Simply Healthy Family: Pecan Crusted Sweet Potato-Salmon Cakes and a Give Away!

8.7.11

Pecan Crusted Sweet Potato-Salmon Cakes and a Give Away!




















For those of you who were thinking that you were going to skip right on down to the give away part of this post,  I've got news for you....


You're just not allowed to. Furthermore, you'll be sorry if you do.
Why?  Because I said so. That's why.
 That was said in my sternest 'mommy' voice just so ya know. 


I'm really excited about this recipe and I truly hope you will try making this in your home. It's a keeper. We love salmon here and would eat it every single day if I could afford it. Salmon is so good for you especially if you choose wild and not the farmed a.k.a. "Fresh" or "Atlantic" varieties. When wild salmon isn't in season or if your budget is tight like mine is, canned salmon is a wonderful option. Again, just make sure your choosing wild salmon vs. farmed. How can you tell the difference? It should be labeled farmed somewhere on the packaging. A good rule of thumb is to choose salmon from Alaska or Canada.

You've probably already heard about Omega-3's and how essential they are to your health and well being. Alaskan salmon are a nutritional powerhouse, rich in protein, long chain Omega -3 fatty acids, Vitamin D, calcium, along with many other vitamins and minerals. You’d be hard-pressed to find a food more nutritious than Alaska salmon. Which may be why over 90% of Americans are deficient in Omega fatty acids.







Wild Alaska salmon are some of the richest sources of long-chain Omega-3 fatty acids.
The human body cannot manufacture it’s own omega-3’s, so it is from food that we must obtain them.
Omega-3’s are thought to provide substantial health benefits for people of all ages; providing a nutritional foundation for optimal heart, brain, mental, visual, immune system and pregnancy health.


O.K. onto the recipe because it is pretty awesome spectacular  a culinary piece of genius that should be honored for all of time and I know you're going to want to make it tonight for dinner.
Exaggerate? Who me? Not this time my friends, not this time.

I can't take all of the credit for this perfect dish. Pure Alaska Co. was nice enough to send me some cute recipe cards along with their salmon. One of the recipes was for this Wild Salmon Sweet Potato Cakes which I slightly altered and embellished a bit as I tend to do.  I can say with all honesty that this is the best tasting canned salmon by far that I have ever had, and mamma knows salmon.




Pure Alaska Salmon Co. practices sustainable fishing which is important on more levels than many of you you may be aware of.  I encourage you to visit their website which is informative and actually quite interesting. I really liked this quote found on their website.

"Most of us do not have time to be social activists, but in our food choices we have the ultimate and most powerful “vote”: our dollars — money talks."


O.K., o.k. here's the recipe. Geeesh! Now you can save the recipe and please, please do enter the give away!!! I love sharing the love.





A couple of tips:
  1. Remember not to use Olive oil for frying. It's not meant for high heat and will taste bitter and change the chemical make up making it unhealthy.
  2. I boil my sweet potatoes whole, with the skin ON for about 30 min. This helps retain the nutrients. I then cut the potato and throw it in my blender with the skin ON for added fiber.
  3. Do not discard the skin and bones from the salmon. They are choke full of vitamins and nutrients such as calcium and I SWEAR you will not notice them.
  4. Do not make cakes to big, they will fall apart. Do not cook on to high of heat, they will burn before they cook.











TIME 30 MINUTES        SERVES 6
Ingredients:


1 large sweet potato, roasted or boiled and mashed
3 – 7.5 oz cans Redhead and/or Thinkpink, drained
2-3 tablespoons grape seed oil (good fat, high heat tolerant)
½ cup red pepper, finely diced
½ cup sweet onion, finely diced
¼ cup Italian parsley, chopped fine
2 tsp salt
1/4 teaspoon Jamaican allspice (combination of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg if you don't have)
1 teaspoon Bragg's Organic Sea Kelp Delight seasoning
1 cup whole grain bread crumbs (about 2 pieces of bread)
1 1/2 cups pecans, ground

Garnishes:
Green onions
Parsley
Lemon
Tomatoes
Kale or Baby Spinach



In a large stock pot, boil whole sweet potato with skin on 30-40 minutes till fork tender.
Remove from water and pulse in blender till smooth.
In a food processor (or you're awesome, do all Ninja blender) pulse pecans till finely ground, remove. Pulse bread till ground. {I make my own bread crumbs in batches then freeze in a Mason jar, cheaper and tastier than the store bought stuff}

Heat a skillet on medium heat, then add oil. Saute peppers and onions until browned and softened, about 2 minutes.

Combine sauteed vegetables, drained salmon (including the highly nutritious skin & bone),  parsley, salt and spices. Mix well.

Put bread crumbs and pecans in a shallow dish, sprinkle with a bit of salt. Form cakes in desired size, about ½ inch thick.
Cook in skillet at medium heat 3 to 4 minutes each side, or until well browned.

Serve on top of Raw Kale and with and a squeeze of lemon or lime if desired.



For the Give Away:

Pure Alaskan Salmon Co. is giving away an entire case of their canned salmon to one lucky reader.

To Enter you should leave a comment and please be a subscriber of Simply Healthy Family
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A winner will be chosen randomly on 15th and notified via email (leave a link or email address so I can notify you!)





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48 comments:

  1. Great tips, I too wish salmon were more affordable! We don't eat enought of it. These look wonderful.

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  2. Just found your blog and love it--this looks delicious! :)

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  3. I can't believe I wasn't following you on twitter already...now I am!

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  4. I have never been a fan of canned fish, until I had some good stuff from Whole Foods and I was converted. It really is good option. These look amazing!! Yum, girl!

    I've never heard of that Kelp seasoning. What's that about? I'm intrigued.

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  5. I would love to enter the giveaway, and I LOVE salmon, but I developed a severe allergy about 7 years ago. The recipe looks amazing! For Omega 3, I take Flax Seed. It's the closest I can get using a non-fish/seafood substance.

    I wanted to also compliment you on the tip about boiling your sweet potatoes whole. I love it! I do the same with my regular potatoes, but never thought about the sweet potatoes!

    GREAT post!

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  6. I love wild salmon - I can't even eat farmed anymore...it doesn't taste right!

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  7. Follow you on Twitter!

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  8. Just sent a FB friend request!!!

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I never enter all the giveaways I see...but this one's actually a prize I'd consider awesome!

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  9. I love salmon, and you're right that it can be affordable when you purchase it in the cans. This is what I call a healthy meal. I've added you to my blog's Healthy Cooks Club. Wonderful resource you have here!

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  10. Yum! These sound delicious!

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  11. sa-weeet. show me the salmon baby.

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  12. Great recipe! We love salmon patties with a yogurt dill sauce. I follow you via rss. Thank you!

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  13. I now follow you on Twitter.

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  14. Oh, my family LOVES salmon and its health benefits! I so wish it wasn't so expensive!

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  15. Kristen, canned salmon is an affordable alternative.

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  16. I never ever waste my time OR calories on farmed salmon. Wild-caught all the way! These salmon cakes sound amazing...they are SO bookmarked!

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  17. Ryan just got back from Alaska, and he can't stop talking about how good the fish was there! I can't wait to try these cakes. Thank you for sharing this recipe with me. I hope you are having a blessed week, my friend. Much love!

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  18. This is a perfect side for dinner or meal for lunch. I have never seen sweet potatoes made this way. We are huge salmon lovers.

    Thanks for the tips.

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  20. I subscribe via reader. Thanks for the healthy offer!

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  21. On my google reader- we've already tried (and loved) two recipes so far! My husband would love to get his hands on salmon.

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  22. How did I miss this giveaway! A case of salmon? yes please :)

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  25. I *love* salmon. Thank goodness my husband does too, we don't mind eating it just about all the time :) Fabulous giveaway opportunity, thank you!

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  29. Awesome giveaway, my hubby loves salmon.

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  32. What a fabulous recipe with lovely flavours - and so good for you! It's wonderful you can used canned salmon for it as well. Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch.

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  33. This sounds absolutely delicious. I often make salmon cakes - they are very popular in my household, but I've never tried using sweet potato and I love the idea of the pecan crust. I will definitely be giving this a try.
    Sue xo

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  34. This sounds absolutely delicious. I often make salmon cakes - they are very popular in my household, but I've never tried using sweet potato and I love the idea of the pecan crust. I will definitely be giving this a try.
    Sue xo

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  35. What a fabulous recipe with lovely flavours - and so good for you! It's wonderful you can used canned salmon for it as well. Thank you for sharing it with Let's Do Brunch.

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  36. I follow you on twitter

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  37. Gotcha on Twitter!

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  38. How did I miss this giveaway! A case of salmon? yes please :)

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  39. I subscribe via reader. Thanks for the healthy offer!

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  40. I follow on Google Connect. Bizzy b Bakes,

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  41. This is a perfect side for dinner or meal for lunch. I have never seen sweet potatoes made this way. We are huge salmon lovers.

    Thanks for the tips.

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  42. Oh, my family LOVES salmon and its health benefits! I so wish it wasn't so expensive!

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  43. I love salmon, and you're right that it can be affordable when you purchase it in the cans. This is what I call a healthy meal. I've added you to my blog's Healthy Cooks Club. Wonderful resource you have here!

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