Avocado & smoked salmon spelt spaghetti

Avocado & smoked salmon spelt spaghetti

Fiber can lower blood sugar, cut cholesterol, and may even prevent colon cancer and help you avoid hemorrhoids. If it were a drug, the world would be clamoring for it. But few people are getting enough. Women should get about 25 grams a day and men at least 35 to 40, but the average person gets just 15 grams a day. Eating fiber-rich whole foods—not foods that tout “added fiber”—is the best way to increase your fiber intake. So if doctor has recommended you food with more fiber, then this spelt pasta should be in your diet.  After cooking it the way it is suggested below, complete it with smoked salmon and avocado tossed with lemon and parsley. BUT don`t forget that a sprig of parsley can provide much more than a decoration on your plate. Parsley contains two types of unusual components that provide unique health benefits. The first type is volatile oil components—including myristicin, limonene, eugenol, and alpha-thujene. The second type is flavonoids—including apiin, apigenin, crisoeriol, and luteolin. Now that you are aware of  nutrition benefits you get from this simple, delicious and healthy dish, you may continue with the cooking accrding to this recipe.

Ingredients

1 ripe avocado, stoned and peeled

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 garlic clove

1 small bunch parsley

1 lemon

100g smoked salmon trimmings, sliced into strips

Cooking method

Put the spaghetti in boiling salted water following pack instructions. Meanwhile, put the avocado in a food processor along with the oil, garlic, half the parsley, a good squeeze of lemon and a large pinch of seasoning.

When the pasta is cooked, reserve 100ml of the cooking water and drain. Toss the avocado sauce through the pasta with the salmon and the reserved cooking water. Season with lots of black pepper and another squeeze of lemon, to taste. Chop the remaining parsley and stir through to serve.

Recipe source: BBC Good Food

 

Tips about how to select & store parsley

Whenever possible, choose fresh  over the dried form of the herb since it is superior in flavor.

The fresh herb should be kept in the refrigerator in a plastic bag.

If the parsley is slightly wilted, either sprinkle it lightly with some water or wash it without completely drying it before storing in the refrigerator.

If you have excess flat leaf parsley, you can easily dry it by laying it out in a single layer on a clean kitchen cloth.

Once dried, it should be kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place.

Curly leaf parsley is best preserved by freezing, as opposed to drying.

Although it will retain most of its flavor, it has a tendency to lose its crispness, so it is best used in recipes without first thawing.

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