Flaxseed Crab Cakes: Breakfast for dinner

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I'm not sure why the return to darkness in the early evening has awakened my appetite for a breakfast-for-dinner entry, but here's one with a twist: ground golden flaxseed, in tidy crab cakes you can bake in the toaster oven.

The ground flaxseed is the only "filler," and it lends a slight nuttiness along with a healthy amount of omega-3 fatty acids.

Funny thing is, it doesn't interfere with the crab's flavor. Store the flaxseed in the refrigerator in a zip-top bag.

Serve with roasted red peppers with slivered garlic and olive oil, warmed in the same skillet you used to cook the eggs.

Flaxseed Crab Cakes

2 servings

Adapted from “Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or Less!) Cookbook: 200 Quick and Simple Recipes to Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight and Find Your Path Back to Health,” by William Davis (Rodale, December 2013).

8 ounces lump or jumbo-lump crabmeat

¼ cup ground golden flaxseed meal (see headnote)

1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend (may substitute ½ teaspoon dried oregano plus ½ teaspoon dried basil)

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon kosher salt

3 large eggs

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the toaster oven to 375 F. Line a small baking tray/sheet with aluminum foil.

Use your fingers to pick through the crabmeat, discarding any bits of shell or cartilage. Transfer the crabmeat to a mixing bowl, along with the flaxseed meal, Italian seasoning, oil and salt. Crack 1 of the eggs into the bowl, and stir gently to incorporate.

Form the mixture into 4 crab cakes, each about 3 inches across and ¾ inch thick, arranging them on the baking sheet/tray as you work. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes; the crab cakes should firm up and brown slightly on top.

Meanwhile, melt the butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Swirl to coat, then crack the remaining 2 eggs into the pan. Cook until the whites have set but the yolk is still soft enough to run when poked open with a fork. Remove from the heat.

Place 2 crab cakes close together on each plate. Drape one egg over each. Sprinkle half of the pepper on each egg; serve right away.