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Idaho's Winning Recipe: Super Stars and Stripes Salmon Patty

“I wanted to use Idaho potatoes, as well as create a recipe using super foods for the brain that helps kids with focus and memory. My mom and I researched the top foods for your brain health. Salmon, found in Idaho's rivers, is one of the best. I came up with an idea to represent the American flag with star-shaped salmon patties and stripes made from vegetables. My parents call me 'The Berry Monster' since I love to pick berries and eat them straight from the vine! Blueberries are also great for the brain. I learned the importance of eating fruits and veggies of all colors.”

Jacob Russell, Age 12, the 2016 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge winner from Idaho

Makes 4 Servings


  • 1 Yukon Gold potato, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil or olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1 shallot, peeled and minced
  • ¼ cup diced red bell pepper
  • ¼ cup diced celery
  • 2 cups cooked, flaked salmon (drained if from a can)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup parsley
  • ¾ cup whole-grain breadcrumbs
  • 1/8 cup wheat germ
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • Cut-up strips of jicama, avocado, and red, yellow, and orange bell peppers
  • Salad dressing of your choice


  • Tzatziki sauce, parsley and lemon wedge, for garnish
  • ½ teaspoon lemon pepper
  • Blackened seasoning
  • Brown rice


  1. In a saucepan filled with water, cook the potato over medium heat for about 8 minutes, or until fork-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a nonstick saucepan, warm 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, shallot, red pepper, and celery and cook about 6 minutes, or until golden brown. Let cool.
  3. In a food processor, combine salmon with eggs, parsley, breadcrumbs, wheat germ, Parmesan, and lemon pepper, if using. Mix together and spoon into a bowl. Wet your hands with water and shape the mixture into 6 patties. (You can cut the patties with a star-shaped cookie cutter.) Sprinkle patties with blackened seasoning, if using.
  4. In a large nonstick skillet, warm the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium heat, and cook patties for 4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and firm to touch. Serve with brown rice, spinach, strips of fresh veggies, salad dressing, and fresh Tzatziki sauce, parsley or lemon juice, if desired.

374 calories 16g fat 28g carbohydrates 28g protein

Jacob likes to serve his salmon patty with brown rice and blueberry smoothies.