sliced of pizza with sliced lemon

Fish! So delish and so healthy for baby. This recipe features a baked salmon loaded with herbs and free of salt and sugar, perfect for the whole family!

sliced of pizza with sliced lemon

High in iron and those proteins so helpful for brain development, we love feeding all sorts of fish to baby, and he loves it! Salmon in particular is high in Vitamin D, which along with iron isn’t delivered in breastmilk, so that’s helpful too, especially in these winter months! This is truly great (and I love nerding out on this stuff!) but since parents are busy and children are growing up so fast, we feel it’s best to simplify it – and just focus on real, whole foods for baby.

Instead of putting foods under a microscope to see all the vitamins and nutrients each specific food delivers, is baby getting a well-balanced, diverse diet filled with fresh fruits and veggies? Great. Mostly unprocessed and free of salt and sugar? Awesome. No need to overanalyze in my opinion. That’s why I chose to skip rice cereal and just go for normal foods that we eat as people, i.e. salmon and meat, all of which high in iron that baby needs. Also things that are already in my grocery basket, even easier! Yay.

Hence our salmon recipe today! I love this recipe because it’s delicious and easy – throwing dinner in the oven so I can play with Baby R is the goal 🙂 We make this almost once a week, served alongside a veggie and starch like steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes.

Even though babies don’t need added salt – because of their tiny kidneys and also their taste buds developing based on what is fed to them – it does not mean we can’t give them a little flavor. So here we add dill, garlic, and lemon. If I don’t have lemon I really don’t worry about it and just leave it out, and baby R has been known to down up to 2 of these salmon fillets either way!

With every Chick and Sprout recipe, there is a way to involve baby in the preparation, depending on where they are developmentally. Whether it’s just talking to them about what you are doing, letting them hold and smell a fresh herb, or having your toddler sprinkle on the spices, getting children involved in meal prep is a super helpful way to get them to try what you’re cooking. For this recipe, I let Baby Russell watch me sprinkle the herbs- holding him in one hand and sprinkling with the other. I gave him the bottle to help, but that mostly ended up with herbs on my shoulder…still a learning experience 🙂

Then, I re-capped the garlic powder and the dill and he had some fun new playthings for another 20 minutes, until the salmon was ready. He banged them together, put them in and out of a pot about 400 times, and crawled around the house with them. The best toys aren’t even toys am I right?

Enjoy this healthful and delicious salmon with your family, and please let me know what you think!

Baked Salmon with Dill for Baby

This recipe features a baked salmon loaded with herbs and free of salt and sugar, perfect for the whole family!

Ingredients
  

  • Salmon fillets, any size
  • Olive oil or Butter
  • Dried Dill
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1 Lemon (Optional)

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350.
  • Grease the bottom of a glass dish with the olive oil or butter.
  • Lay the salmon fillets flat and spaced so they do not touch.
  • Sprinkle the salmon with either olive oil or small pats of butter.
  • Sprinkle the salmon with garlic powder and dried dill, covering generously.
  • Cut the lemon in half, and squeeze one half over the salmon. Slice the other half into circles and lay across the salmon.
  • Bake the salmon at 350 for 20-25 minutes, depending on size of fillets. Check, and when dry and flaky in the middle, cool and serve.

Notes

sliced of pizza with sliced lemon

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