Me: Saurus. Dinnertime. Thoughts?
Saurus: Yogurt pretzels
Me: Nope. Try again.
Saurus: Hummingbird eggs (meaning chocolate easter eggs, not to be confused with cadbury eggs, which are “dinosaur eggs”)
Saurus: Orange juice.
Me: Solid choice. Now we just need an actual dinner. Options are salmon, salmon, spaghetti, or salmon.
Saurus: Grilled cheese.
Me: Well played. Salmon it is.
Saurus: Yay! With rice!
I’m fairly certain that 2/3 of being a mother to a toddler is negotiating meals. Which is roughly the same thing as negotiating with tiny terrorists. Which is very much not a policy in our house but I’m also not a vicious dictator who insists on spinach for every meal. Finding foods that are toddler-approved and also resemble something that’s not pb&j (which must be cut into either train shapes or dinosaurs and have the crusts served as the side dish, heaven forbid you unwittingly pick the wrong shape of the day), grilled cheese (which must be made with “square cheese” – the processed american kind, heaven forbid I try to make it delicious and put cheddar on it or something), or pizza (which must be thin crust pepperoni from Domino’s, with the pepperonis picked off. heaven forbid I order an actual cheese pizza). Enter: salmon. The meal in which Saurus carefully picks at his portion, eats all of his rice, decides everyone else’s filets look much better and proceeds to eat all of the fish from Mama’s and half of Dad’s plates, leaving Mama with a toddler-picked over filet on a plastic dinosaur plate which is exactly. like. all. the. other. filets.
And this recipe is, like, the easiest thing ever. Which means it takes less than 30 minutes from start to finish and the dishes are beyond minimal. So pretty much everyone wins. We eat this like 3 times a week and no one has gotten sick of it yet so we’ll see how much longer we can keep that up.
- 4 salmon filets (I usually do ours at about 6 oz)
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 2 tsp Italian seasoning
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (or just use the squeeze kind! It's a glorious invention)
- 1 lemon
- Preheat oven to 425
- Grease an appropriately-sized baking dish and place salmon in it, skin-side down (if yours has skin still on)
- In a small bowl, melt butter (microwave for about 20 seconds) and stir in Italian seasoning
- Pour herbed butter over the salmon, and sprinkle the garlic over the top.
- Slice 1/2 of the lemon into thin slices and lay on top of the whole thing.
- Squeeze the juice from the other half of the lemon all over.
- Bake at 425 for 10-15 minutes or until it easily flakes with a fork.
- Serve and then be prepared to switch plates with your toddler.