I should have known this was going to be a disaster when I opened a can of salmon and found basically a whole fish staring back at me. NO ONE EVER TOLD ME THERE WERE BONES IN CANNED SALMON!!! And skin!!!! I was sort of disturbed. Anyways, back to dinner. I found this great little recipe for Salmon Croquettes in the new Cooking Light magazine. I love salmon, I love cooking light….I decided to make the plunge! I bought all the ingredients and was really excited tonight to make it. As I was cooking, I was mixing everything in one bowl. I had the miracle whip, the dill, the lemon and then I just dumped all the salmon right in there. Without knowing it had bones. I spent the next 30 minutes picking out every single little bone, getting my hands all messy with miracle whip and salmon juice. Yuck.
So, I formed the patties, went on a run and came back to eat. I cooked them up on my cast iron skillet and had one with couscous (1/4 cup dry) and honey glazed parsnips and carrots. The couscous and the carrot mixture was fabulous…I cooked the veggies with a tsp of butter and a tsp of honey and they caramelized and turned all sweet and soft. The couscous was great too. But the salmon….not so much. Mind you, it wasn’t horrible. I ate it all down, spitting a couple bones I had missed out on my plate. The flavor was really quite good but there’s something about the texture of cooked, canned fish that doesn’t float my boat. I now know why this is sort of a “retro” recipe and why my mother never ever made this when I was little (she hates canned fish patties, too).
Needless to say, I threw the rest away and that really depresses me. I hate tossing food when I’ve worked hard to pay for it and when there’s people going hungry. And now I’m just craving something more because I wasn’t really satisfied with dinner. Sigh. Perhaps dessert will come sooner tonight.
This dinner was about 494 calories (plus 74 more for my 3 ounce glass of red wine)