Monday, September 29, 2014

Salmon Cakes

Being pregnant is amazing, and super weird at the same time! It's kind of crazy when I stop and think I'm totally growing a person inside of me! One of the early signs or symptoms that I noticed was my increased sense of smell. I could tell when someone sitting a few feet away from me was chewing gum with her mouth closed! Or how about when no one around me could smell the menthol in the icy-hot someone was using about 10 feet away from us at the gym after a workout. I'm telling you, my nose knows! I've also had some unpleasant run-ins with a few foul odors since my new superpower started. I've never had an issue with seafood before, but lately it's been making me gag, which is most unfortunate because I love seafood. And just to prove it to myself that it was just my nose and not my stomach, I made these really great salmon cakes. Interestingly enough, I didn't really notice the smell too much. I guess it's just when I wafts in front of me suddenly, rather than subtly while you're cooking with it. Anyway, wild salmon is a great protein, and I've read it's certainly one to consider consuming at least once a week during my pregnancy. So I began with this little gem! Enjoy!

Salmon Cakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Serves: 3-4

Special Tools:
Medium mixing bowl
Large saute pan

12 oz of canned wild salmon, drained
2 eggs
2 tbsp of coconut flour
1/4 cup of shallot (or your favorite onion)
2 tsp of dijon mustard
2 tsp of creole seasoning (or combine these ingredients to make your own and store the rest for later)
2 tbsp of coconut oil, divided
green onion to garnish

1. Start by adding the two eggs to a medium mixing bowl and beating them.
2. Add the salmon to the bowl and break it apart with a fork.
3. Then add the shallot, coconut flour, mustard, and creole seasoning to the bowl. Get in there with your hands and mix everything together until well incorporated. 
4. Heat your sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil and allow it to melt. 
5. Take half of the mixture and form three or four patties, about 3-inches in diameter.
6. Place them in the pan and allow them to cook on each side for 5-7 minutes on each side, or until both sides are a nice golden brown.
7. Repeat steps 5-6 with the other half of the salmon mixture. 
8. Top with green onion. I served mine with some golden potato mash with grass-fed butter and broccoli. 

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