whole30 and {sweet potato salmon cakes}

since february 1st, i’ve been trying out this whole30 thing. in 20 days, here’s what i’ve experienced:

a horrible “carb-flu” (exhaustion, grumpiness, hunger) for a week followed by…

  • a daily surge of energy
  • elimination of nighttime and sweet cravings
  • a pleasantly full feeling all day
  • better fitting clothes

honestly, it’s been fun to experiment with different recipes and really make sure that each meal counts.

yesterday i found myself desperate for a new lunch idea, and after assessing our pantry and fridge, then browsing blogs for about an hour, i decided to be really brave and try to create my own recipe, although it was based very loosely on this recipe. COCONUT CRUSTED SWEET POTATO SALMON CAKES. with lots of bacon grease. yep, that’s right. hopefully all that grease won’t kill me because it certainly had everything to do with the success of my meal!




1 can salmon (15 oz)

1 baked sweet potato, mashed

2 tsp dijon mustard

1/4-1/2 cup bacon grease (reserve 1-2 tablespoons)

large pinch of salt and pepper

1 egg (an exception in this instance since this recipe was already a bit risky for me)

1/4 cup diced onion

approx. 1/2 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut flakes

1-2 tablespoons ghee

heat your reserved bacon grease (1-2 tablespoons) in a large skillet over medium-high heat. add diced onions, and cook until softened.

mix everything from the salmon to the egg in a medium bowl, then add the onions. form into patties, and coat generously with coconut flakes.

melt ghee over medium heat and cook salmon cakes until cooked through, about 3-4 minutes on each side.

i served mine over a bed of baby kale with grapefruit vinaigrette and sliced avocado and radishes.

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7 thoughts on “whole30 and {sweet potato salmon cakes}

  1. LH says:

    well well well. Just discovered you have this blog. Now I want to try every recipe! I realized I had your (yum) breakfast hash at Becca’s! Please continue to post food stuff. ❤

  2. LH says:

    Also I’m browsing the whole30 site and thinking about trying it….please update at the end of 30 days!

  3. Susan says:

    Good for you! Whole30 is the best! It’s amazing how you’ll feel a whole year later! I’m feeling great and have lost some weigh! Enjoy!!

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  5. Melissa says:

    Wondering how much salmon there is in a can (I have a freshly roasted filet), and how many patties your recipe made (of roughly what size)? Looks great, have everything just about prepped and ready to go to try it!

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