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.
- 1 piece of salmon
- Dijon mustard
- Montreal steak spice
- ½ Lemon
- Olive oil
- Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Wash the salmon, pat it dry and put it on the baking sheet.
- Mist with the olive oil.
- Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard over the salmon.
- Shake a light layer of Montreal steak spice over the salmon.
- Squeeze the juice from half a lemon on top.
- Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes.
- Serve with a big salad and garlic bread. The kids will eat anything for more garlic bread.
- Hamburger buns (white or whole wheat)
- Leftover baked salmon
- Take a piece of the leftover salmon and put it on the bun.
- Take half an avocado and slice it on top.
- Add lettuce and tomato.
- Serve it cold.
- I add salad and sometimes even French fries.