I am such a lazy nutritionist! I’ve said it before and I will say it again….I LOVE a recipe that I can make using only my blender!
Believe it or not these burgers went straight from my blender and onto the grill with only a quick shaping and pat down with my hands in between.
Wild Caught Alaskan salmon, including chum, sockeye, pink and chinook have been evaluated by the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California as being sustainable salmon runs that are least likely to be contaminated with toxins such as mercury and dioxins and can often be found, reasonably priced, in the freezer section of the grocery store having been flash frozen from caught on the boats. It is a great choice for these burgers as it is packed with omega 3 fatty acids which are the mother load of good nutrition. It is common for 4oz of baked or broiled salmon to contain 2g of omega 3 fatty acids which is more than the average North American ingests over the course of two or three days.
The omega 3’s are the precursor to anti inflammatory factors in the body that help to prevent inflammation in the body, improve the function of each and every one of your cells and the communication between the cells of the body. Not surprisingly omega 3 fatty acids have been linked in clinical trails to better cognitive brain function, a decreased risk of anxiety and depression, a decreased risk of cognitive decline in the elderly and my secret lifeline, a decreased risk of hostility in teenagers. (Take a chill pill teen agro!)
Ladies, the news just gets better. Not only will your teens become sweeter and more respectful! but as omega 3 fatty acids are highly involved in hormone production, you will be less of a b*#ch with them, as increased dietary intake of omega 3 fatty acids have been shown to reduce the likelihood of pre-menstrual syndrome and menstrual cramps. Oh joy!
The omega 3’s are also highly protective of the cardiovascular system having a positive effect on your lipid profile and being linked to a decrease in numerous cardiovascular issues including high blood pressure, stroke and heart attack. If you are getting grief from your doctor about health risks associated with your cardiovascular system then you could do no better than introducing recipes into your diet that contain wild caught salmon twice or even three times a week.
Add the good into your diet and you will squeeze out the bad without restriction or denial. This is easy to do when your food tastes great and this Thai spin on a salmon burger makes eating fish easy and delicious.
I chopped the salmon into chunks and threw it into the blender with the other ingredients and pulsed until I had a roughly chopped, fairly moist mix. I then placed an oiled griddle plate on my barbecue grill and using a large round cookie cutter, placed handfuls of the salmon mix into the cookie cutter mould and pressed them down gently to shape. These burgers could also be baked or broiled on an oiled baking sheet in the over at 400 F.
Go ahead. Blend, shape and enjoy and know that your head, your heart and your teens will thank you……………..
Okay, you will maybe have to skip the thank you from your teens.
- 1lb Wild Caught Alaskan Salmon
- 1 tsp Thai Red Curry paste ( I used Thai Kitchen)
- 1' fresh ginger grated
- 1 tbsp gluten free soy sauce or Tamari
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro finely chopped
- 1 egg lightly beaten
- Add the salmon and all other ingredients to a food processor or blender.
- Pulse until a roughly chopped wet mix is formed.
- Oil a griddle pan and place on a hot barbecue
- Using a large cookie cutter place handfuls of the salmon mix into the mould and press down lightly to form a burger.
- Cook on a medium heat until the burger is cooked through in the centre.
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