Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon – Gluten free, Paleo-friendly, and a great way to introduce salmon to your little ones.
I’m trying to help Milo and Sophie broaden their palates. First off, keeping it real: sometimes my kids don’t eat what the adults eat for dinner. There, I said it. I feel sad and guilty about it, but sometimes at the end of a looooooong day of therapy and tantrums and laundry and errands I just can’t bear the thought of trying to convince one or two tiny someones to try eggs or soup or whatever it is we’re having for dinner. Again.
I’ve been sticking to my guns for the last several weeks and following the advice in French Kids Eat Everything and Getting to Yum. Present lots of new options surrounded by other favorites and familiar flavors. Don’t force anyone to eat something they don’t want to, but encourage them to try a bite. Try, try, try again. It’s going to take a long time. So even if I know that neither Milo nor Sophie will touch the Beef Carnitas we’ve made for dinner, for instance, I still serve them anyway. Instead of dinner being a complete flop, I’ve been trying to fill out the menu with several sides (fruit, veggie, carb, whatever) that I am pretty confident they will eat–baby tomatoes, olives, tortilla chips, beans, apple & banana slices, etc.
It’s been working fairly well. Most of the time, at least one of them will at least touch or smell or lick the new food. And so it was with this pineapple teriyaki salmon.
Sophie helped me mix up the teriyaki sauce. She loves it. A lot. Salmon she’s not too crazy about, but the pineapple teriyaki sauce? She’s all in. If your little eaters are the same, you might consider serving little cups of extra sauce for them to dip little bites of salmon into. Or, stir the sauce into their rice and serve the salmon on the side.
We served these with coconut ginger rice, stir-fried veggies cooked in coconut oil, and lots of extra pineapple. Milo tried a few bites, then abandoned the salmon in favor of the rice and veggies and fruit. Michael and I cleaned our plates. It wasn’t the most stunningly beautiful dish I’ve ever made, but it was delicious enough to commandeer all my attention. I will warn you: watch out or this might happen.Print