Lillian is picky about proteins. I’ve noticed that toddlers seem to fall into two general eating categories: the carnivores are willing to devour every hamburger, steak and chicken breast they encounter meanwhile, the nuggetvores will only eat meat proteins that are offered in breaded form—think chicken nuggets, fish nuggets, more chicken nuggets, perhaps some ground meat thoroughly doused in spaghetti sauce. Providing appropriate and acceptable proteins has become a challenge. I’ve been leaning hard on edamame and greek yogurt during the day but dinnertime often leaves me stumped.
This recipe for Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce has become a welcome — and unlikely– family favorite. I say unlikely because its grilled salmon. While we’ve had some good luck selling Lilly on panko breaded baked cod (it’s close enough to a nugget to pass), salmon seemed like a trickier sell. What’s more, JT usually finds salmon too fishy for his taste. But as a fish with incredible health benefits (omega 3s galore), I just wasn’t willing to give up.
Enter the garlic-lime-butter sauce. I’m still not sure what makes this combination so magical, but man does it work. Just a few light coats of this stuff and plain ole sauteed or grilled salmon is transformed. Any hint of fishiness that your picky eaters might otherwise scoff about will be obliterated. All that is left is a tangy, buttery, mellow-yet-flavorful main course. Did I mention it cooks in about 10 minutes?
I typically serve the salmon on a bed of whole grain couscous tossed with chopped green onions, some fresh veggies (finely chopped red bell peppers or zucchini, perhaps) and a squirt of lime juice. Nutritious, easy and perfect. Last night, Lillian enjoyed this so much she completely abandoned her fork and started gobbling the salmon by the chunk (still a nuggetvore at heart I guess).