Monday, 15 February 2016

Avocado, Salmon and Palm Heart Boats

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Well, here's a little nutritional powerhouse of a snack. 



Quick to prep, ingredients easy to source and it's pretty damn tasty, too. 

Let's break it down. 

Palm Hearts
A good source of vitamin C, fibre and also vitamin B2, which is thought to help us keep our red blood cells functioning well and leads to greater oxygenation around the body, for healing. More nutritional information on palm hearts can be found at the I Heart Palm website. 

Avocados
Contain vitamin E (for healthy skin), vitamin K, potassium and magnesium, among other things. It's also high in fat which helps you feel full after a meal and could also help us absorb other nutrients better. More info on avocados here

Salmon
Full of heart-healthy omega 3 fats and a great quality source of protein. 

Dill
Although you usually only sprinkle a little bit of dill in your food, its health benefits are not to be pushed aside. It's been credited with protecting against free radicals and carcinogens, is a source of calcium and might even be anti-bacterial, too. Amazing. 

So back to the recipe. 


Palm hearts, which I buy in a can, are the vegetable equivalent of a Cheese String. You just start in one corner and peel strips off, so this can come in useful for salads. You can also just chop the little pale cylinders into chunks. 

This is an easy snack to prepare if you have the salmon and palm hearts mixed up in a bowl in the fridge first. Then you just need to cut open an avocado and spoon the salmon into the centre and eat it with a spoon. 

Avocado, Salmon and Palm Heart Boats
Serves 2, with leftover salmon and palm heart mixture
Ingredients
1 ripe avocado
170g can of salmon
2 palm hearts, pulled apart into string-like strips
2-3 dill sprigs

Method
Slice the avocado in half and remove the stone. 

Drain the can of salmon of its water and empty the contents in a small bowl. Add the palm heart strips and the dill, and mix well so it's well-combined. 

Using a spoon, place the salmon and palm heart mixture into the avocado halves. Serve with a spoon. 

Notes for the recipe
Change it up by adding some chopped coriander leaf if you prefer, instead of the dill. Parsley would be a good option, too. 
Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil if you like. 
Chop up some smoked salmon and stir it into the salmon mixture for a stronger more luxurious smoky flavour. 

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