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Omega 3/6/Fish Oils - we are not big on fish, but I'd like to try - any ideas?

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MagNacarta Fri 12-Jun-09 17:25:54

I have never given my dc's any oily fish blush and never eat them myself. The dc's do take a supliment, but I'd like to try to get all of us to eat them as a regular part of our diet.

I wouldn't know what to do with a sardine and to my shame would probably just leave it to go off in the fridge. So, can anyone help me with some ideas of things I can cook/prepare reasonably easily that will taste good? Please?

StirlingTheStrong Fri 12-Jun-09 17:35:41

The smoked mackerel in the chilled cabinet in Tesco/Sainsbury's etc is gorgeous and my dc love it. I flake it into pasta or just serve it with salad and new potatoes.

georgiemum Fri 12-Jun-09 17:37:29

I make fishcakes with tinned mackeral or sardines. Very easy and they do taste nice and can be frozen.

thumbwitch Fri 12-Jun-09 17:43:19

DS loves smoked mackerel but isn't allowed it too often cos smoked food contains some toxins that are potential carcinogens - all right in moderation though.

sardines are best in tins - with oil or tomato sauce - can be mashed into a paste and put on toast for a quick and simple lunch or tea.

DS also loves poached salmon - get a fillet, wrap it in lightly greased tinfoil with a dash of lemon juice and bake at Gas 5-6 for 25 mins.

StirlingTheStrong Fri 12-Jun-09 17:43:35

Then there is Salmon - Chop some new potatoes into quarter or half and put into roasting tray with a small amount of olive oil and roast for 20 mins.

Take tray out of oven and shake potatoes around. Throw in some cherry tomatoes and put salmon fillets on top and roast for another 20 mins.

Serve with couscous.

MagNacarta Fri 12-Jun-09 17:44:13

Ah, fishcakes - hadn't thought of that, doh. I made crabcakes last week and they loved them, so I guess I could try with mackeral/sardines.

Will also pickup smoked mackeral next time I'm shopping and give it a go.

Any more?

MIAonline Fri 12-Jun-09 18:11:45

Cauliflower and broccoli cheese and salmon.

Steam veg and salmon, place veg in dish and break up salmon into dish too. Make cheese saace, pour over veg and salmon, top with grated cheese and bake for about 20 minutes. not very fancy but DC love it.

Sazisi Fri 12-Jun-09 22:04:02

DD1 loves teriyaki salmon

Smoked mackerel pate is lovely, I know an easy version:
12 oz (350 g) smoked mackerel fillets
1 lemon
5 oz (150 g) low fat cream cheese
2-3 teaspoons prepared horseradish sauce
Freshly ground black pepper

You can also make a delicious nicoise salad using grilled mackerel or sardines instead of the usual tuna.
I'm hungry now..

TheyCallMeLofty Fri 12-Jun-09 22:13:12

The smoked mackerel pate recipe that Sazisi gave is fab - very easy and no cooking just basically mashing it up together and spreading it on warm toast - I love it and so does 18 month old dd.

A very very easy meal is salmon steamed with new potatoes and a 'steam fresh bag' of veg that takes 3 minutes in the mic - its my fall back meal for dd when I haven't got a lot of time or she cant have what we are eating (ie takeaway!)

DD also like salmon with a spread of pesto, wrapped in foil and cooked in the oven - very easy. Salmon is the easiest meal ever IMO

TheyCallMeLofty Fri 12-Jun-09 22:16:09

MIA that is a fab recipe - definatly going to try that with dd

TheyCallMeLofty Fri 12-Jun-09 22:17:52

I have a tin of sardines - do I just mash them up and spread them onto toast or do I add something?

kalo12 Fri 12-Jun-09 22:19:40

broccoli and anchovy pasta. mmmm

i give my ds flax seed oil which is the highest source of omega 3 fats

thumbwitch Fri 12-Jun-09 22:35:57

kalo - it might be a high source of omega 3 fatty acids but they are not the most useful - the body has to work on them to elongate them to the point where they can be used, and therefore they are not as energy efficient as getting the longer chain fatty acids direct from the fish. Plus it rather depends on your overall nutritional status as to whether or not you can make maximum use of shorter chain fatty acids, and your conversion pathways. For vegetarians/vegans there is really no other option, but for anyone who can eat oily fish it is considered to be a better source of fatty acids as required by the body.

Theycallmelofty - I just mash them up, or sometimes add a tiny drop of vinegar, or balsamic vinegar. They mash really easily.

kalo12 Sat 13-Jun-09 20:32:43

thanks thumbwitch - right i better get on to some fish recipes. Thats really annoying cos my ds loves this oil but won't eat fish. but thanks for advice

TheyCallMeLofty Sat 13-Jun-09 20:44:15

Thanks thumbwitch - will give them a go tomorrow smile

MagNacarta Sat 13-Jun-09 21:03:21

Thanks everyone, will give all these ideas a go in the next week.

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