Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Mediterranean Diet: Salmon Cakes and Roasted Brussel Sprouts

Last week I shared with you that we were going to start implementing the Mediterranean Diet in our house. So far we are finding this to be really easy and have enjoyed trying out some new recipes. Devin has been making a less healthy version of these salmon cakes for years, so I asked him to try to find a more "Mediterranean Diet" type way of making them. Luckily he was up to the challenge and the only effort I had to put into this was making the brussel sprouts and being the official taste tester.  #mykindofmeal

Mediterranean Diet

Salmon Cakes Recipe:
-1/2 pound of salmon
- juice of one lemon
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp mustard (preferably a dijon)
- 1/4 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
-2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- pinch of salt
-pinch of pepper

1. Begin by heating 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium high heat. Sear salmon 3 minutes on each side, cooked to about medium rare.
2. Remove from heat. Allow to cool enough to handle. 
3. Chop salmon and put into large mixing bowl with Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, mustard, garlic, salt and pepper. Using hands, knead the ingredients together. Slowly add in bread crumbs, followed by egg yolks and continue to knead. Then form to make patties/cakes. 
4. Add 1 tbsp of olive oil to pan over medium high heat. Cook salmon cakes 5-7 minutes per side, to desired doneness. 
Mediterranean Diet
Mediterranean Diet

Brussel Sprouts Recipe:
-1 bag of brussel sprouts
- 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- a pinch of salt
- a pinch of pepper
- 1.5 tbsp balsamic glaze

1. Preheat oven to 375. Wash brussel sprouts and cut bottom portion off. Remove the outer few leaves and discard. Slice brussel sprouts in half lengthwise and put in a medium sized bowl. 
2. Drizzle EVOO, salt and pepper on brussel sprouts and gently toss. 
3. Spread brussel sprouts on sheet pan (lined with foil for easy clean up). Drizzle balsamic vinegar over sprouts. 
4. Roast in oven for 30 minutes, stirring every now and again. 

There you have it. It turns out our first "Mediterranean Diet" recipe was something we've been making all along, we just needed to tweak it a little. This diet may be easier than we thought. 😉