1 July 2013

Healthy kid's recipes - homemade fish fingers & easy shortbread biscuits

Well here in North London the weather has just been wonderful today. Warm sunshine, no clouds and only a slight breeze. So during my class today all the windows and doors were open and the children happily prepared homemade fish fingers and deliciously easy shortbread biscuits.

Homemade fish fingers

Chips and fish fingers ready for the taking
Fish can be expensive but it's nutritional values are worth it. I try and cook fish for my children twice a week. My homemade fish fingers always go down a storm at home and in my classes. I tend to buy fish that is on special offer or frozen as this way it is a little more affordable.

Many people are turned off by fish because of it's smell. Fresh fish does not smell! If you have never cooked fish before these fingers are great recipe to start with.


A piece of filleted fish (cod, tilapia, salmon etc)
1 egg
¼ mug of flour in bowl
½ mug of breadcrumbs with 1tbsp sesame seeds
Salt and pepper

Optional: add 1 tbsp sesame seeds to breadcrumbs for extra crunch and omega 3

Children enjoying their fish fingers and homemade chips

1. Cut the fish up into finger/nugget sized pieces
2. Place the flour, breadcrumbs and lightly whisked egg into separate bowls
3. Add a little seasoning (salt and pepper) to the flour
4. Firstly coat the fish pieces in the flour, next in the egg, then in the breadcrumbs and place on a clean plate
5. In a frying pan with a little oil lightly fry them on each side for a minute or two until crispy and cooked (fish fillets cook very quickly). Alternatively you can cook them in a pre-heated oven on 180C for 10 minutes

Top Tip:

If due to allergies/religious requirements you or your child cannot eat eggs use milk or water instead to glue the crumbs and sesame seeds to the fish.

Easy homemade shortbread biscuits
In my opinion homemade biscuits are the best and the healthiest (when eaten in moderation ;-). Not only can you eat them when they are still warm out of the oven but you can govern what goes into them. Many recipes have too much sugar so I always tend to halve the amount of sugar that the recipe stipulates especially when making biscuits for children. Making your own biscuits also means that children are not eating any hidden preservatives, colouring or flavouring which are very unhealthy for them. Give thee shortbread biscuits a try - you'll never want a shop bought one again!

250g butter, softened
100g caster sugar
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
250g plain flour 


Preheat oven to 180 C/gas mark 4

1. With an electric whisk cream the butter and sugar until fluffy
2. Stir in the vanilla extract then add the flour and mix well
3. Roll out the mixture to 1cm in thickness and cut the biscuits out to whichever shapes you want – use either a knife or biscuit cutter
4. Bake on a baking tray for 10-12 minutes.

If you want to create a pattern on the biscuits, lightly press a fork into the uncooked biscuits.

Serving suggestions:
Gorgeous with strawberries and cream!



1 comment:

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