As a mother of an 8-month-old, I have enjoyed introducing solid foods to my son. I love to eat, and so does he! He takes whatever I put in front of his and crams it into his mouth with gusto. Since I follow the Baby Led Weaning approach, my baby eats what I eat. This puts welcome pressure on me to eat healthy food.
So when it came to selecting seafood at our local Publix with my mother the other day, I had a bit of a conundrum. Which seafood would be good enough for my first-born child? My mother is used to me being choosy with my fish since I started working for Fish Navy Films.
I tell her I know too much after having seen Fish Meat and done research for the blog! I worry about bioaccumulation and overfishing and country of origin. So no tuna, swordfish or even salmon for me. “How about cod?” she asked me with a smile. Nope, I had just read that morning that the fishery was still in trouble. I’d even tweeted about it. I don’t want to be a hypocrite.
So I looked around for my old stand bys, catfish (which they did not have that day) and tilapia. Tilapia it was. The tilapia was farmed, and the country of origin was Costa Rica, not US as I had hoped. I was defeated in that sense, but so much of our seafood is imported that what can we do? At least the Seafood Watch Program (which I had at my fingertips because there’s an app for that) lists Central American tilapia as a “good alternative”.
We pan seared it and served it with roasted vegetables, and it was a hit with my little man. I wish buying seafood was easier because I have always loved eating it and would love for my son to be able to buy it one day without scratching his head every time we go to the supermarket.