Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Prescription Push Ups & Paleo Chicken Cakes

When life gives you freezer burnt fish, make chicken cakes. 

Yesterday, after I finished this WOD as prescribed!!! (I really didn't expect to make it through all those push ups! My game plan was to do as many rounds as possible with "real" push ups, then drop to my knees.), I had a dinner menu of fish cakes inspired by this recipe, but my fish was freezer burnt.  Instead of completely scrapping my plans, I decided to use chicken instead. 

Paleo Chicken Cakes

3 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded (I pan fried them in olive oil, then food processed)
1/4 yellow onion, finely chopped
1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
1 roasted red bell pepper (from a jar), chopped
6 artichoke hearts, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 eggs, whisked
1 tsp salt
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp basil
1 tbsp oregano
about 1/4 cup coconut flour
coconut oil or olive oil

Combine everything but the coconut flour in a large bowl and mix together.  Add flour gradually, until your mixture will hold together. (I did not use enough and my cakes fell apart.) Form balls of the mixture about the size of baseballs with your hands, then flatten into cakes.  This recipe should make about 6. Heat oil of choice in a skillet and add cakes.  Cook about 3 minutes on each side until crispy brown.

I should totally win a photography award for this one! This was plate #1, my seconds had more crumbles than a cake.

Roasted asparagus and Paleo hollandaise (using this recipe exactly) were my side dishes.  I cut the hollandaise recipe in half because I know it doesn't keep well.

Ummm...I ate the entire bushel of roasted asparagus. Good thing it was $0.99 a bushel and I bought 3!  It was one of those nights I'm glad I live alone, because I didn't have to share my asparagus.

This meal didn't turn out as expected (ie. chicken instead of fish, crumbles instead of cakes), but was delicious none the less.  My leftover chicken cake crumbles will make a great salad topper for lunch today.  I can't wait!

Do you ever improvise in the kitchen, or are you a by the recipe exactly person?
Do you ever eat obscene amounts of vegetables? Often, I roast a bag of broccoli and eat the entire thing in one sitting.


  1. I always eat all the asparagus

    1. Thanks for making me feel better about it. :)

  2. Oh girl--I hear you on the asparagus situation. Sometimes I wish I lived alone so I could eat it all! I also get that way around Kale chips. I begrudge having to share them--it is kinda a problem.

    I am so excited about these chicken cakes because I am allergic to fish. I never thought to use chicken! You = brilliant!!

    1. I haven't made kale chips yet, but it's on my "to do" list. Let me know how your chicken cakes come out if you decide to make them, and if they stay together better than mine.