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Nutritious Salmon Patties for Parent and Baby

Cooking for a party of one can be stressful enough but add a family filled with young kids into the mix and the feat becomes virtually impossible - but not for our friend, Maggie from Warm and Rosy. If you've ever needed help finding a recipe that is nutritious, easy and toddler-friendly, Maggie has you covered. Check out her approach on how to eat healthy for parent and baby!

When it comes to the daunting task of feeding your strong-willed, opinionated toddler or young child, we're a big advocate for feeding him or her the same meal parents or caregivers eat, wherever possible. Of course, this is easier said than done and sometimes downright impossible, but trying to adhere to this general principle is, in my opinion, better for the whole family in the long run. To completely cater to a toddler’s whims or desires when it comes to food is to set yourself up to become a short-order cook for a picky eater. No one wants that – deep down, not even your toddler!

My approach to feeding my daughter, Rose, has included seafood since almost the first month we began feeding her solids, around 6 months. Now, at 17 months, Rose loves seafood – especially salmon, which is on the menu at least once a week in our household. Incorporating salmon into Rose’s diet extends beyond mere taste. Since becoming pregnant and now as a mother, I am keenly aware of the importance of omega-3s in Rose’s diet.

Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that are, by their name, essential for proper bodily function. They are a component of the process of building new cells and promote the development and functioning of the nervous and cardiovascular systems. In addition, omega-3s help the body absorb nutrients, have a strong anti-inflammatory impact and may help prevent cancer and some autoimmune diseases. There is also evidence to suggest that omega-3s may prevent and treat ADHD, depression and other psychological disorders. Omega-3s will even make your toddler obey your every command, potty train her and transform her into a perfect sleeper. Okay, maybe they won’t do that, but honestly, it seems they contribute to all aspects of good health. For a growing child, the importance of omega-3s is therefore paramount. When I began researching omega-3s to ensure I was properly incorporating them into Rose's meals, I learned that they must come from our diet, because our bodies do not make adequate amounts for optimal functioning. I also learned that not all omega-3s are created equal. There are three types of omega-3s – ALA, DHA and EPA. ALA is a short-chain fatty acid and DHA and EPA are long-chain fatty acids. Most of the benefits associated with omega-3s derive from the latter. ALA comes primarily from plant-based sources, such as flax or chia seeds, nuts, leafy greens, and some animal fat. It is a precursor to DHA and EPA, however the conversion rate in our bodies is very low. DHA and EPA are only found in marine sources such as seafood, algae or seaweed. Sprinkling flax seeds on your morning oatmeal is great, but it will not supply you with the more beneficial, long-chain fatty acids your body needs. This is why incorporating seafood into your child’s diet is especially important.

Salmon is a top source of DHA and EPA, particularly wild salmon. Wild salmon is far superior to the farmed variety for its higher levels of omega-3s, not to mention being a more sustainable choice. However, wild salmon isn’t always available or affordable. Enter Wild Planet salmon – a mainstay on our grocery list. I love keeping our pantry stocked with canned wild salmon and sardines, because a delicious meal high in omega-3s and packed with protein is always within reach. Wild Planet products are the best out there when it comes to packaged seafood, particularly when it comes to levels of omega-3s. The salmon is canned fresh upon catch and cooked once in the can to retain optimal nutrition. I have been making a variation of the recipe below since Rose was about 8 months old. It is a delicious way to incorporate salmon and omega-3s into her diet and mine, and a welcome change of pace from the typical salmon fillet we make often. I prepare these patties in the food processor to make the texture more baby and toddler friendly; however, they can easily be prepared in a bowl for a slightly chunkier texture. I like that this recipe is as delicious for adults as it is for toddlers – readily adaptable for any age. These patties are equally at home in miniature size on a highchair tray as they are served on a whole-wheat bun or atop a bed of tangy greens on your own plate. This dish is the perfect example of the type of food I like to serve my family. It is simple, packed with nutrition and delicious. Enjoy!

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Category

Salmon Recipes

Servings

2 adult, 2 child

Ingredients

    Salmon Patty

  • 2 cans (6oz) Wild Planet Sockeye Salmon

  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard

  • 2 Tbsp whole milk Greek yogurt*

  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh herbs, chopped – parsley, dill, chives or a combination are all great here
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs**

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 extra large egg, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, for pan-frying

  • Yogurt Dill Sauce

  • 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt

  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp dijon mustard

  • 1/2 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp dill, finely chopped

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil

  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions

  1. Place all ingredients except egg and olive oil in food processor fitted with an S-blade. Pulse until ingredients are evenly distributed and mixture is starting to come together.

  2. Add egg and pulse until just combined.

  3. Form mixture into two adult size patties (about 3 inches) and 4 child size patties (about 1.5 inches). Refrigerate for about 10 minutes to help patties stay together while cooking.

  4. Meanwhile, make the yogurt dill sauce. Mix ingredients together in a small bowl and set aside.

  5. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place patties in the skillet and cook for 2-3 minutes, until nicely browned. Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Reduce heat, cover pan and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes to cook patties through.

  6. Enjoy! Serve large patties on a whole grain bun, top with avocado and drizzle with yogurt dill sauce. For babies, toddlers and young children, serve small patties with the yogurt dill sauce on the side to encourage dipping. For Rose, I also serve them with diced avocado and a small slice of sprouted grain toast.

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