Salmon patties and Green bean medley

In Cooking, What's for dinner? on August 27, 2012 at 2:33 am

I stumbled upon a recipe for salmon patties as part of a post on a blog I read regarding budget meals.  I have to be honest with you all, the idea of canned salmon has never really been all that appealing to me.  However, our grocery budget was crying out for something simple and inexpensive to be added to the list.  With all the dietary needs in our family, groceries can get pretty pricey.  Not to mention that I am pretty much a stickler when it comes to eating organic fruits and vegetables. And, yes, I prefer grass fed beef, etc.  Since I have grown to trust the author of the blog, Nourished Kitchen and have enjoyed many of her recipes, I decided to take a chance on the salmon patties.  Amazingly they were a hit right away.  I still do not love making them.  Something about all the vertebrae bones that have to be discarded, the odor, etc. that just gets me every time.  But they couldn’t be more simple to make and and so tasty.  Couple them with a nice salad, soup or whatever veggie you happen to have around and you’ve got a very budget friendly and healthy dinner.  Who knew that the little soft bones in the salmon added calcium to the meal?  Ok, I am sure some of you would have thought that.  But… that idea had never crossed my mind.  Needless to say salmon patties has become one of our stand by meals; served about every other week.

This week instead of my typical salad of romaine lettuce, strawberries, onion, ruby red grapefruit, slivered almonds and farmer’s cheese, with a grapefruit vinaigrette, I went for the green beans in the veggie drawer.  I chopped up all the fruit in the house that was on the verge of going bad (plums, apples, pears and pineapple), then sauteed it all with the grapefruit vinaigrette I had previously frozen.  I simply added a little extra honey and that was that.  My husband and I ate it all up, of course.  The kids were funny.  My daughter picked out and ate all the green beans first.  Then she went back for the fruit.  My son, even though I know he likes green beans, decided he would pick them out and not eat them.  At least he ate the fruit. I rounded the meal out for my husband and children by adding a small side of rice noodles.  All in all it was a success.

If you are interested in the recipe here is the link to the original post: Salmon Cakes. I have personally found that using only 1 or 2 eggs, depending on their size has been better for us.  The patties are simply too wet and sloppy to form with 3 eggs (at least for me).  And once in a while I dust them with coconut flour seasoned with salt and pepper to add a little crispness to the outside.  However, be advised the extra coconut flour in the pan can burn easily which gives the patties a darker color.  Doesn’t harm the flavor, though.



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