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Citrus Marinated Fish & Mini Turkey Burgers

Here are two delicious recipes from The Baby and Toddler Cookbook that provide high quality protein and other key nutrients like healthful omega 3 fatty acids (in the fish), and olive oil and avocado (both rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat). They’re likely to appeal not only to the little ones, but to the entire family!

Citrus Marinated Fish*

1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for greasing

1 tablespoon olive oil plus more for greasing

1 tablespoon fresh orange juice

1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon chili powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 6.5 ounce skinless fish fillet such as wild salmon or halibut

soft corn tortillas, warmed for serving

Makes 1 1/4 cups

1. In a bowl, whisk together the olive oil, orange and lime juices, garlic, chili powder and salt. Add the fish and turn to coat with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly oil a small baking dish. Transfer the fish from the marinade to the prepared dish and discard the marinade. Bake until opaque throughout about 15 minutes. Let cool.
3. Depending on your toddler’s age and chewing ability, shred, chop, or dice the fish into a size your toddler can handle. Be sure to discard any pinbones left in the fish. Serve wrapped in the tortillas. For younger toddlers, cut the tortillas into bite-sized pieces to serve along side the fish.

Mini Turkey Burgers

1 lb ground turkey

1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs

1/4 cup minced onion

2 tablespoons milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon pepper

1 tablespoon olive oil

6 small, thin slices Monterey jack cheese

6 mini hamburger buns, split

1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled and mashed

1. Preheat broiler. In a bowl, combine the turkey, bread crumbs, onion, milk, salt, and pepper. Using your hands, mix just until the ingredients are combined. Be careful not to overwork. Form the mixture into 6 patties, each about 2-1/2 inches thick.
2. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil. Arrange the patties in the pan without crowding and cook, turning once, until cooked through, 9-12 minutes total. During the last minute or two of cooking, place 1 cheese slice on top of each burger and cover the pan to help melt the cheese. Transfer burgers to a plate.
3. While the burgers are cooking, arrange the buns, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Broil until lightly toasted.
4. To assemble the burgers, place a patty on the toasted side of each bun bottom. Spread the mashed avocado thickly on top of the cheese, replace the tops, toasted side down, and serve.

*The American Colege of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) recommend not introducing fish and seafood to infants that have a family history of allergies of any kind until age 3 (36 months) and older.

Source: The Baby & Toddler Cookbook: Fresh, Homemade Foods for a Healthy Start (Weldon Owen: 2010) by Karen Ansel, MS, RD, and Charity Ferreira.

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