for the kiddos (or the kid in you).by caroline
I am loving reading your responses to what makes your gluten-free life fulfilling and rewarding in the comments section of my interview with Katie Chalmers, author of Mommy, What Is Celiac Disease? I can’t tell you how happy it makes my heart to know that other people are finding the joy that comes with discovering a gluten-free lifestyle that helps them to no longer feel sick. Want to win a copy of Katie’s book? Don’t forget to share your thoughts in the comments section of the post by Thursday, February 23rd at 11:59 p.m. EST. I’ll pick a winner Friday morning!
Speaking of the kiddos, I have a recipe that will make your little ones happy: Crispy Fish Sticks!
They’re ten times healthier than the ones you might find in the freezer section of your grocery store, they are simple and, of course, gluten-free!
I made these for my brother, Isaac, last week when he was staying with us and he absolutely loved them. The best part? It gave me an excuse to indulge in a completely kid-like dinner –– these fish sticks paired with gluten-free mac ‘n’ cheese. I did, however, squeeze in a side of sautéed spinach (Isaac wasn’t feeling it).
Here are the deets …
Crispy Fish Sticks
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Keywords: bake kids entree gluten-free
Ingredients (20-25 sticks)
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil, for greasing pan
- 1 lb. white fish fillets (like tilapia), sliced into strips
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 4 slices gluten-free bread, toasted
- 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon dried roasted garlic
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×9 or 9×13 baking dish with olive oil.
In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Pour into a shallow dish and set aside.
Using a food processor, pulse toasted bread until it becomes crumbs. Pour bread crumbs into a medium bowl. Add Parmesan cheese, oregano, sea salt and roasted garlic, stirring to combine. Set aside.
Begin slicing fish fillets into strips about 3/4- to 1 inch wide. When all of the fish has been sliced, dip each slice into egg mixture, making sure to allow excess egg to run off. Move egg-coated fish slice to bowl with bread crumb mixture and be sure to cover completely. Place breaded fish slice into prepared baking pan. Repeat this process with all fish slices.
When all of the fish sticks have been completely coated and placed into the baking dish, put the dish into the oven, allowing the fish to cook for 30 minutes or until bread crumbs begin to turn golden brown. Be sure to flip fish sticks with a spatula halfway through bake time.
Serve with favorite gluten-free dipping sauce and enjoy!
Eat ’em as is or serve them with a gluten-free dipping sauce (anything from ketchup to one of my favorite San-J Gluten-Free Asian Cooking Sauces).
And, hey, if you don’t have kids, it’s OK to make these for yourself too. It’ll be our little secret.