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FISH AND POTATO PORRIDGE FOR KIDS

In today’s article, I will be discussing on how to make “Fish and Potato Porridge For Kid”
Why Potatoes Are Good For Kids
Compared to rice and pasta, potatoes gives you a bigger bang for your buck in terms of healthy nutrition, it contains Carbohydrates and it also helps both brains and bodies and is the main source of energy for growth and sports.
It has Vitamin B, Which helps your body put carbs to work, providing energy and staying healthy, Vitamin C Essential for healthy skin, bones and hair.
POTATOES ARE NOT FATTENING

Potatoes are naturally fat-free; it’s what you put on top of them that may need to be enjoyed in moderation.
If you’re looking for lower-cal, lower-fat potatoes recipes
POTATOES ARE SATIATING

Kids get hungry so fast, so they need quality foods that will help them feel full and provide the energy they need to keep going. This is where Potatoes comes in!
Therefore, Nutrients really play an important role in the development of our body. Without proper nutrient, it really becomes difficult for us to survive. Food rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals is really necessary to be a part of the diet. A diet containing all the nutrients in the proper amount is known as a balanced diet.

WHY IS FISH GOOD FOR KIDS?
Fish has a lot of high-quality protein, iron, and minerals. Some varieties (like salmon, anchovies, and sardines) contain omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for heart health and developing brains. Some (like salmon) even contain vitamin D, which can be hard to get through food.
Fish is rich in protein, the nutrient the body needs to build strong healthy muscles and bones as well as to help repair the scrapes and scratches that are part and parcel of growing up. Protein is needed by every part of the body, skin, hair, nails, heart, lungs as well as muscles and it is a vital nutrient for healthy development. Children need to eat protein food at lunch and dinner and fish can be a very healthy choice for them.
But apart from protein, fish is also rich in several essential vitamins and minerals. All fish are rich in selenium, iodine and zinc. Selenium is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the body from toxins and may play a role in helping to prevent cancer. Iodine is essential for a healthy metabolism and zinc helps to boost the immune system and fight off coughs and colds. That’s why parents are advised to give their children protein filled foods.

RECIPES
i. 3 medium Irish potatoes
ii. 2 medium fish of your choice (cut and wash well)
iii. 2 medium carrots (well cleaned and finely chopped)
iv. 1 cup peas
v. ¼ red bell pepper
vi. 1tablespoons grounded crayfish (optional)
vii. 1 tablespoon curry powder
viii. 1 cooking spoon palm oil
ix. Black pepper
x. Water for cooking
xi. Salt and seasoning (to taste)
xii. Leafy spinach: for garnish (alternative: garden egg leaves)

PROCEDURES
1. Place the potatoes in a pan, add water to it then cover them slightly, add the pepper and diced onions, seasoning cubes and salt stir well and cover.
2. Add the fish, cover the pan and start cooking on medium heat. allow cooking for 5 minutes.
3. After 5minutes, gently remove the fish and set aside. Add the peas, carrots, bell pepper, crayfish and palm oil and salt to taste and all necessary recipes needed, then stir, cover and cook on high heat till the water surrounding the potatoes starts to thicken (form porridge).
4. When the potato is well cooked, add the fish back to the pan, stir gently and turn off the heat.
Serve with the slices of spinach leaves or garden egg leaves.

N/B:
* Before you cook any this meal you will need to peel, wash and cut the potato into small cubes. Dice the onion.
* Wash and slice the either the spinach or the garden egg leaves or whatever you decide to use for garnishing and set aside. After that, grind the black pepper or the habanero pepper (Ata Rodo) or use a dry pepper.
* When preparing this meal for kids less than one-year-old, make sure not to add salt, pepper and seasoning cubes.
* Ensure to use the fish of your choice for this meal, just be sure not to prepare it with bones on it for the sake of the kids.

This meal can also be eaten by Adults as well not only babies or children’s.
Happy Cooking!

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