I Must Love Me Too

If you have neglected yourself,
make a sincere apology to thee.
Gather the "love-me-not-petals" of your life
and start counting "I-must-love-me-too".
In no time at all you have
a beautiful flower blossom within you. ~ Dodinsky Writings

Sunday, May 1, 2011

South-of-the-Border Salmon Burgers

South-of-the-Border Salmon Burgers

Salmon’s rich meat is perfect for making tasty, well-formed patties. Chili powder, cumin, lime, and cilantro create a Tex-Mex flavor here. For a Greek variation, try chopped fresh oregano, thyme, minced onion, and garlic. For Phase 2, serve the burgers in whole-wheat pitas.

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes

Makes 4 servings

1 pound salmon fillet, skin removed, fish cut into 1" chunks
2 teaspoons plus 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 (8-ounce) head romaine, shredded (4 cups)
1 medium avocado, cubed
2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon cayenne

In a food processor, combine salmon, 2 teaspoons of the sour cream, mustard, chili powder, cumin, 1/8 teaspoon of the salt, and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper; pulse just until mixture comes together, 15 to 20 seconds. Form mixture into 4 patties, about 3/4" thick.

Lightly coat a grill or grill pan with cooking spray and heat to medium-high. Grill patties until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side.

While patties are cooking, in a large bowl combine lettuce, avocado, oil, 1 teaspoon of the lime juice, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt. Season with black pepper to taste.

In a small bowl, whisk together remaining 1/4 cup sour cream, remaining 1 teaspoon lime juice, cilantro, and cayenne.

Divide salad among 4 plates and place a burger alongside. Top each burger with a dollop of cilantro sour cream and serve.

Nutritional information
Per serving:
330 calories
23 g fat (5 g sat)
6 g carbohydrate
25 g protein
3 g fiber
260 mg sodium