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Crispy, flavorful and perfect for little hands to hold, these fish sticks will become thumbs-up favorite for even the pickiest eater.
The Backstory: When it comes to picky eaters, I know from which I speak. I have three children and they could not be more different when comes to what they will put in their mouths. My youngest son, now nine-and-a-half, has been eating things like sushi, Brussels sprouts, and just about anything I placed in front of him since he was in diapers. No lie. More of the Backstory after the recipe…
…The Backstory continues: He is the perfect dining companion–at least when it comes to food. My daughter’s palette has developed over time. She will eat all things fresh, such as fruits and veggies, which is a gift in and of itself, but it took a little longer for her to diversify her meals. Now, she is pretty much like her younger brother and I’m sure competitive sibling rivalry had something to do with it. In any case, both of them are a true pleasure to feed, take to a restaurant and enjoy whenever food is involved. I never worry about these two, they never go hungry, LOL. In fact, my daughter and I have a regular girls-only sushi night, which I treasure.
My eldest son, well, there’s the rub. We are still dealing with a four menu repertoire of mac and cheese (the cheese has to be a certain color and texture), burgers (no seeds on the bun), grilled cheese (orange cheese only) and hot dogs (no grill marks). It’s exhausting and limiting. This week, he ate scrambled eggs at his grandmother’s house. I’m praying he’ll eat them when he comes home. Fingers crossed. My point is, I know what it’s like to deal with different kids who develop differently along the food scale and what a challenge it can be.
When my youngest son was about three-years-old, I made him these fish sticks all the time. He devoured them. I used to buy fresh cod for myself and bake it with crumbs and a little lemon juice and fresh herbs, and so I simply cut up a few pieces for him and next thing I knew, he was eating fish. I never bought frozen fish sticks because he liked these. So, I thought I’d pass this 5-minute recipe along to you. He’s a fish lover to this day: salmon, cod, pretty much anything that swims.