Archive for July 8th, 2009

Can you believe Ted and I have eaten 20 lbs of fish in less than 2 months?  That’s alotta feesh!

There was no time to run to the store for fresh salmon and the freshest of fish will not be in the area until tomorrow so we settled on a great recipe using Alaskan Red Sockeye Salmon in a 14.75 oz can.  It’s quick and it’s still healthy.  Time yourself..less than 40 minutes.


Sockeye Salmon Bean Mint Rounds

Ingredients to serve 4- 6

  • 1 14.75 oz can Red Sockeye Salmon, drain and crumble
  • 1 15 oz can beans, such as black eyed peas, cannellini, garbanzo, etc.*You should use a white or light colored bean for cosmetic reasons.
  • 3 large spring onions, rough chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, roughly minced
  • 2 tsp Sacla Italia  Sun dried tomato pesto *you can use whatever you want such as mustard, mayo with curry powder, …etc.


  • 1/4 tsp red pepper
  • 3 fresh mint leaves, rough chopped
  • 4 – 6 fresh mint leaves whole – you will use these to garnish the cooked rounds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • panko crumbs seasoned with salt and pepper for dusting (or you can use flour)
  • Olive oil 

Put salmon in a bowl and remove all bones. Crumble. Using an immersion blender or you can use a regular blender, blend together – slightly (I zapped with my immersion blender about 10 times) – the beans, onions, garlic, pesto (or other flavor), red pepper, mint, cumin, Worcestershire sauce. Now add the salmon and blend for another few zaps.  Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.  Blend again, using a spoon,  just until everything is mixed. 

Shape the mix into 6 balls.  


Roll in seasoned panko crumbs or flour, set aside.  Heat the oil in a pan over medium – high heat and when hot, add the balls. Flatten slightly – do not over crowd your pan. 


Let cook about  4 minutes per side. Set on a paper towel lined plate.


Kiwi – Sundried Tomato Pesto Salsa

The salsa is a must with this salmon dish.

  • 1 kiwi, peeled and small dice
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, small dice
  • 2 tsp sundried tomato pesto
  • juice of 1 fresh lime
  • 1 tsp chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1 tsp honey
  • pinch of salt and red pepper

Mix all the above ingredients into a bowl and serve on top of the Salmon Bean Mint rounds.

A wonderfully delicate crisp outside and a moist inside with loads of flavor.

DSC_0022Do you have a favorite way to use canned salmon?  or… do you avoid the canned fish like the plague?  I’d love to know.

Have a great Wednesday night and come back to visit because tomorrow is CEimB Thursday, then I have a Giant Cookie Surprise tomorrow night.


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The animal world that exists at Donna’s house.  Who is Donna? Shane’s doggy sitter.  Donna comes to the house four times a day to feed and play with Shane when Ted and I are away.  He has such a great time with her!  She’s “Auntie Donna” to Shane. 

Donna is the owner of a pet sitting service called “Paws and Claws Pet Sitting”.  She is so reliable and actually becomes part of the family.  Such a great feeling when you go away to know that your pet is so well cared for.  Donna feeds birds, cares for cats, dogs… not sure if there is any creature she wouldn’t take care of. 

Recently, Donna and her husband converted the heifer barn into a chicken house. She intends to raise chickens for farm fresh eggs. No she won’t eat the adults! I asked and the response was “you know me better than that!”.  I do… just testing. 😀  Here are some family photos from Donna…

From Top Left: Smudge the black cat, Peaches so calm looking, Dora the sleeping beauty, and lower left is Flower who is such a gorgeous color!

From Top Left: Smudge the black cat, Peaches so calm looking, Dora the sleeping beauty, and lower left is Flower who is such a gorgeous color!

What about all those chicks?  Well these are new arrivals and Donna identified them by breed: 

….a few colors of Polish, Frizzles, 20 Easter Eggers, Wyandottes., 2 roosters and 42 hens so we’ll have lots of fresh eggs 🙂

Don’t you just love the cute little innocence of the babies?

I think we have some Polish, Bantam, and Easter chicks.

I think we have some Polish, Bantam, and Easter chicks.

Since I’m not a cat person, my question is …would the cat’s really enjoy being in that newly converted barn right now?  Would that be the ultimate play ground for them at this moment?   Shane’s not a cat but I know he would consider it a real good time!

As for Wednesday exercise:  Work the Back and Tricep Day.

  • Again, 4 sets. Same descending repetitions of 20 – 18 – 15 – 12.
  • Wide grip seated pull and one hand tri extensions
  • Close grip seated pull and two hand tri extensions
  • Wide grip lat pull down and wide grip tricep presses
  • Close grip lat pull down and tricep dips off the bench.
  • Finish with a set of 25 crunches.

Pre-workout warm up:  20 minute elliptical

Post–workout with Shane:  48 minute walk/jog around MVCC and Utica streets.

Healthy eats: … ahh…no eggs today, that’s for sure!


1/4 cup Cream of Rice + cinnamon + raisins.  Chocolate Protein shake with raspberries and 1 TBS of Chocolate PB2 Powdered Peanut Butter.  1/2 a large orange. 

Happy Hump Day!

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