The fishcake is ridiculously reasonable to make and great to feed a big family, kids will love them, your other half, friends coming over for dinner or just to make on a Sunday and have as meals throughout the week. I liked mine for breakfast on a bed of fresh watercress and topped with a poached egg.
This recipe of mine made 10 good sized fishcake patties. It will cost under 50cents/fishcake. I used wild caught Canadian salmon which was tinned and is sustainably sourced from Olive Green Organics good fish range, it is available at most health food shops as well as Bulk Wholefoods. But you can also use tin mackerel for this recipe or sardines are your healthy options. I am a big supporter and ambassador to sustainable fishing with the Marine Steward Council in Australia. Check out their list here of sustainably caught tinned salmon.
Read at the end my thoughts on farmed salmon in Australia. The organic potatoes and leeks were from the local farmers markets.
Why is it good for you:
Wild caught Atlantic salmon is a good source of omega 3, which is the long chain fatty acids, essential for boosting immunity and reducing inflammation on the body. It is also a great source of protein which will help your body, repair, replenish and protect.
Potatoes are readily available and highly nutritious and although get a bad wrap. If prepared in the right way (i.e. not salty chips) They are surprisingly low in kJ’s, provide a good source of fibre (if skins are left on) vitamin B6 (metabolism) and C (immunity) as well as magnesium (sleep)
Leeks are so great for you, they are closely related to the onion family as well as the distant cousins to the asparagus. They contain the phytochemical kaempferol which will help protect the body from oxidative stress by acting as an antioxidant. As well as provide fibre, also a source of vitamin A and C.
If I do eat salmon I actually stay away from farmed Atlantic salmon from Tasmania. Atlantic salmon are migrators, they venture through the salt waters of the cool Northern hemisphere ocean to where they lay their eggs in the fresh waters of Scotland, Alaska and Canada. Tasmanian fish farms have exploited the Atlantic salmon, by breeding it in Tasmanian waters where they do not have there regular migratory pattern. The fish are in such close proximity to one another, disease is rife, they are pumped full of hormones, pesticides and skin is dyed pink. In some cases fed man-made canola that is loaded with a strain of omega 3, not necessarily the original strain of Omega 3 naturally found in wild caught Atlantic salmon. Read this article to find out more. So when buying salmon, go for wild caught atlantic, Canadian or Alaskan salmon and no farmed.
Enjoy this number, its dead simple to make and can be had for breakfast, lunch or dinner.