Omega 3 Heart Challenge – Feeding the Family Fish Recipes
A few weeks ago I was asked if I would try out some family-friendly fish recipes as part of the Omega 3 Heart Challenge by Nature’s Own. I didn’t need to think too hard about my answer. I LOVE fish – I usually eat fish 4-5 times a week. Not just because I thinks it delish, but also because I am very aware of the general health benefits of Omega 3, as well as the benefits for heart, brain and joint health.
The Heart Foundation recommends that Australian adults consume at least 500mg of omega-3 every day. You can do this by eating a combination of two to three 150 gram serves of oily fish every week such as salmon, tuna or trout. I was feeling very smug, feeling very confident that I was getting plenty of omega-3 in my diet. But then I realised that my children were probably NOT getting enough oily fish in THEIR diet. So I decided to put some of the Heart Foundation’s recipes to the test – and see what the kids thought of my creations!
You can click on the links to be taken through to the full recipes if anything takes your fancy!
The Verdict: This was delicious, and I feel bad that I have never really shared my love of smoked salmon with my children! Surprisingly Lucy and Katie could not get enough of it! They loved the texture, and the saltiness of the salmon combined with the creaminess of the eggs was a delicious combination. A fantastic breakfast to get those brain cells working before school or work!
The Verdict: This was my favourite dish. I did actually serve it warm to the children, but I thought it was yummier cold and would be perfect for a picnic or “take-a-plate” party. Only two of the kiddies liked this one. I would suggest not using frozen vegetables, and maybe chopping up fresh ones as it did affect the taste. But I loved that there were so many veges included!
The Verdict: I’m not sure if I cooked this right but it was a MASSIVE serving! There was plenty for the whole family for two serves each. Oven baked risottos are so much easier because you can just pop it in the oven and let it simmer, rather than standing at the stovetop and stirring. This recipe could easily have used canned salmon instead of fresh fillets. I would add a little more seasoning and parmesan cheese as the kids did enjoy it, but couldn’t finish the serving as it was just a little bland. It would be easy to adapt to your family’s tastes.
The Verdict: This is going to become a regular in the Smiles household – it was every bit as delicious as it sounds. A perfect alternative to steak and snags for the BBQ and when combined with a lovely crisp salad it is the BEST way to enjoy a warm summer night dinner! I actually cheated a little with this one and made my own version of a crunchy salad. The kids gobbled it up – a winner for sure! I didn’t thread ours onto a skewer (just didn’t have time) but I think it does make it a little easier to serve for kids when it is in pieces.
I hope these recipes have inspired you to try some new fishy recipes with the family. One of our all time favourites is our Tuna Mornay which gets devoured by everyone. If you still find that not everyone in your family will eat fish, there is a range of Nature’s Own fish oil supplements which will help to supply the recommended omega-3 dosage. A number of Nature’s Own fish oils have been endorsed by the Heart Foundation in recognition of their quality and benefits for heart health.
What is the one fishy recipe that is guaranteed to be a hit in your household?