I recently received a box of California Avocados from the California Avocado Commission as part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program. My family did not have any trouble devouring all six avocados since avocados are one of our favorite foods.
After discovering how simple it is to make sushi at home and inspired by the colorful rainbow roll, I decided to make a more kid-friendly version of this popular sushi roll. Your kids can help roll the sushi and brainstorm different toppings to give the roll the rainbow colors.
Tempura is a popular Japanese dish consisting of battered and fried seafood and vegetables. It is light and lacy, different than the typical heavily-fried items we find in the states. It is a unique and fun way to get your family to eat vegetables and seafood.
Enchiladas are a great way to get your family to eat seafood. Shrimp, scallops, crab and cod are all good options for the filling because they are firm and have mild flavors.
This is our take on a shrimp pizza that we had at one of our favorite pizzerias. The creaminess of the avocado is a perfect combo with the shrimp.
Light coconut milk is a great ingredient for disguising seafood and veggies.
Paella has become the national dish of Spain and a symbol of Spanish cuisine in the eyes of many people outside of Spain. However, though you can find paella throughout Spain, it is truly a regional specialty of Valencia. Traditionally, the seasonings in paella are simple - saffron, garlic, salt and pepper - allowing the natural flavors of the meats and seafood to shine. But the beauty of this dish is that you can load it with the ingredients of your choice. My personal favorite is paella mixta, made with all sorts of seafood, sausage and chicken.
This version of Moqueca de Peixe e Camarao (Brazilian Fish and Shrimp Stew) comes from the state of Bahia in northen Brazil. It reminds me of a Thai curry because of the coconut milk. You can make it with only fish - Moqueca de Peixe - or only shrimp - Moqueca de Camarao - but we liked it with the combination of seafood.
This was one of my husband's favorite meals when he was a kid. He remembers always ordering it at Mexican restaurants. It's a new meal for me. But, what's not to love?! Bacon makes everything better. And it's a fun presentation for kids.
Spain is known for tapas, originally just an olive or two on a plate to literally "top" a drink. Over time, the olive or piece of cheese has been replaced by more elaborate "little bites" of truly gourmet food. But even the gourmet bites highlight the natural, simple flavors of the fresh ingredients. Each region of Spain has their own specialties, but some tapas, like Gambas al Ajillo, can be found throughout the country.