Weeknight dinners can be a challenge. Especially when both parents are working, kids’ schedules are jam-packed with activities and the convenience of a take-away is so tempting. But wait before you pick up the phone: I am starting a series of 20 minute dinner recipes. They work great for children and can also be dressed-up for an adult palate.  And they are better for you than almost anything you may order from the restaurant.  Additional bonuses –  easy cooking methods = less stress, enjoyable family time together at a dinner table and plenty of opportunities to engage your little helpers in the kitchen.

Nori salmon 1

Fast and easy nori-salmon sticks.

1. Preheat the oven to 450 F.

2. Mix 1 tablespoon olive  oil, 1 tablespoon of your favorite chopped herbs (I used dill), a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

3. Rub the mixture into the skinned salmon fillets sliced vertically into two or three “fish sticks” about 1 inch wide.

4. Place each piece of salmon on a nori sheet and wrap it like a package. If the nori does not stick to itself to “seal” the package, brush it with some oil. 

5. Place the wrapped salmon on a lightly oiled baking sheet and bake for about 10 minutes for each inch of thickness.

A spicier version for grown-ups: mix 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1/4 teaspoon wasabi powder and rub into the salmon together with the herbs and oil before wrapping it in nori.

Serve with avocado, steamed green beans and brown rice. I typically cook big batches of whole grains like rice, barley or buckwheat and freeze them in small plastic bags to use during the week.

Bon appetit!

Nutritional perks:

  • Salmon provides plenty of Omega-3 fatty acids, important for brain function, cardiovascular health and control of inflammatory processes in the body. Recently Omega-3s have been studied for their effect on depression and anxiety disorders and the results are quite promising! Choose wild salmon over the farmed variety, it has more beneficial fat and less environmental contaminants like PCBs and dioxins.
  • Nori is very rich in phytonutrients that help to reduce risk of heart disease and many different cancers. It is also a solid vegetarian source of Omega-3 fatty acids and fiber.

Kitchen jobs for kids :

  • Mixing the herbs with salt, pepper and oil
  • Wrapping the salmon into nori
  • Setting the table