Salmon & sweet potato patties

I’m all about making life easy, especially for families where it seems multiple meals are often made to address all family requirements.

These salmon & sweet potato patties (better word?) are gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free & can easily be nut-free. They use basic ingredients which I would bet you already have at home.

400g sweet potato

1 medium salmon fillet

Juice & zest of half a lemon 

1 tbspn chia seeds

1 organic egg

OPTIONAL

2 tablespoons finely chopped kale – it doesn’t add much taste, I add it to increase the nutritional value

2 tablespoons thyme – I add herbs to everything but they can be omitted if you feel the taste is too strong for littlies

1 tablespoon sumac – adds a nice citrusy taste (not as sour as lemon) 

CRUST

1/4 cup quinoa flakes

1/4 cup almond meal

If you are nut-free, you can use all quinoa flakes. You could also use a standard breadcrumb if you’re not fussed about gluten. If you don’t have quinoa flakes, you could use all almond meal. 

METHOD

1. Peel sweet potato, cut roughly into 4cm cubes & boil until soft

2. Mash sweet potato, it doesn’t have to be smooth 

3. Pan-fry the salmon fillet, don’t worry if it’s not entirely cooked as it will be cooked again once in the patty

4. Throw the salmon fillet in with the sweet potato & again roughly mash (a fork will be fine)

5. If you’re using thyme &/or kale, you can just use some kitchen scissors & chop it straight into the mixing bowl.

6. Put in juice of half a lemon & zest – this can be omitted 

7. Mix in chia seeds (this helps the mixture bind), then mix in the egg with a fork

8. In a separate bowl, pour in almond meal & quinoa flakes (or whatever ingredients you use for crust)

9. Using your hands, form the mixture into balls then coat in almond meal/quinoa flake mix

10. Put all the patties on a plate & throw in the fridge for at least 1 hour so they set. Any sooner & they may fall apart.

11. Pan-fry in preferred oil – they only need a minute or 2 on each side

MAKES 12 PATTIES – enough for 3 young children 

Serving suggestion: mayonnaise or pesto or even better – mayonnaise mixed with pesto. I’ve popped up the recipes for both – just do a search 


Top low-tox baby products

I am so thrilled every time I hear from a friend who wants to low-tox their home. Although we often decide we want an immediate change, please be mindful of wastage – if you can longer tolerate a product, can you pass it on to a family member or friend rather than throwing it out?

As a family with a 7 year old, 5 year old & 5 month old, I am conscious of not only what they eat, but what goes onto their skin & into their body by other means.

Low-tox baby wipes – Tooshies by Tom are my absolute favourite, with the added bonus of being compostable.

Low-tox baby moisturisers. I use a few different ones – as a side note, I embrace minimalism but a couple were given by friends as gifts so I also use these on myself:

  1. Wotnot baby lotion – contains no sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, caustics, glycols, artificial fragrances or preservatives.
  2. Thank-you baby lotion – contains no SLS, SLES or parabens. Contains avocado oil, rosehip oil, marshmallow & chamomile.
  3. Weleda calendula cream – even the smell makes me feel calm with light notes of lavender, but also a soft sweetness.

Talc-free mineral powder: Little Innoscents. I’ve been using this on my 5 mmonth old since the day she was born & she has never once had nappy rash.

Compostable bamboo toothbrushes. How many toothbrushes does your household throw out each year to contribute directly to landfill? You can buy these in brown paper packaging through Nourished Life.

Toothpaste: Little Innoscents Milky Whites organic toothpaste – I’ve added a photo comparing this toothpaste to a standard supermarket purchased Colgate kids toothpaste. Until recently, I had never read the ingredients of kids toothpaste – perhaps as I regarded it as an “essential” product & wasn’t aware of the alternatives.

Baby bottom cream: Bubba Organics – proudly contain no parabens, petrochemicals, sulphates (SLS), mineral oils, synthetic fragrances or colours. It does contain delicious ingredients including aloe vera juice, olive fruit oil, shea butter , goat milk, lavender & rosemary.

Compostable nappy bags: Wotnot

A few other things to note – it can be a hard balance to choose something sustainable, ethical, local, environmentally friendly & low-tox. Have a logical think before you make your purchases – for example, my baby has been given all hand me down clothes. They are not all from the most ethical producers however I feel that as they have been purchased & already worn by at least 2 children, it would be more sustainable for her to wear them than to buy something new that she will only get a few wears out of before she grows into the next size.