Sunday, November 10, 2013

Meal Plan Monday: Salmon Patties

A few of the Catholic mommy bloggers that I read talk about celebrating the feast days of the saints. Some people do this in very elaborate ways with crafts and creative meals. But others do it in a much more realistic way for our lifestyle. I particularly liked this blog post by Kendra about how they have gradually become more liturgical over time.  A couple things she mentioned that I want to start putting into practice:

First, celebrate three special days for each child - their birthday, baptism day, and feast day of the saint they are named for.  Thanks to Google calendar and my mother, I was able to figure out each of my kids baptism days!

Second, celebrate other feast days by simply making a meal that fits the culture where that particular saint lived and then talk about the saint over dinner.  Thanks to this website, I was able to import all the feast days right into my Google calendar.  They even have a link to information about the saint!  And since I already meal plan in advance, I think this is a realistic way for us to celebrate the saints!

So this week's meal plan included St. Martin of Tours on Monday and St. Josaphat on Tuesday.  Since St. Martin spent a decent amount of his life in France, we have the croissants.  St Josaphat is from Ukraine, which made us think of sausage, which made John really want his favorite sausage pasta!  Clearly our links between saints and food are rather weak, but at least it is a start!

Monday: Chicken Noodle Soup with Croissants
Tuesday: Sausage Pasta
Wednesday: Leftovers
Thursday: Baked Potatoes
Friday: Salmon Patties

This week I am sharing my recipe for Salmon Patties, which is modified from the recipe for salmon burgers that is on the back of the can of salmon.

Ingredients:
1 can pink salmon
1 cup bread crumbs*
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
2 eggs*
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon parsley flakes

Directions:
1. Open your can of salmon and clean the fish. You need to remove and discard the skin and bones.  Then crumble the meat into a mixing bowl
2.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a fork or your hands
3. Shape into 4 to 6 patties
4.  Spray skillet with cooking spray* and cook patties over medium heat.  Flip half way through cooking.
5.  Serve with ketchup or tartar sauce

* If you like more of a salmon flavor, reduce the bread crumbs to 1/2 cup and only use 1 egg
**For added flavor and crispiness, use 2 Tablespoons of butter or oil to cook in

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