Sunday 25 January 2015

Simple Salmon Patties

Though I'm ever one to grumble about modernity, convenience society and fast food, sometimes  I confess, speed is of the essence. This same speed often demands sacrifices, most commonly it means cutting down on health benefits or flavour, often with the unfortunate side-effect of leaving a cold hard pit of disappointment in the immediate aftermath of one's hasty dining experience. So shedding my usual identity as an irritable old codger, I've decided to roll out a recipe that is not only fast but tasty and healthy to boot!

These salmon patties are packed with protein and healthy fats and are convenient not only due to their speed but because they can be eaten in burgers or all dressed up in yogurt, lemon and fresh herbs. Ever better than this, they're portable and easy to reheat, a great little lunch to make ahead and take on the go.

Preheat oven to 425
1/4c. Roasted nuts, ground (I used almonds though walnuts are also great)
1/4c. Split pea or lentil flour (You can grind them yourself in a coffee grinder, it's a tad on the coarse side but it works!)
1 Yellow Onion, diced
2 cans of salmon (213g. each) debonned
2 eggs
2 pinches of wasabi powder (optional, can be substituted with whatever spices tickle your fancy, coriander would do the trick!)
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste

The recipe is simple enough, as promised.

Dice the onion (you can pass it through a food processor)

Grind the nuts and legumes if necessary (Nuts can be coarser, up to you!)

Press as much liquid as possible from the salmon 

Combine all ingredients together, make sure to incorporate the eggs thoroughly

If you feel that the mix is too wet, feel free to add some additional nuts, legumes or some wholewheat flour to bind it, you want a mix that keeps its shape when formed into a ball

Lightly oil a cookie sheet

Ball or shape the patties

Bake until browned

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