^I'd ditch the crumbs and cook it in olive oil rather than butter. It'd still be pretty fatty, but healthier, and served with something light like roasted veggies or a salad and some white fish it would be delicious!
If you really want to go healthy, butter should be an occasional treat. If you must use a fat to cook in, as opposed to baking or roasting, olive oil is a much healthier choice.
There's a similar Ojibwe dish my mom makes. It's basically the same thing but with grated zucchini and carrot in the parsnip cakes and then grilled in olive oil.
That sounds gooooood.
I bet grated yams would work nicely as well.
That would be tasty! You could do a sweet version with sweet potato and raisins or dried cranberry. You could even use crushed almonds instead of the bread crumbs the original recipe suggests. Man, that would be tasty. I'd probably bake that instead of fry it, though, because it could get a bit heavy.
Also, shiitake mushroom would be a nice addition. There are a lot of American indian foods like that. Sometimes my mom would make fish cakes. It's a great way to use extra fish. Just do the parsnip/zucchini/carrot cakes and flake the leftover fish into the mix.