Eating more green food is good, right? If it’s fruit, or better yet vegetables! When St. Patrick’s Day rolled around this year, I was pleased to see many food bloggers, like Snack Girl, promoting real green food as oppposed to the fake, artifically green colored stuff which has become synonymous with the holiday. You know what I mean… how much green beer have you consumed under a banner reading, Erin Go Bragh?
Now don’t get me wrong, I am all for celebrating Irish heritage! Although the holiday is over for this year, the Recipe Reduxers are celebrating the ‘patty’ all month long! If you visit food photo sites, like Healthy Aperture, you’ll see this craze played out with images of stacked patties of all kinds: potato patties, quinoa and black bean patties and chocolate peppermint patties, to name just a few. And so this month, we continue to stack ’em up!
You can plainly see I’m stacking the salmon patty, aka the salmon cake or salmon burger (and pairing it with something naturally green). Each week I bake off enough fresh salmon for two meals; the first night I serve it with a salad and a side. The second night I incorporate the leftover salmon into a soup, salad or other salmon inspired dish. Today’s patties are my second meal made with this healthy and delicious fish.
Why do I prepare it twice a week? Well, my daughter accuses me of preparing foods I like. Imagine that. But she’s right! That’s the overwhelming reason why my family gets a double dose of it weekly. Nevertheless, I’d like to suggest you incoporate it into occasional meals for the health benefits. No, it’s not magically delicious, but salmon is naturally low in salt/sodium, a good source of protein, niacin, vitamin B6, vitamin B12 and selenium. Furthermore, salmon is an important source of omega-3 fattty acids, known to reduce cardiovascular risk and decrease inflammation. Recommendations are to comsume 3.5 ounces of salmon twice a week for cardioprotective benefits.
Please spread the Irish spirit with this patty, or one of the patties in the links below, for a wholesome meal fit for the health conscious, Leprechauns included!
What’s your favorite ‘patty’ recipe? What naturally green food do you pair with it?
Salmon Patties (makes 4-6 patties)
- 1 1/2 – 2 cups leftover cooked salmon
- 1 small finely cut onion
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 whole egg, lightly beaten
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- 1 cup panko
- 1 tablespoon olive oil or enough to spray pan
- lemon wedges
1. In a mixing bowl, flake cooked salmon with a fork.
2. Add onion, lemon juice, egg, salt,and peppers. Mix to combine.
3.Add just enough panko to bind the mixture together (1/4-1/2 cup).
4.Shape into 4-6 patties and coat exterior with remaining panko.
5. Place on a non stick cookie sheet or one that has been sprayed with olive oil.
6. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
7. Bake 375 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes or until browned.
Serve with and lemon wedges and a fresh green salad.