The resolution to try one new recipe a month continues! This time we were overachievers and tried two new recipes. But you’ll have to let me know if the second one really counts once you see how easy it is 😉
We normally save a new recipe for a weekend night when we have more time and can cook together, but April has been a different story. Nate’s sub-I rotation and my traveling have meant we rarely get a full weekend day together. I realized in the middle of last week that if we didn’t get on it, we would miss our resolution for this month! So we made it happen this past Friday when I was able to work from home in the afternoon. Nate got there just in time to help me finish things off, too! It was a pleasant surprise 🙂
Resolutions are good for months like these because they remind me of my goals and help me stay on track. If it weren’t for this resolution, I’d tend to go on autopilot, make what we always have or go out to eat when we are both so busy. But I genuinely WANT to try new recipes and branch out in the kitchen, so having a goal out there helps me stay on track/work toward that goal little by little, no matter how busy life gets. Enough chitchat. Onto the food…
Both recipes this month come from immaeatthat.
Crisp Salmon Cakes
(Adapted from this recipe)
- ~.75 pounds salmon
- 1 cup bread crumbs
- 1 cup chopped asparagus
- 3 tbsp Caesar dressing
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp hot sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper, then bake for 10-15 minutes (until fully cooked) on a foil-lined baking sheet.
- Chop cooked salmon up and let it cool in the refrigerator.
- While salmon cools, saute the chopped asparagus in a skillet on the stove with some butter, salt, and pepper. Saute until it is soft.
- In a bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and seasonings, plus the asparagus and cooled salmon.
- Pack mixture into patties.
- Crisp the patties in a pre-heated skillet on the stove for ~2 minutes each side (use cooking oil as needed).
We served ours with salad and Hawaiian rolls plus some of the leftover asparagus. It was really good! Next time, we will probably use a different vegetable than asparagus in these. It was so chunky it made it difficult for the patties to stay together. More breadcrumbs might help too. These would also be great crumbled over a salad or sandwiched between a bun for a recipes/leftover remix! I personally recommend Caesar dressing with either option, since it brings out the same flavors used in the patties’ seasoning.
For our snack recipe, we tried a spinoff of these oat balls. We always keep a stock of granola bars/Clif bars/protein bars in our pantry, but I know it’s more cost-effective ur own. Plus, these aren’t too sweet, so you can have them for breakfast, snacks, or dessert. I also like the versatility of this recipe and easy cleanup (one bowl – *praise hands*). It’s a great way to use whatever you have on hand for some portable, on-the-go fuel.
Peanut Butter Oat Balls
(Adapted from this recipe)
- 2 cups oats
- .5 cup peanut butter
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Dash of milk as needed
- Desired mix-ins (we used raisins because we had some in our pantry, but you can do chopped candy like she does in the original, or nuts, seeds, coconut, chocolate chips, craisins…the possibilities are endless!)
- Mix everything in one bowl.
- Form into balls/cookies.
- Store in fridge for up to one week.
The longer these sit in the fridge, the firmer they get. But even if they are crumbly, you could use them to top yogurt, ice cream, or even plain milk for a denser bowl of cereal. Enjoy!
What are some new recipes you’ve tried lately and/or old standbys you go to during busy times?
Spring has me ready for some fresh new meals, and I already have my eye on a couple recipes for next month. May is probably (definitely) going to be even busier…graduation(s), our third anniversary, not to mention moving. Life is busy, but life is good 🙂
Psst – A little blog maintenance update. I’ve made all the recipes easier to find by adding a “recipes” category. You can search by category on the toolbar to the right! Also, you can now get to the blog more easily than ever. We have our own domain! This basically means it’s no longer .wordpress.com and is just plain rachandnateblog.com. Yay!