I remember when I was younger I had a huge aversion to fish, like many children do. The texture, flavor, and smell are unlike anything else. I used to fight my parents to not have to eat it, used to get chicken or something of the sort at Red Lobster if we went there (and yumm, yes, the biscuits). As I got older, I started to LOVE fish. All kinds of fish. And SUSHI. Oh, what would I do if I didn’t have sushi?!
When my mini me got diagnosed with food allergies to Milk, Eggs, Peanuts, Fish, and Shellfish, my thoughts immediately went to what she couldn’t have, and how we were going to be able to find foods for her to have. I worked thru it. I found substitutions for some of our favorite foods and got creative in the kitchen. We ate less processed foods than ever! We found that Oreos are actually Vegan, so she could have small indulgences like the rest of the kids she knew as she grew up.
Earlier this summer, we had our annual allergy appointment where the doctor did a skin test for some of her allergies. We were ESTATIC to find that she could eat fish and shell fish. She was so excited to be able to eat fish and shellfish, even though she had never tasted them before. Just given the opportunity to eat something she has never been allowed to had her all reved up. We bought some fish sticks the very next day (I figured that was a safe bet for a 3 year old to try fish for the first time) and cooked them up. She sat down and tried them.
She LOVED fish. I was so scared that she was going to not like it, and we would have gone thru all of the testing for no reason. Since then, we’ve had shrimp, salmon burgers, and pollock burgers, all of which she loved.
Last night was the true test… I had plans to make fish tacos. Not too extreme, but still something I would picture a 3 year old eating. So I went ahead and started making them. I didn’t write down a recipe, but it was simple enough that I’ll give details below. I even had some slaw and avocado to put on top. I tell you, this small child of mine will try anything once! I put a taco together for her, and was expecting her to try it and hate it… But she didn’t! She loved it! Devoured the whole thing in a matter of minutes, and asked for more. She makes my heart smile – her courage and adventurous nature makes me so proud to be her mom, and makes me want to continue to strive to be better in every way.
Oven Roasted “Blackened” Tilapia Tacos with Slaw
- Tilapia seasoned with chili powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, salt, garlic powder, and onion powder
- Baked for about 15-20 at 400 if frozen (which mine was because I didn’t think far enough ahead to take out of the freezer), less if fresh or thawed
- Cole Slaw Mix combined with Walden Farms Thousand Island dressing and put in the fridge while baking
I topped small multi bran tortillas with some crumbled tilapia, a bit of slaw, and some chopped avocado.
I hope you enjoy if you give it a try!