat, veggies, cheeses. The whole point and fun of it is that you just serve a bunch of [healthy] food in little bowls and let your child construct the dish all on her own, so it's like she is cooking! And the food always tastes better to kids if they cooked it, I know it from my own early childhood days. Whenever I make any kind of taco (which is kind of an ambitious way to put it, because I usually only make fish tacos... but anyway...) we always, always, always end up with empty plates and Allie contributes a significant percentage of efforts  into emptying them.

Tilapia Fish Tacos

serves 4

3 pieces of tilapia filet (or most any other fish. I like tilapia, because it tastes neutral and it often goes on sale)
2 limes
2 avocados, sliced
2 tomatoes, sliced
1 C of prepared coleslaw or I often serve just cut up leaves of any lettuce instead, seasoned with some lime or lemon juice
1/2 C sour cream
12 soft corn tortillas

Start by cooking the fish. Bring about a cup of water to a boil in a pan large enough to fit in all of the fish in one layer. Once the water starts to boil, turn it down, salt it to taste and place one cut-in-half lime in the water. Add the fish, cover the pan and let it cook for about 7-10 minutes. In the meantime cut up the rest of your servings: tomatoes, avocados and lettuce, if using. Season the veggies with some salt and squeeze some lime juice over the avocado to prevent it from browning. Place the tortillas on a pate, cover with a damp paper towel and heat in a microwave.When the fish is ready, you can flake it with a fork into smaller pieces and serve dinner in the help-yourselves fashion with a bunch of bowls set on the table and letting everyone make their own taco.

Grab a tortilla, spread a spoonful of sour cream on the bottom, top with fish, coleslaw/or lettuce, tomatoes and avocado and here it is

Allies loves to make everyone's tacos

Hope you'll enjoy making this super easy dinner and I am pretty sure your little one will enjoy eating it.