Healthy Family Dinner Recipes: Deliciously Fun Fish Sticks

Healthy family dinner recipes aren’t always designed for a busy life style. So we decided to take one of the most common, on-the-go dinner ideas and give it a healthy twist!  Make fries by chopping up a potato and baking the slices in the oven until brown on both sides. Have the kids help you by dipping the fish into the breadcrumb mixture. Yummy!


Canola oil cooking spray
1 cup whole-wheat dry breadcrumbs
1 cup whole-grain cereal flakes
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 large egg whites, beaten
1 pound tilapia fillets, cut into strips


1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Set a wire rack on a baking sheet; coat with cooking spray.
2. Place breadcrumbs, cereal flakes, lemon pepper, garlic powder, paprika and salt in a food processor or blender and process until finely ground. Transfer to a shallow dish.
3. Place flour in a second shallow dish and egg whites in a third shallow dish. Dip each strip of fish in the flour, dip it in the egg and then coat all sides with the breadcrumb mixture. Place on the prepared rack. Coat both sides of the breaded fish with cooking spray.
4. Bake until the fish is cooked through and the breading is golden brown and crisp, about 10 minutes.


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