Fish Sticks and Mac & Cheese

Homemade Fish Sticks and Mac & Cheese

Published On June 25, 2013 | By Christa Schueler | Cafe Mom, Food, Just For Dads, Recipes

Make Homemade Fish Sticks and Mac & Cheese For Your Picky Eaters

I’m a super busy mom of three which means I typically don’t have a whole lot of time dealing with picky eaters.  Whenever I go to the grocery store, I often ask my kids if they would like fish sticks for dinner and 99% of the time the response is a resounding “no”.  My kids aren’t huge fans of Kraft Mac & Cheese either which I suppose is a good thing considering it’s not very healthy.  So when I leave the grocery store, there is almost never boxes of mac and cheese and fish sticks anywhere to be found in my shopping bags.  It’s not that my children are extremely picky when it comes to food, it’s just that they can be very particular which can be just as bad.

So what can I do to get my kids to eat fish sticks and macaroni and cheese?  Make it myself because nothing beats homemade (and the kids can help prepare the meal so they’re more likely to eat it!).  The Organized Cook has a two great recipes: Corn Flake Fish Sticks and Homemade Macaroni and Cheese.

Corn Flake Fish Sticks

Corn Flake Fish Sticks

Corn Flake Fish Stick courtesy of the Organized Cook


  • white fish, like cod- 1½-2 lbs
  • celery stalks- 2, chopped fine
  • Corn Flakes- 2 cups
  • egg- 1
  • Old Bay seasoning- 1 tablespoon
  • dried dill, dried parsley- 1 teaspoon each
  • breadcrumbs- 1 cup
  • mayonnaise- about ¼ cup
  • lemon juice
  • canola oil


  1. Preheat oven to Broil
  2. Place fish on baking sheet and pat dry
  3. Bake until cooked thoroughly, approximately 7 minutes
  4. Transfer fish to large mixing bowl and flake with a fork
  5. Add celery, egg, Old Bay, dill, parsley, breadcrumbs, mayonnaise and lemon juice; mix well
  6. Place Corn Flakes in shallow bowl
  7. Heat oil in deep skillet over medium-high heat
  8. Hand-roll fish mixture into sticks or patties (they don’t have to be perfect) then gently roll in Corn Flakes
  9. Fry in oil until crispy brown on both sides, approximately 7 minutes total
  10. Transfer to paper-towel lined plate to cool

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

Homemade Macaroni and Cheese courtesy of the Organized Cook


  • elbow macaroni- 1 lb
  • shredded cheddar cheese- 16 oz. or 2 cups
  • cream of cheddar soup- 1 can
  • butter- 2 tablespoons
  • flour- 1 tablespoons
  • milk- ½ cup


  1. Boil pasta in salted water in large pasta pot until tender
  2. Drain pasta in strainer and leave in the strainer
  3. Return pan to the stove to melt butter over medium-high heat
  4. Add flour and mix into the butter
  5. Add milk and mix well making a roux
  6. Add cheese and soup stirring until cheese is melted, approximately one minute
  7. Mix cooked macaroni into cheese mixture

Do you have picky (or particular) eaters?  How do you get your kids to try new foods?  Tell us your thoughts.


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About The Author

UNLV graduate, wife, mother of three, blogger and aspiring novelist, Christa Schueler brings her writing, editing and research skills to Recess. As an advocate for education and health reform and a 25 year Las Vegas resident, Christa understands the need for providing a platform and a "voice" for women in Southern Nevada. Despite Las Vegas being one of the fastest growing cities in the country, Christa has seen continual lack of community connection and strives to change that. Now, she's joined the sandbox revolution!

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