A common question I am asked by people is how to eat healthy as a mom. Do you cook separate meals for yourself? How do you get your kids to eat what you’re eating?
In my house, you eat what the cook serves. And the cook is always me. Unless it’s taco salad night, which is the only thing my husband will make. My kids love it when it’s Dad’s turn to cook, which happens about 4 times a year, because they know they’re getting taco salad.
Anyways, yes my kids eat what I serve. If they are hungry, they will eat what is given to them. They will not starve themselves. Eventually, they will just eat it. And shouldn’t we be encouraging them to eat the healthy food we’re giving ourselves? We are, after all, eating good foods to be healthy. Not skinny. Right? Don’t we want them to be healthy, and to build healthy eating habits for later in life?
See, the problem with kids, is that they are often times skinny, even when they only eat junk food. This gives us the illusion that they are healthy. There are studies showing build up of junk in arteries as young as toddlerhood. So stop acting like we’re being nice parents by giving them what they want. We are in fact setting them up for all of the health issues the rest of us face in adulthood.
Ok, I digress. Rant over. So, you’re already in a spot where your kids have been spoiled by limited vegetables and fruits, and all things are fried and covered in gravy. You don’t want to put them into culture shock. I get it. Their whining can drive a person nuts. So you need some kid friendly recipes that are still good on the waistline.
I discovered that by cutting anything into little pieces, breading it, and calling it a nugget, kids will eat it. Thank you McDonalds! Our children have literally been programed by the fast-food industry to love all things “nuggets”. My husband actually calls my kids “nuggets” as his weird little term of endearment for them. I know, it’s messed up. But that’s the household I live in.
Now, my boys were always easy to trick into eating fish. They have loved fishing with Papa since they were tiny. And I’ve always told them that you can’t be a good fisherman if you don’t eat fish. They ate!
Want them to eat cabbage? Tell them it will make them fart. That backfires when they pick up cabbage in the grocery store in front of a sweet old lady and say “Mom can we have cabbage tonight? I really want to fart a lot” True story. Sometimes these things backfire.
You literally take whatever white fish you like. I used cod. Side note: Tilapia is band from my home. It’s all farm raised junk fish. Tilapia is the only fish that has been farmed so much that it actually contains the wrong balance of omega 6 and omega 3 and is actually bad for your heart, instead of being great for your heart like other fish. So just stay away from it!
Rinse the fish and pat dry with paper towel. This way all the yummy stuff you’re going to roll it in will actually stick.
Here’s my little fish rolling station. Cut the fish into “nugget” sized pieces. Sprinkle with a little lemon juice. Crack a couple of eggs in a small dish. Then combine the panko bread crumbs and seasoning. Tonight I used ranch. But not the store bought which is full of crap. It’s super easy to make at home. I used this recipe from Gimme Some Oven. I just skipped the buttermilk.
Next, run the fish through the egg, then roll it in the bread crumb mixture. Now you bake and enjoy!
Note that some of mine are a different color. I had more fish than seasoning. So I added some hot sauce to the remaining egg mixture. Then rolled the fish in panko with paprika and chipotle chili powder. These were for me, as they were very very spicy. But yummy!
- 1.5 lbs fish
- Ranch packet or homemade http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/homemade-ranch-seasoning-mix/
- 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
- 1 Tbsp lemon juice
- Rinse and pat dry fish
- Cut fish into bite sized nuggets
- Sprinkle fish with lemon juice
- Combine ranch seasoning and breadcrumbs
- Dip fish in egg, then roll in breadcrumbs
- Bake at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, or until fish is flaky.