Posts Tagged ‘avocado’

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STRAWBERRY AVOCADO COCONUT SALAD

September 18, 2013

 Dear One,

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This salad simply epitomises what raw food is all about for me. Not a special diet, not recreating cooked dishes, not complicated soak – sprout – dehydrate operations, just simple, easy and quick salads, using the best ingredients possible, to fuel my body with the very best foods that are available to me.

So although I do enjoy the occasional dehydrated savoury, most of my dinners are actually huge filling and satisfying salads, just like this one.

STRAWBERRY AVOCADO AND COCONUT SALAD

Serves 2 :

about 8 handfuls of wild mixed greens (failing to get wild greens, your next best choice is home-grown, then organic)

a dozen strawberries, halved

1 ripe avocado, halved then sliced into thin wedges

the flesh of about half a mature coconut, cut into chunks or grated to make it more suitable to small children

Mustard dressing :

2 tbsp. toasted pumpkin seed oil *(not raw, but totally addictive) or cold pressed oil of your choice

2 tbsp. macadamia oil (equally addictive) or avocado oil

4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. wholegrain mustard

1 tbsp. pomegranate molasses *(not raw, but complements the sweetness of the strawberries beautifully) or honey

Artfully arrange all the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl or directly into individual plates or bowls. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour it over the salads.

To serve, sprinkle with some freshly ground black pepper and about half a dozen walnuts each, broken.

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AVOCADO AND NORI SALAD

July 30, 2013

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Avocado and nori go so well together : that is what makes avocado sushis so wonderful. Half an avocado with a couple of nori sheets is one of my favourite snacks.

Avocados are sooo nutritious. They are rich in healthy fats and help the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit. Avocados provide good amounts of numerous essential nutrients, including fibre (10g in 150g flesh – about 1 big avocado), potassium, Vitamins C, E, K, B6 and folic acid.

A couple of years ago I actually had avocado and gomasio on rye crisp bread for dinner almost every night for close to 2 months, while refurbishing my kitchen. That is how much I love avocados … 

Add nori, salad greens, sprouts, a dash of olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and you get a delicious lunch.

For 2 :

1 salad

2 avocados, diced

about 10g green nori sprinkles or sheets torn to little pieces

2 large handfuls of sprouts of your choice (alfalfa and broccoli for example)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Mix all ingredients, enjoy.

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AVOCADO CHIPS !!!

December 15, 2012

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This one is really super exciting ! Make avocado chips by coating them in a spiced mixture, and eat them right away or dehydrate them to get the outside crunchy, just like real potato chips …

Serves 2 :

2 ripe but still firm avocados

1 cup almond flour or ground almonds or ground golden flax seeds

2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tbsp chopped mixed fresh herbs (optional)

1/8 tsp crystal salt or sea salt

freshly ground black pepper to taste

Cut the avocados in half and remove the pits, being super careful not to damage the avocado flesh in the process. Cut into quarters, then eights. Carefully peel them.

Mix all the other ingredients together in a bowl. Transfer to a flat bottomed dish and roll the avocado pieces in the spiced coating until they are evenly coated. Serve immediately or dehydrate for a coupe of hours.

Great as a snack or a side dish.

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JAPANESE MULTICOLOURED AVOCADO AND SEA VEGETABLE SALAD

November 14, 2012

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Sea vegetables are a tasty and great source of fibre, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and iodine. Fresh, unique and healthful sea vegetables. Delicious in their raw natural state or heated up. They are known to promote thyroid function (particularly useful for hypothyroid conditions) and are beneficial for skin support and dieting, as they are low in calories.

I use a packet of mixed Sea Vegetables containing a combination of nine different sea vegetables. Some commonly known such as kelp (kombu), wakame, and Hijiki while others not widely available, such as seaweed stems and montagne.

I couple them with green salad, avocado and a yummy Japanese inspired dressing and I get a satisfying and nutritious multi-coloured sea vegetable salad. The flavours in this one really do combine amazingly well.

For 2 seaweed lovers :

1 packet (about 140g) sea vegetable salad

or

25g of dry mixed sea vegetables (swells to about 5 times the volume when soaked)

1 lettuce, shredded to small pieces

avocado, diced

1 tbsp seagreens (optional)

2 tbsp sesame oil

2 tbsp nutritional yeast *(not raw)

1 tsp miso

1 tbsp balsamic vinegar *(not raw)

1 tbsp brown rice vinegar

1 tbsp rice mirin

1 tbsp umeboshi plum seasoning

1 clove garlic

Prepare your sea vegetables. The ones in a packet would be preserved in sea salt, so rinse them out, then soak them for a few minutes, rinse them again and finally drain them. If you are using dry sea vegetables you will need to soak them for at least 20 minutes. You can either use ready-mixed sea vegetables or make your own mix of your favourite ones, mixing the colours. Follow the instructions on the packet of the brand you choose to use. Use fresh sea vegetables if you are lucky enough to have access to some.

Prepare your salad and put it in a bowl. Add the drained seaweed and give it a good toss using your 2 hands or 2 forks. Add the avocado cubes and all the remaining ingredients. Give it another good toss and it is ready.

Enjoy while sipping hot Japanese green tea.

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MICRO GREENS, AVOCADO AND POMEGRANATE SEEDS SALAD

November 9, 2012

 Dear One,

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This is a quick and satisfying lunch that can also serve as an excuse to eat a whole avocado (;-)

Serves 2 :

1 small green salad of your choice (lettuce works well)

2 big handfuls snow pea shoots

2 big handfuls China Rose raddish sprouts

2 avocados

1 pomegranate (What is a pomegranate ? How to open a pomegranate ?)

2 tbsp hemp oil or olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Wash and spin dry your salad. Tear it into tiny bite-size pieces.

Open the pomegranate and reserve the seeds.

Roughly cut the snow pea shoots, as they are likely too long to eat in one go. Dice the avocados.

Put everything in a bowl, add the oil and vinegar and toss gently.

Enjoy

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AVOCADO FOR BREAKFAST

November 8, 2012

 Dear One,

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Avocados sometimes have a bad reputation because of their high content in fats. But avocados are really a wondrous food, and it would be a pity to miss out on all of it’s wonder.

  • FATS : The truth is that avocados are rich in healthy fats, the kind our bodies need. The oleic acid (healthy mono-unsaturated fats) in avocados boost HDL (the good cholesterol), lowering LDL (the bad cholesterol) levels.
  • CAROTENOIDS : Avocados, also known as alligator pears or even simply pears in Africa and in the Caribbeans, have a diverse range of carotenoids such as beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein, but also over half a dozen other lesser known carotenoids. Carotenoids are transformed into high quality vitamin A by the body. Carotenoids / Vitamin A is essential for eye health, enhance the functioning of the immune system and promote healthy functioning of the reproductive system. Since carotenoids are fat soluble, eating avocados optimises their absorption.
  • PROTEIN : Avocados provide all 18 essential amino acids necessary for the body to form a complete protein. Unlike the protein in steak, which is difficult for most people to digest because of the lack of fibre, avocado protein is readily absorbed by the body because avocados are very high in fibre. If you are trying to cut down on animal sources of protein in your diet, or if you are a vegetarian, vegan or raw foodist seeking more protein, avocados are a great nutritional ally to include not merely as an occasional treat, but as a regular part of your diet.
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATION : The combined effect of the deluxe package of nutrients contained in avocados offers powerful anti-inflammatory benefits. Avocado’s  unique combination of Vitamins C and E, carotenoids, selenium, zinc, phytosterols and omega-3 fatty acids helps guard against inflammation.
  • BOOST NUTRIENT INTAKE : Not only are avocados full of beneficial nutrients, they’ll help you absorb fat soluble nutrients from other fruits and vegetables.  Adding avocado to tomato salsa increases lycopene and beta-carotene absorption by at least a double compared to eating the same tomato salsa without avocados.

And they taste wonderful. I totally loooooove avocados. What’s there not to love ?

Until recently, I used to only eat avocado in savoury meals and I wouldn’t think of having them for breakfast, let alone with something sweet. A couple of years ago, I was served a fruit salad with avocado cubes inside ; I was wowed at what a deliciously decadent combination it makes. Since then I have been enjoying avocados at any time of the day. Eating them for breakfast means I have long lasting energy to play all morning.

Give it a try, and you will be pleasantly surprised.

In this recipe I couple avocado with pear (I like to mix avocado with pear – the autumn fruit – as I grew up calling avocados ‘pears’ …), sprouted rye groats, goji berries and bee pollen (not vegan).

For 2 who share the love for avocados :

1 avocado, diced

1 big pear, diced small

1/4 cup sprouted rye groats

2 tbsp goji berries

2 tbsp bee pollen (not vegan)

1 cup raw creamy maca hemp milk or vegan / dairy milk of your choice (optional)

Divide everything between 2 breakfast bowls.

Eat as is, or pour half a cup of nut milk over each bowl.

Enjoy

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AVOCADO AND NORI SALAD

October 27, 2012

 Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Avocado and nori go so well together : that is what makes avocado sushis so wonderful. Half an avocado with a couple of nori sheets is one of my favourite snacks.

Avocados are sooo nutritious. They are rich in healthy fats and help the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit. Avocados provide good amounts of numerous essential nutrients, including fibre (10g in 150g flesh – about 1 big avocado), potassium, Vitamins C, E, K, B6 and folic acid.

A couple of years ago I actually had avocado and gomasio for dinner almost every night for about 2 months, while refurbishing my kitchen. That is how much I love avocados … 

Add nori, salad greens, sprouts a dash of olive oil and apple cider vinegar, and you get a delicious lunch.

For 2 :

1 salad

2 avocados, diced

about 10g green nori sprinkles or sheets torn to little pieces

2 large handfuls of sprouts of your choice (alfalfa and broccoli for example)

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Mix all ingredients, enjoy.

Would you like to use this article on your blog, website or in your newsletter ? You are welcome to do so, as long as you include the following text with it :

© 2012 RAW FOOD ETC Want to look good and feel great by including more RAW FOOD into your diet ? Get FREE healthy raw food recipes, articles and tips from https://rawfoodetc.wordpress.com/ 

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