For the last couple of weeks I have been running out of creativity for my son’s meals. I know that it might not sound like a big deal to some people, but I take a lot of pride into the diversity that I am able to put on his plate. As a result, not being ablr to come up with nee ideas was starting to cause some anxiety on my part… as for Baby K, he would be very happy eating pears and sweet potati every day.
At any rate, I have been thinking about starting him on meat for a few days, and I finally took the plunge. Although choosing the meat (fish or chicken, that is the question!) took quite a bit of reflection, then came the biggest decision: how do I cook it?
You see, I love fish and I am determined to make sure my son loves it, too. BUT, I don’t eat fishy fish. Yes, you read that right. I am extremely picky about ny food in general, but I make absolutely no compromise when it comes to fish. If it smells, I refuse to even look at it. Freshness plays a big role in that, but also the way it is prepared. So when I decided to make fish for my son, I had to come up with the best way to cook it so it wouldn’t taste too fishy and retain its nutrients… challenge accepted!
That’s how I came up with the idea of poaching it. It sounds fancy, it tastes fancy but it is the easiest thing to do… and my son loves it 🙂
Poached salmon recipe:
Take a piece of salmon and put it in a sauce pan. Cover the fish with vegetable broth and turn the stove on low (2-3). The idea is to slowly cook the fish, not boil it. Poaching allows the fish to cook but keep most of its nutrients because the internal temperature does not rise too high (not boiling hot!). You can check on the fish with a fork, remove from the heat as soon as it’s done. You don’t want to overcook it, or it will be dry.
For baby: put the fish in a blender with one good scoop of the cooking juice and puree until you get the consistency you like. You can also just mash it with a fork.
I used on of these to infuse the broth. I put a pinch of rosemary in it for a little extra flavor. This recipe also works for Mommy & Daddy 🙂