Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Avocado, Sunflower Sprout and Pepper Salad

Yesterday there was the start of a sale on one of my favourite foods.. avocados!!! Lucky for me they were the really big ones at 4 for $5.oo, so I bought 8 of them. Today I decided to make a scrumptious salad out of 1 of them,, and then there were 7... then my daughter 'found ' one somewhere in by the fireplace, and claimed it. Now there are 6... this is beginning to sound like a math lesson!
I have been wondering HOW it wound up by the fireplace, and how exactly she found it there. Some will forever be a mystery to me.

My girls and I decided to go on an adventure to the library, we walked the 3 km one way and took the bus back home. It took us three hours ! We did get some great books and in one little market I found some Sunflower Sprouts, so I made some lunch when we got back. Just when I was about to serve it, their dad showed up and scooted them away on another adventure. I was not worried about them being hungry, they had been eating lots of fruits and veggies while we were out.
Since the girls went out with their dad, and I got to enjoy the entire dish on my own! yummy!!

Here is what makes this salad so healthy for us...

Sunflower Sprouts: Rich in Chlorophyll, phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, protiens and amino acids!

Peppers: Red, Orange and Yellow peppers

The sunniest tones yield the highest concentration of antioxidant carotenoids. One small red, yellow or orange pepper provides three times the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C—way ahead of citrus. Red peppers stand out as one of the few foods that contain lycopene, a carotenoid which lowers the risk of various cancers, including prostate and cervical cancer. These crimson packages are also packed with beta-carotene, converted to vitamin A in the body and essential for night vision. Nature’s best source of zeaxanthin, a compound known to protect against cataracts and macular degeneration, can be found in orange peppers. * from the website www.thefoodpaper.com

Wakame: A seaweed. All seaweeds are rich in minerals, and can be a very valuable part of our diet.

Avacoado: Rich in B vitamins in addition to Vit. E and Vit. K . Avocados have more potassium than bananas. As well as the highest fibre content of any fruit.

Avocado Sunflower Sprout Wakame Salad

1 Avocado
1/2 Orange Pepper
1/4 cup dry wakame seaweed
2 cups Sunflower Sprouts

1. Soak the dry wakame in 1 cup of water. Let sit for 5 min. ( until you finish preparing rest of salad). Drain and rinse the wakame. Squeeze dry. * if the wakame is in long strips to start, crush it into small peices so it is bite sized in the salad.
2. Slice the avocado in half. Remove the Pit. With one half, slice the peices in long strips, set aside. With the other half, cut into cubes.
3. Dice the Orange Pepper
4. Rinse and dry the Sprouts.
5. To put together. Place the sprouts, pepper, wakame and cubed Avocado in a bowl. Toss gently.
6. Split the Salad into two bowls, and garnish the salads with slices of Avocado.
Serve and Enjoy.

You can also dress this salad with a simple dressing. My favourite all time dressing is this simple Hemp Oil,Lemon Juice and Garlic .

We used to make this dressing with Flax Oil for years and years. We never seemed to tire of it. Then we discovered the beneficial properties of Hemp Seed Oil, and started using that instead. We order it online by the 4 litre size and split it with friends. It is a great value that way. It is better to order it more often, and keep a fresh supply, as this is a cold process oil and has a shorter shelf life than most oils.

Hemp Oil, Lemon Juice and Garlic Dressing

1/2 cup lemon juice sqeezed from fresh lemons ( about 4 lemons)
1/2 cup cold pressed Hemp Oil ( or flax oil or cold pressed extra virgin Olive Oil)
3 or 4 cloves garlic, minced in garlic press.

Add all ingredients to a jar with a lid. Shake together. Serve.

1 comment:

Mary Beth said...

EJ, as always, your photography is great. Love your creativity and the nutritional information you share.
Have fun blogging!