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Salmon with Toasted Avocado and Sesame

I love Scottish salmon when it melts like butter in your mouth. I especially love it with a little spice and some soya sauce. In this recipe, I’m going to add some sautéed leeks and peppers along with a complete experiment; some avocado, which I always find too slimy and tasteless in salads. The avocado, I’ll part-fry part-grill once it’s been covered in sesame seeds.

First put a splash of olive oil in a frying pan and add some shredded leek and some chunky yellow and red peppers. Sauté for about ten minutes.

Next, get your salmon on the heat. I do mine on a skillet so I can grill off. Add some Cajun spice and soya to the salmon. Fry for ten minutes, not too hot, and then grill with more soya for five more.

Peel your avocados and quarter. Then roll and cover in sesame seeds. Add a little sea salt here.
After your ten minutes with the leeks, remove from the frying pan and put in the oven.

Shallow fry the avocados in olive oil in the same frying pan. I hate washing up and it helps with the flavour. Turn gently until almost brown and then put under the grill for five minutes.

Take out the salmon and the avocados and serve with the leeks and peppers.

Verdict . 10/10 from the family. Two new conversions to avocado and an idea that the avocado would be great as it is here served with vanilla ice cream as a Thai type dessert.

The lowdown on avocado – I was amazed at the amount of benefits. See below…

Prostate Cancer Prevention
Avocados have been shown to inhibit the growth of prostate cancer.

Oral Cancer Defense
Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous and cancerous oral cancer cells and destroy them without harming healthy cells.

Breast Cancer Protection
Avocado, like olive oil, is high in oleic acid, which has been shown to prevent breast cancer in numerous studies.

Eye Health
Avocados have more of the carotenoid lutein than any other commonly consumed fruit. Lutein protects against macular degeneration and cataracts, two disabling age-related eye diseases.

Lower Cholesterol
Avocados are high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. In one study, 45 volunteers experienced an average drop in cholesterol of 17% after eating avocados for only one week.

Heart Health
One cup of avocado has 23% of the recommended daily value of folate. Studies show that people who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower incidence of heart disease than those who don’t. The vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and glutathione in avocado are also great for your heart.

Stroke Prevention
The high levels of folate in avocado are also protective against strokes. People who eat diets rich in folate have a much lower risk of stroke than those who don’t.

Better Nutrient Absorption Research has found that certain nutrients are absorbed better when eaten with avocado. In one study, when participants ate a salad containing avocados, they absorbed five times the amount of carotenoids (a group of nutrients that includes lycopene and beta carotene) than those who didn’t include avocados.

Glutathione Source
Avocados are an excellent source of glutathione, an important antioxidant that researchers say is important in preventing aging, cancer, and heart disease.

Vitamin E
Avocados are the best fruit source of vitamin E, an essential vitamin that protects against many diseases and helps maintains overall health.
(ref: healthdiaries.com)
Avocados do get a bad press for having high fat content, about 85%, but it’s good fat which has its own benefits.

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