Things are a bit crazy over here. I found out a few weeks ago that my car is undriveable and basically I was risking my life by continuing to drive it. : o So yea…this isn’t too big of surprise as I have been on and off looking for a new car for the past 2 years. But the cost of paying $1200 bucks to fix my car wasn’t worth it SO new car time it is!! And I ended up finding a new car much quicker than I thought because it was just too PERFECT. Unfortunately, most the cars in this area rust up underneath due to the heavy salt use in Chicago. So It was tough to find a car in my price range that wasn’t rusty which is one of the reasons why the car I found was such a great deal!! I found an 09 Chevy Malibu with only 17,000 miles on it! It was so clean because basically it had been sitting in a garage over the years and in mint condition! And on top of all that awesomeness, the car was blue with auto start installed and basically meant to be mine. Haha So I snagged that baby up after less than 2 weeks of searching. It was just enough time to search and realize what is/isn’t a good deal. It felt like too good of a fit to doubt and question if was the right decision. Bam! Quick decisions for the win!
Making decisions feels good. Taking action feels good. And so does taking the time for cooking healthy meals! It helps me to feel that I am set up for success no matter what!
I am curious. How do you prepare your weekly meals? Do cook every day? What do you typically eat for lunch? I wonder what people like all of you do. What I see most often at my day job is leftovers, frozen dinners, and eating out.
This recipe I am sharing with you today is one of my FAVORITE go-to meals. It requires little thinking and I always have the ingredients on hand so if I am 1. Lazy 2. Have nothing to eat 3. Too tired to think. This happens to me often and I love having something SIMPLE to eat that is SO healing for the body. It’s really a #winwin.
I am working on other variations of this recipe, but so far this is my favorite!
Okay now for the real fun. Recipe time!
Basically, what inspired this recipe was my obsessions with everything fennel and canned fish. I decided to mix the 2 together and make Anti-Inflammatory Salmon Fennel Patties! Seriously I know you will love these! I love when I come up with new recipes that are not only simple, but nutrient packed! I love cooking and trying new foods, but it takes a lot of time and brain energy to do it every night! This is definitely a staple recipe for me now and I make at least once a week!
Superfoods included in this recipe:
1. Fennel – I love the taste of fennel spice. It is different flavor (they I normally use/see) and goes well in these patties. Fennel is also great for digestion and bloating! You may of heard of fennel tea which you can make my letting the seeds sit in hot water for a few minutes.
2. Avocado – Who doesn’t love avocado? Creamy, packed full of healthy fats! I use avocado to help bind the patties together so I don’t have to use eggs or mayo (since I cannot do either). It is just super easy to add and a great source of tasty fat!
3. Salmon – I love salmon because its anti-inflammatory and it helps my skin to glow. Its packed full of omega 3’s which we need more of in our diet because it’s so difficult to get in without being intentional about it.
4. Turmeric – I love adding turmeric in my food because it’s a potent spice. It is well known for its anti-inflammatory qualities and its pretty flavorless. (at least in this recipe) The actual root is more potent but for the simplicity of this recipe I just used the powder. I would definitely challenge you to use the root though if you feel extra motivated!
- 1 can of wild salmon (large can)
- 1 lemon
- 1 ripe avocado
- 2 TBSP fennel seeds
- 1 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp Himalayan sea salt
- 1 egg* (1 flax egg - 1 TBSP ground flax with 3 TBSP water)
- *Note - I suggest an egg only if you want to make patties to hold them together otherwise they DO work without an egg they just might fall apart)
- Open the can of salmon and drain the excess water. Dump into salmon bowl and grab a fork. Slice up avocado and add to the bowl. Add juice of 1 lemon. Mash the mixture with a fork until well combined. Add fennel, turmeric, Himalayan sea salt, and egg. Mix again until well combined.
- Now you can heat this up in the microwave and eat just like a chicken salad if you feeling extra lazy. (canned fish is already cooked) Or you can form into patties and bake in the oven! This recipe makes about 7 patties or more depending how big you want it to be. Form the patties and lay on a baking sheet. Pop in the oven at about 350 degrees and bake for about 12-15 minutes. The patties will be slightly browned on the edges.
- Pair the patties with side of greens, sweet potato toast or even mashed cauliflower! Or eat right out of bowl with the delicious Simple Mills Cheese Crackers or Everything Spice Crackers These 2 are my FAVORITE crackers! Such CLEAN ingredients and they go so great with the salmon!
I love SIMPLE Mills! They make great products that fit perfectly in my eating style and I am excited to try out more of what they have to offer. Seriously everything they make has the BEST ingredients, “plant-powered and nutrient dense” is exactly what they are! They even source their flax seeds from North Dakota! I think what I want to try next is their chocolate chip cookies….and pancake and waffle mix! gosh – I have been dying to find a good pancake recipe that sustains itself without eggs! Avoiding eggs sure makes things tricky sometimes! I did try their chocolate muffins and cake mix with a chia egg and it turned out pretty good! SIDE NOTE: on the side of the box – they provide a recipe for cupcakes and a recipe for muffins….my mind was blown after seeing that. So go buy a box in the store and try it yourself – you won’t regret it!
So let me know if you try out this simple salmon patty recipe! I would love to know and comment below with how you typically prepare your meals for the week ahead!