A Recipe to Shake Up Taco Night

You want to serve fun, nutritious dinners but are stuck in a pizza and mac & cheese rut. The solution?

Create nutritious versions of kid-friendly favorites. For example, kids love to fill taco shells – just replace meat with fish or shrimp to add a great twist to a classic meal. When you serve fish tacos with fresh lettuce, tomatoes and cheese, kids enjoy fun finger food and get the “brain food” they need.

Dietary recommendations suggest that all Americans, including children, eat seafood twice a week. Fish is a natural source of lean protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which have been linked to better brain development. Plus, it contains essential vitamins and minerals, including iron; zinc; and vitamins A, B and D.

Boost Your Health With Fish

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – There may be plenty of fish in the sea, but you could probably use a few more on your plate. Seafood — like shrimp, tilapia, and salmon — is brimming with nutrients. What really sets seafood apart from other healthy foods is that it’s a natural source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids.

“Fish has become a go-to food for a real health boost,” says Aviva Goldfarb, author and founder of “The Six O’Clock Scramble,” an online weekly menu planner and cookbook. “It’s a lean protein and a great way to get a dose of omega-3. Since our bodies cannot make omega-3, it’s important to regularly include them in our diets.”

Studies show that a diet containing omega-3s may decrease the risk of certain cancers, decrease blood pressure, reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms, improve arthritis and joint pain, and promote heart health.

“A lot of people are intimidated when it comes to preparing fish, but by keeping the ingredients simple and flavorful, you can prepare a healthy, delicious dish in minutes,” says Goldfarb.

Experts, including the American Heart Association, recommend consuming at least two servings of seafood a week. Not sure where to start? Try this easy, delicious recipe for Grilled Tilapia Broccoli Penne, which packs a huge super-nutrient punch in one meal.

The fillets add an authentic, flame-grilled taste, no grilling required. For more ideas and recipes, visit www.gortons.com.

Grilled Tilapia Broccoli Penne

Serves 2

2 Gorton’s Signature Grilled Tilapia Fillets

4 ounces whole wheat penne pasta

2 tablespoons vegetable or olive oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 cups broccoli florets

2 tablespoons butter or margarine

2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Prepare Gorton’s Signature Grilled Tilapia Fillets and pasta according to package instructions, and cut each fillet into four pieces. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat for two minutes and sauté onion and garlic five minutes, add broccoli, sauté seven minutes, add pasta and remove from heat. Combine remaining ingredients with broccoli mixture, arrange fish pieces over pasta and serve.

Seafood and You: A Lifetime of Good Health

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Seafood is a smart choice for moms who want their kids to have a lifetime of good health. Speaking of smart, experts agree that seafood is an important part of healthy brain development, so much, in fact, that it’s often referred to as “brain food.”

Fish are the best natural source of healthy omega-3’s, fats that are absolutely essential for developing the connections that support memory, judgment, and other important brain activities. Some studies show that eating fish and seafood, especially varieties rich in omega-3’s, promotes heart health and may lower the risk of many chronic diseases later in life.

Mom’s Tacklebox

For moms looking for a healthier option than the standard hot dogs and chicken nuggets, seafood is a convenient way for them to feel good about serving kids a meal that is chock full of important nutrients, like healthy omega-3’s, with minimal fuss.

Registered dietitian Julie Upton urges moms to introduce their kids to seafood at an early age. “The earlier they start eating it, the more apt they are to like it, and the sooner they’ll benefit from all the important nutrients seafood provides,” says Julie. She also recommends these tips for moms looking for healthy meal ideas:

– Kids love to dip: Fish sticks and fish tenders are perfect for small hands and dipping. They are a great way to introduce seafood to little eaters. Try different dips like applesauce, or add some honey to ketchup to sweeten things up.

– Fish Fridays: A Friday night family dinner is a great time to introduce different types of seafood to your picky eaters. For instance, Gorton’s offers Potato Crunch Fillets, Popcorn Shrimp or All-Natural Grilled Fillets, so there is always something for everyone in the family.

– Need a recipe? Substitute fish sticks for an interesting twist on an ordinary dinner by trying Fish Stick Enchiladas or Fish Stick and Cheese Grilled Sandwiches. Go to www.gortons.com/recipes.htm for more great kid-friendly recipes.

At the end of the day, pleasing everyone at dinnertime can be a challenge, but the variety and convenience of seafood brands like Gorton’s makes it easier for moms to serve a well-balanced, homemade meal that their kids will love. Busy moms looking for no-fuss and nutritious meal-time solutions can sign up for Gorton’s e-newsletter at www.gortons.com to have new recipes, healthy eating tips and product coupons delivered right to their inbox.

Chaos in the Kitchen? Tips For Getting Your Kids to Eat

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – If picky eating were an Olympic sport, would your child be the gold medal winner?

If so, you’re not alone. Many parents find that their children consistently place first in the “you can’t make me eat that” category and excel at pushing food around their plate.

How can you turn mealtime into a family-friendly hour as opposed to an all-out war? Here are some suggestions:

* Be patient. Don’t try to force your children to eat if they refuse to finish their meal. By creating drama in the kitchen, you set a bad tone for the future. Kids will automatically think of mealtime as a negative experience and will only become more reluctant when it comes to eating. Be persistent by offering a variety of foods along with those you know they like. As new foods become familiar, your children will be more likely to try them.

* Remember, timing is everything. In the midst of a dinnertime showdown, children don’t want to hear all of the reasons why they should eat the food sitting on their plate. Try to incorporate nutrition education during other parts of the day. Bring up the issue during story time, play time or television time – not in the middle of a temper tantrum over broccoli.

* Look for “fun” foods. Scan the supermarket for foods that you know kids would enjoy. Want to get your kids to try seafood? Products like Gorton’s Popcorn Fish, bite-size fish coated in a crispy batter, appeal to children because of their fun shape and kid-friendly taste. Serving fish in this manner early on will encourage your children to keep an open mind about eating different kinds of seafood in the future.

* Set an example. While the focus may be on getting your kids to eat what is on their plate, it helps to look at your own eating habits as well. Children learn by example and often want to eat what they see grown-ups eating. Make a point to let them see you eating and enjoying the same foods you are serving them.