I have a confession to make: I have a SUPER picky 3 year old. As a food blogger who takes great pride in getting people to try and love foods they may not have enjoyed in the past, this is a challenge for me on many levels. I used a different kind of apple sauce in his oatmeal the other day and he caught on right away. "Mommy, I don't like it. It's not the right flaaaavor." Ugh.
Fortunately, there are still a few meals that Riley loves and that I feel great about making for him. This is one of those meals! The other day, I made this with my friend Kim who has 3 little boys keeping her crazy busy. This meal is the perfect solution for people like Kim who have a small window of time to make a healthy, delicious dinner for picky kids (and adults)!
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15 Minute Salmon & Avocado Rice Bowls
Makes 4 Servings
- 2 cups white sushi rice
- 4 salmon fillets
- 2 1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
- salt and black pepper
- 4 eggs, room temperature
- 2 avocados, sliced
- 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon honey
- Cook the rice in a rice cooker according to the manufacturers instructions (or on the stove top according to the instructions on the package*).
- Heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven heats up, place the salmon, skin side down, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons of the sesame oil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to the oven and cook 9-12 minutes or until the fish is opaque but flakes easily. (Check out the video for a great method to test doneness!)
- While the salmon cooks, bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the eggs gently and cook for 7 minutes. Transfer to an ice bath until cool enough to handle. Peel the eggs and cut them in half.
- Whisk together the soy sauce, remaining 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
- Divide the rice among 4 bowls and top each with salmon, eggs, and avocado**.
*If you use the stovetop method, this meal takes about half an hour total to prepare. Still a short amount of time, relatively, but don't be surprised when it doesn't take 15 minutes!
**Omit eggs and sauce for kiddos under 1 year old and be sure to check the salmon for bones.