In my kitchen, I try to make the right choices for healthy meals and snacks, but as I strive for "perfection" I realize that my efforts are limited by time and knowledge. I've developed a good better, best scale which also includes special treats and those items that will never be found in my house. The special treats include chocolate chip cookies and ice cream. The forbidden items include margarine and store bought eggs. The salmon patties featured in this post are a great example of how to use the good, better, best scale. A good choice would be canned wild salmon, better would be fresh, wild salmon that you cook yourself, best would be going fishing in a salmon stream in the Pacific Northwest (my personal favorite for multiple reasons). The forbidden choice would be processed salmon cakes that you find in the frozen food aisle. Another quick example: good - butter, better - organic butter, best - buy a cow and milk it, and make your own butter. Never in my house - margarine.
Give it a try, one thing at a time, and do your best and as my friend Jane said... without driving yourself crazy.
1 can Alaskan red or pink salmon
1/2 green pepper, finely chopped
1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
1/2 - 1 c. crushed cracker crumbs
salt and pepper to taste
1. Mix salmon, green pepper, onion, eggs, 1/2 cup cracker crumbs, salt and pepper. Add more cracker crumbs, a little at a time, until the mixture starts to stick together.
2. Form mixture into patties and fry in canola oil over medium heat until browned on both sides and heated through.
Note - If you've never tried canned wild salmon, when you make this recipe you'll notice that there are bones with the meat. There is no need to remove the bones, just mix in with the meat. They won't hurt you and are actually good for you.