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It’s a pink miracle doused in ketchup!

March 24, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ve been fantasizing about getting some omegas into little B all winter.  He’s been so very itchy (not that rolling around in the dog bed with M helps at all).  He has dairy-related eczema and eats cheese sandwiches almost exclusively.  Well that’s not true, some days he’ll have a cheese quesadilla, and some days a cheeseburger – hold the meat.

I ventured out to the Organic Grocer to try to get some seabuckthorn oil, as I read that it was fantastic for dry and irritated skin – and no nasties.  Unfortunately, the clerk told me that the oil was extremely expensive for topical use.  She suggested that dry skin may be linked with diet, which I of course already suspected.  I’ve been trying to sneak the omegas in via smoothie, which is the one way that I get some good stuff in him.

I had a recipe for salmon-potato patties stashed away forever, so I thought that tonight might just be a good night to try it.  Couldn’t find that recipe, so I found this one on the internet, sans potato, but that’s okay because the potato recipe called for potato “flakes”.  What?

I tweaked it a little, adding garlic – of course! – and served it up Cajun-style (blackened…okay BURNT) but he loved it!  “It tastes like french fries!”, he said as he picked out the green onion.  Note, he did not enjoy the actual french fries that I made, because “they look like potatoes”.  (As for Marshall, he licked 3 servings of ketchup off the plate then threw a french fry at Cooper.)

I think you could really play with this recipe, maybe add in some shredded zucchini or spinach and maybe some quinoa for bulk.  It’s not the healthiest on the planet, what with the frying and all…but since I’m most concerned with beefing up the B (would be nice if he had more than 3 lbs on his brother THREE years younger!), I’m not too concerned.  Also, I just used canned pink salmon.  Easy!  All ingredients are -ish, I used 1 can because there was just the 3 of us tonight.

Salmon Patties


  • 1-2 cans of salmon
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup Panko (Japanese bread crumbs), divided
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped green onions
  • 1-2 minced/pressed garlic cloves
  • spices to taste (we used Costco brand garlic & herbs)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil


  1. In a large bowl, combine salmon, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, 1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs,  onions and spices. Stir until well-combined.
  2. Form into patties.
  3. Place remaining bread crumbs on a plate (add more spices as desired, we used garlic salt). Roll salmon patties in bread crumbs, pressing down lightly to ensure crumbs adhere.
  4. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Place salmon patties in skillet.
  5. Turn heat down to medium. Cook salmon patties until golden brown, flip and cook on the other side until golden brown (about 4-6 minutes on each side).

If your kids are under 5, serve with a generous dollop of ketchup and make sure any hidden veggies are well-chopped!

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