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The Big Secret to Having Your Kids Eat Protein & 2 Salmon Recipes They will Love!

| May 17, 2013 | 4 Comments

I think I will kick this blog off with a bang and share my number one trick for getting my kids to eat any type of protein.  My son, who is 11, has always hated chicken breast.  No matter how I prepare it he complains like crazy.  It’s too dry!  It’s too tough! It’s too bland! It’s too spicy!  The kid does not like chicken breast.  Weirdly, he will eat chicken thighs or drumsticks, no problem, but that is a whole other blog post.

A few years ago, I was sick of all the complaining and was just trying to make the chicken breast a little more fun, so I stuck it between two pieces of bread and called it a burger.  He ate it, no questions asked, in fact was thrilled with the fact that we were having chicken burgers for supper.  I even grilled him on the difference between this chicken and the chicken without the bread…I got no good answers.  “It is just better with bread Mom”, he said around a ginormous mouthful of food.  I was not silly enough to keep up the line of questioning.  Since then, I have gotten fancier.  I now use real hamburger buns, and add great toppings like avocado, sliced pickles, cheese or salsa.  This trick works with everything.  They happily eat elk burgers, turkey burgers, salmon burgers, trout burgers…I can put anything on a bun and they love it.  My latest go-to in the house is the salmon burger.  I buy a piece of salmon from Costco and make it for supper on Sunday night (recipe below), and on Tuesday we have left-over salmon burgers for dinner.


Baked Salmon


  • 1 piece of salmon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Montreal steak spice
  • ½ Lemon
  • Olive oil


  1. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Wash the salmon, pat it dry and put it on the baking sheet.
  3. Mist with the olive oil.
  4. Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard over the salmon.
  5. Shake a light layer of Montreal steak spice over the salmon.
  6. Squeeze the juice from half a lemon on top.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  8. Serve with a big salad and garlic bread. The kids will eat anything for more garlic bread.

Salmon Burgers

Salmon Burgers


  • Hamburger buns (white or whole wheat)
  • Leftover baked salmon
  • Avocado
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato


  1. Take a piece of the leftover salmon and put it on the bun.
  2. Take half an avocado and slice it on top.
  3. Add lettuce and tomato.
  4. Serve it cold.
  5. I add salad and sometimes even French fries.


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I am an active mother of two fabulous kids that make me smile every day. I love to cook old favourites and try out new recipes and never let my kids’ nut and egg allergy get in the way! I am forever dragging my husband all over town to try out the latest and greatest new spots to eat but for the most part I think he’s a willing participant. I would call myself a Foodie but then you would think I was pretentious, so I won't go there. I am an avid reader, pretty much anything I can get my hands on, anytime I can squeeze it in. (Yes that was me you saw reading while I was running on the treadmill at the gym). I love to write and share all my great finds whenever I can! Let’s eat! Author's website.

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  1. Lola says:

    The secret of the bun! I love it! And salmon!

  2. kathy downey says:

    I would love to try this myself,sounds delicious

  3. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I think that is too funny, anything on a bun will be eaten but not otherwise. Good job you came up with that idea so now even chicken breasts can be eaten. 🙂

  4. Debbie White Beattie says:

    I actually not that big on salmon unless it’s salmon salad and I definitely don’t like avocado but I’d give the rest a try.

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