Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers {Paleo, Whole30}

Real. Simple. Wholesome. That is the dream shared round the world of tired mamas and papas as they stare blankly into their fridges, trying to muster up some sort of inspiration for what to cook for dinner... and that their crew will actually eat. 

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Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers {Paleo, Whole30}
Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers {Paleo, Whole30}

Well, here is a little real, simple and wholesome dinner inspiration for you....Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers. Perfect finger food for little eaters (finger food always tastes better to kiddos, for some reason) and flavorful enough to keep mature palates happy, these poppers are going to be the perfect dinner to serve up to your selective crowd!

Growing up, I recall people telling me often that "salmon is brain food." I didn't really get it then, but now that I am older, wiser and a bit more of a nutrition nerd than I used to be, I have discovered that old wives tale to actually be true!

Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers {Paleo, Whole30}

You see, the brain is made of fat. Lots of fat. And much of THAT fat is made up of essential fatty acids....something salmon is LOADED with. The Omega-3 essential fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon help to protect those lovely brain cells of ours! They have also been found to improve cognitive function in infants and children! Plus salmon is an amazing source of protein, potassium, and B vitamins. Clearly, salmon is something I want, not only in my diet, but in the diet of my growing 6-year-old daughter! 

Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers {Paleo, Whole30}

While all of that sounds well and good, I am also a busy working mama who has a time crunch when it comes to dinner time! I need easy. I need fast. Which is why I always have a stash of Safe Catch canned fish on hand! It works great as an emergency protein when I am running short on time and/or provisions for dinner! I have been buying Safe Catch's tuna FOR YEARS and its the only tuna on the market that I feed my family! I love that their fish is all caught WILD and that there are no funky additives or preservatives added to the fish! Just simple clean protein that has saved my butt at dinner time more than I care to admit. So when Safe Catch came out with Wild Pink Salmon, I was beyond jazzed and started dreaming up delicious ways to add the quality and convenient salmon to my family's dinner rotation! 

Enter Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers! 

Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers {Paleo, Whole30}

Sweet potatoes usually get a thumbs up from kiddos as a food of choice and the mildly sweet flavor of the potatoes compliments the flavors of Safe Catch's Wild Pink Salmon so beautifully! Loaded with healthy starches, beta-carotene from the sweet potatoes, protein and Omega-3s from the salmon, and easy-peasy to make....these poppers are a parents dream for dinner time!

Disclaimer: Thank you to Safe Catch for sponsoring this post! My promise to you, my readers, is to only promote content and products that I truly believe in and buy myself. All opinions stated in this post are my own.

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Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers {Paleo, Whole30}
Real. Simple. Wholesome. That is the dream shared round the world of tired mamas and papas as they stare blankly into their fridges, trying to muster up some sort of inspiration for what to cook for dinner... and that their crew will actually eat. And that is exactly what Sweet Potato & Salmon Poppers are. Perfect finger food for little eaters and flavorful enough to keep mature palates happy, these poppers are going to be the perfect dinner to serve up to your selective crowd!
Ingredients
  • 2 cans Safe Catch Wild Pink Salmon, drained (I used the one with no added salt)
  • 1/2 cup mashed sweet potato
  • 1/2 teaspoon  sea salt (or to taste)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ cup yellow onion, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons avocado oil, ghee or cooking oil of choice
Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.With clean hands or a spoon, mix the ingredients together until everything is evenly blended.Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.Using a heaping tablespoon or a small cookie scoop, portion out the salmon mixture. Form portions into balls and slightly flatten a bit before adding them to the hot skillet.Cook each side for about 5 minutes or until a crust starts to form and popper firmly holds together.Enjoy warm with your favorite dipping sauce (I love them with ranch dressing) or store cooled leftovers in fridge for up to 4 days.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16 poppers