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Crab Cake Fail

So, when I started this blog I mentioned I would share my successes and failures with you. Well, last night could be considered a failure. I say “could be” because it was still edible…actually, pretty good. Basically, I bought the wrong main ingredient which as you might guess, changes the entire dish.

I guess I’m a huge embarrassing failure.

I found a recipe for crab cakes which was way too simple to pass up. It was light too, not loaded with mayonnaise so I wanted to give it a try. Here are the exact ingredients for 1-2 servings, I doubled it since they looked pretty tiny.

Crab Cakes

  • 1 pound lump crabmeat
  • 8 saltine crackers
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste

How easy is that? All I needed to buy was the crabmeat and the saltines. Me, trying to stick to a budget (I struggle with this big time) decided to buy imitation crab meat instead of lump crab. I could shred it like lump crab right…? Well, turns out, no, no you can’t.  Anyway, I had all the right ingredients, except the actual crab.

What can I say? I like a good challenge I guess.

I mixed all the ingredients in a bowl…then attempted to form them into patties.

mm fake crab

I have to say, I do enjoy me some imitation crab…

crunched saltines

I actually ended up crushing more than 16 saltines. Since I was dealing with imitation, I thought maybe more crackers would help the patties stick together. Well, I was wrong about that too.

Next, I attempted to pan fry these bad boys. I tried rolling them into patties…which really didn’t work. They would stay for about a second, then fall apart.


Finally, I scrapped that idea. It was just going to end up stir fried imitation crab. I turned the oven on and decided to bake them. I still attempted to mold them into patties (which kind of worked…) then baked them for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

I basically had no idea what I was doing so I checked on them often.

Along with the crab cakes, we had roasted sweet potatoes and a spinach salad. The crab cakes actually turned out pretty good. So, at least I know when it’s actually made correctly, it will taste great!

I definitely recommend this recipe if you have lump crab meat. I usually find crab cakes to be a bit heavy in restaurants, but this recipe was really light. Although it was a total fail on my part, it still tasted pretty good!

Eggtastic Oatmeal

This morning on the other hand, was not a fail! I read about adding egg whites to your oatmeal at Live Laugh Eat and thought it sounded like a great idea. I love eggs…and oatmeal…so together this could be one amazing dish!

I measured out about 1/2 cup oatmeal and added 1 egg white to it. On her site, she recommends 2 egg whites, but I wanted to experiment with 1 first.

I mixed it up then added a cup of nonfat milk. I microwaved the oatmeal for about 2 minutes. It turned out pretty fluffy and yummy looking! Really, no sign of the egg.

I added some pumpkin butter, peanut butter, and half a banana and was good to go!

This tasted great! I couldn’t really taste the egg…maybe a slight hint. Next time, I will definitely try 2 egg whites. I like the idea of the egg since it adds protein to the oatmeal. Overall, a good start to the day!

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