Salmon & sweet potato patties

GLUTEN-FREE | DAIRY-FREE | PESCETARIAN |NUT-FREE (optional) | 7 INGREDIENTS ONLY | mixing bowl & pan only

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.

INGREDIENTS
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 on a medium heat – 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¬†


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Getting kids to try new foods (from a Mum!) 

Everyone will have a different opinion on this but I recently read an article by Justine Lebrun on the I Quit Sugar website which you can find here.

Whilst I agree with many of the points raised, & like that she is a Mum so has experienced it first hand, every family situation is different.

For the last 2 1/2 years, the Father of my little people lived away from home 5 nights a week. Last year I was working 4 days a week, pregnant, managing a pretty big renovation & part of the time living with my parents. Not to mention having a newborn.

This year he is back in town, leaving home at 430am every morning & returning home somewhere between 6-7pm. With a crazy 7 year old, an even crazier 5 year old & a 3 month old who is still “witching” at dinner time, meals aren’t always the peaceful event you hope for. As a matter of fact, my 7 year old asked me tonight “why is it so quiet?” with the witching baby being jiggled in the Baby Bjorn while I attempted to cut / boil / cook dinner. It’s harder than you think.

Nevertheless, our method with me generally as a “single mum” with 3 kids is: the boys sit up on bar stools & eat their dinner. I generally pick at the vegetables I’ve presented them (that I know they won’t eat), modelling how much I loooooove cauliflower. At the same time I can stack the dishwasher, talk to the kids & keep moving so the baby doesn’t wake. We are a “no screen” household from Sunday evening til Friday afternoon every week, however this year my son in year 2 is going to have to make PowerPoint Presentations so some screen time will have to happen (nooooo!). Both boys also have some online Maths homework.

During the week, they are exhausted from school & I find that if I’m going to try a new meal, Saturday, Sunday or Monday is best. Tuesday-Thursday they are too tired to want to try new things. I’m guessing many families are similar.

Don’t put too much pressure on yourself – there aren’t too many adults who only eat crumbed fish & spaghetti bolognaise. If you’re going to crumb it, use a healthy crumb – my go to is either straight quinoa flakes; or a combination or quinoa flakes, sesame seeds, chia seeds & almond meal – depending on what we have in the pantry.

Make it fun & colourful. Cut the veggies in a different shape – try sweet potato in wedges one night & discs another; make carrot sticks into match sticks one night & noodles another. Cut long thin pieces of cucumber, or thin discs. Use a spiraliser. Make it different every night. Don’t make a fuss over what isn’t eaten.

Most importantly, be realistic with your expectations – I haven’t eaten meat in nearly 20 years but my sons like meat (currently). I don’t like pasta, they love it. I could eat salad & veggies all day, every day, whereas they feel slightly different! I do sneak veggies into their bolognaise (usually grated cauliflower & zucchini) but that’s more of a nutrient than a taste issue for me.
We agree as a family that sweet potato is the best veggie ever & that frozen bananas make the best smoothies. We all love my crumbed fish & cucumbers.
We all love whole fruit.
My 7 year old & I share a mayonnaise addiction whereas the others don’t see the fuss. It’s the same throughout life- we all know someone who hates coriander right? How about anchovies? I love both but there was a time where neither were on the Menu for me.