I am a big proponent of getting kids into the kitchen whenever possible. Because if they make it, they will be more likely to eat it! One of my favorite recipes for kids to help with is homemade fish sticks. My daughter and I first made these together when she was 6 years old – and she did most of the work! I just cut the fish and got an assembly line all set up, and she got to work making all the fish sticks – which freed me up to make the dipping sauce (which she could have probably done too). She tends to be a bit of a picky eater – but these are one of her favorites, I think partly because she thinks about them as “her fish sticks,” and they are!
Our family recently went gluten-free, and so I decided to try to re-create this family favorite with popchips in place of the breadcrumbs – and they were even better than the original recipe! The fish sticks turned out so great, that I decided to try to make a few different recipes with popchips! I like popchips because they are popped not fried, gluten free, all natural, and they come in lots of yummy flavors – great for these 3 delicious, fast & easy recipes!
popchips Fish Sticks
Note: These fish sticks are good brain & mood food because they contain chia seed, which is a SUPERFOOD. Chia seeds are high in minerals, protein, fiber and ALA omega 3s – which help boost:
*If you can not find ground chia seeds, you may replace it with flax meal, or just omit it from the recipe.
popchips Coconut Shrimp
Serve plain or with a Sweet Thai Chili dipping sauce; also great over a bed of baby greens with thinly sliced red onion, mango chunks, and a fresh lime dressing.
Sweet Thai Chili Dipping Sauce:
Directions: Put all ingredients into a small saucepan, heat on medium high until just boiling, then reduce heat to low and simmer stirring occasionally for a couple of minutes. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool slightly while preparing/cooking shrimp.
My daughter is not a big fan of coconut, so I decided to try one more flavor…
popchips Parmesan Garlic Popcorn Shrimp
Serve plain or with the dipping sauce recipe for the fish sticks (above).
Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, whose book The Perfect Metabolism Plan (Red Wheel/Conari Press) will be hitting book shelves Spring of 2015. You can download her Cooking with Superfoods eBooklet now for free. A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, Sara used to be a sugar junkie too. She offers consultations, corporate nutrition, monthly cooking classes, and affordable online programs.
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