As started transitioning Emma from purees to finger foods I found myself in a sort of “recipe writer’s block”. I love cooking, I love coming up with recipes, and I love introducing my daughter to new foods and flavors. I had been very successful on coming up with great recipes and combinations for purees/baby food. However, when it came time to make fun and nutritious finger foods I hit a road block. So I got on Pinterest and started researching ideas for toddler foods, finger foods, toddler lunches and anything that came to mind that was related to toddler foods. The idea was to get as much inspiration as possible to come up with new and creative recipes to make for my baby girl.
One of the first foods I came across were Fish Sticks. Now, I have never been a fan of fish sticks. I never liked them to be honest, and I’m not a picky eater at all. In fact, I’m actually a foodie. There aren’t many foods I can say I don’t like. But, when it comes to fish sticks, I just didn’t care for them. I guess I just like my fish very fresh. Fish sticks are not typically fresh and definitely not as healthy as I would like them to be.
That’s when I had the idea that I could make them fresh and healthy. Fish is one of my favorite foods and very beneficial for a growing and developing baby. So how could I turn this classic food into something healthy and maximize it’s nutritional value? I looked around my pantry, went in my fridge, and there it was, on my fridge door a bag of Flax Seed Meal. And then it hit me! I could make fish sticks with flax seed meal breading. I immediately went for it and experimented a brand new recipe for me!
Now, I had never made any type of fish sticks before so I had to do some additional research before I got started. Overall, it was a great experience making these. It got me out of my recipe funk and inspired me to continue developing more recipes for my daughter. If I could come up with a recipe for fish sticks that both my daughter and myself loved, I could make anything else happen with food!
Flax Fish Sticks
- 1 lb white fish (I used Cod)
- 1/2 cup flax meal
- 1/4 cup oat flour
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1 tbsp dried oregano
- 1 tbsp dried basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Dry fish filets fully with a paper towel. Lay each filet vertically in front of you. Cut each filet into small-medium size sticks. Season fish with salt and pepper if desired.
In a bowl, combine flax meal with oregano, basil, garlic powder, paprika and salt (if using).
Take 2 small plates and a bowl. In front of you arrange dishes in following order: plate, bowl, plate.
Add oat flour to first plate, beaten egg to bowl, and seasoned flax meal to last plate.
Take each fish stick and coat in oat flour and set aside. Repeat this step for all sticks before moving to next step (avoids bigger mess).
Take each fish stick coated with oat flour and dip into beaten egg. Remove excess liquid with edge of bowl. Then dip into seasoned flax meal and coat generously.
Arrange coated fish sticks in a cookie sheet aligned with parchment paper. Bake for 8-10 minutes. Remove sheet from oven and flip fish sticks over with a spatula very carefully. Return back to oven for another 5 minutes.
Let fish sticks cool and enjoy with your favorite dipping sauce!