Fanatic Fam Friday!

On the menu for dinner tonight:

  • salmon cakes
  • parmesan harvest grain blend “risotto”
  • salad w/ blood orange balsamic vinaigrette

Here we have another Fanatic Mom specialty:  salmon cakes.

Perhaps I should let her take over the bloggie for a while? 😉

  • 2 cans pink salmon, drained & mashed w/ a fork
  • 1/4 cup finely diced onion
  • 1/3 cup finely diced bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumb
  • 2 tblsp vegetable oil
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • fresh lemon juice to serve

Drain the canned salmon and mash up a bit with a fork.  This Whole Foods brand is “Fanatic Mom approved”.

Combine the diced onion, bell pepper and parsley.

Mix all the ingredients together and form into 8 patties.

Cooked over medium-high with the vegetable oil until browned on both sides, about 15 minutes total, flipping in between.

Be careful not to break apart when flipping, these suckers can be kinda fiesty!

Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.  Or ketchup if you’re Fanatic Mom & Dad… listen, I don’t defend it 😛

To go with our salmon cakes I tried out a new-to-me product from Trader Joe’s:

Harvest Grains Blend.

Israeli Couscous, Orzo, Baby Garbanzo Beans, and Red Quinoa. 

How fun is that?!

Cook up some chopped onion (1/4 of a large) and garlic (1 clove) in olive oil (1 tblsp) until soft.

Then add the harvest grain blend – I used 1.5 cups.

Followed by organic chicken stock for flavor, 2 cups to start.

Bring to a boil then simmer for about 10 minutes, covered.

Uncover and add some more chicken stock and continue stirring for another 10 minutes or so, in the same manner that you would make risotto.

I used about 28 oz. chicken stock total.  Plus 3 tblsp parmesan cheese to mixed in at the end to serve.

Creamy and luscious.  I am LOVING this new grain blend!! 🙂

For a veggie we had a simple salad dressed with a vinaigrette made from this fabulous find.

Super sweet and the perfect complement to the salmon cakes and creamy grain blend.

Such a great meal to end the week!

If you haven’t tried canned salmon before, I’d highly recommend it.  Pretty mild when it comes to fish and super easy to cook up.


Happy Friday!


  1. owww- I love the Harvest Grains Blend from TJs! I never thought about making it into a risotto- a fabulous idea. Definitely will be trying it

  2. The salmon cakes look delicious! I just saw Paula Deen making some too. It must be a sign for me to make some! I love the grain blend!

  3. We just tried this harvest grain blend this week, The Wife was unsure at first, but we both loved it.

  4. Stephanie – I hate parsley, do you think basil could be substituted? Does the parsley really add to it? I may make them this week, if I can get Nat to eat them 🙂

  5. This looks WONDERFUL, way to go CookinFanatic Mom! 😉 I will tell you I don’t like salmon unless it’s smoked but the reality is I love Matt’s salmon cakes, these look very different though I think I need to give them a try!
    And that harvest blend?! I think I need to find out how to get my hands on some of that! 😉

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