This post was sponsored by Alaska Seafood as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
First, remember when I went to Alaska in 2016? That had been my life dream! It was our honeymoon, because we had never really taken one when we got married in 2008. In fact, our 10 year anniversary is coming up in a month and we’re talking about doing something a little wild for us. Maybe a tropical island? All I know is that food really does fuel my travel plans. Alaska had some incredible food. I can close my eyes at night and still almost taste a dinner I had on a mountaintop after a glacier dog sled ride. Or there was our brunch on our very first day in Anchorage, or a little bed and breakfast crepe place in Seward. The food was magic. It was fresh and real and earthy and memorable. Everything about Alaska is/was memorable.
Another story is a fond memory I have of my mom. She has oodles of patience that I feel like I don’t have and she had FIVE of us kids to manage! I remember once that I wouldn’t/couldn’t drink my milk with dinner, and she never was one to force eating or drinking, but she really wanted me to have my milk. So she fed it to me by spoonful and each spoonful came with a mini story. Before we knew it, the cup of milk was empty. There was something about those stories. I like to tell stories – especially Alaska stories – while cooking Alaska whitefish! As a kid, whitefish was my favorite type of seafood. I cook pollock for my kids now, because I remember having it as a kid! Now we make it in new ways because my kids pitch in with recipes!
I’m from one of five kids, and having five kids turn into adventurous eaters is no small feat. I think they/we did ok, though. As an adult, I’m a happy omnivore – and I make sure to eat a lot of good proteins and vegetables. Getting my kids into the same things has been a slow and steady process. There are a few reasons I want them to eat more wild-caught Alaska whitefish varieties, such as halibut, sablefish (black cod), sole, Alaska pollock and cod. For one, it’s a delicious way to get the whole family to eat more seafood. For another, Alaska’s cold pristine waters produce the purest, high-quality seafood.
Also, Alaska’s wild fisheries contribute nearly 60% of all seafood harvested in the United States. That’s insane! That’s why when you “Ask for Alaska” (and I do it quite loudly, but politely, because I want other people to hear to do that), you ensure you’re enjoying the best, most sustainable seafood in the world. I love that Alaska whitefish varieties are sold fresh and frozen all year long and then you get a wide range of seafood possibilities and healthful options. You can visit www.wildalaskaseafood.com to see hundreds of Alaska seafood recipes, cooking techniques and tips, and info about why it’s important to #AskForAlaska at the seafood counter, and at restaurants. That’s why we make this kid-friendly recipe:
This is a simple recipe. All you really need is the pollock, the greens, and the sauce to tie it all together. Then you can add whatever you want!
- 4 corn or flour tortillas
- Alaska pollock - either fresh or frozen
- Green leaf lettuce
- Shredded cheese
- Shredded carrots
- Broccoli slaw
- Mild Taco Sauce
- 1. Cook the Alaska pollock according to instructions - we baked it for 18 minutes at 450.
- 2. Then, cut the fish into fun chunks and assemble tacos from the tortillas
- 3. First, add lettuce and other vegetables
- 4. Then add the Alaska pollock
- 5. Then sprinkle the sauce and/or cheese on top
- 6. Enjoy!
1 – Set a good example. That’s right. You can’t expect your kids to have adventurous palates if you only eat one kind of food! I LOVE to cook all the good stuff and then exclaim over it. 9 times out of 10, they’ll ask to try it.
2 – Make it pretty. This is perhaps my favorite tip. Cassidy is an artist and I have slightly artistic tendencies, especially when it comes to food. I love to make shapes and add colors, and just all around make it look delightful.
3 – Keep it consistent. If your kids eat all their vegetables in one meal, awesome. Don’t let it be a one-time thing, though! Keep encouraging them to eat a variety of colors and foods in their daily lives. Keep serving those good meals!
4 – When they help you cook it, they’re more likely to eat it! It’s so true. If my kids pick out the vegetables or proteins themselves, and then help chop or prepare it, they always want to eat their own creations. It’s fun that way.
5 – Don’t be a short order cook. I don’t like when they ask for two different dinners, because by now, they should trust that even though I like them to be more adventurous, I’ll do so at a reasonable pace, and using other ingredients I know they already love or will love. If I make it with love, I expect them to at least try what I’ve made.