Cooking Almond Crusted Salmon with Avocado Sauce for My Grandparents -My Life as a Carer
We’re sharing a simple, nutritious recipe we’ve recently discovered and learned how to make because it’s a super tasty, brain-healthy meal for us and those we care for.
By Kyle Wilson | March 2023
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To make this almond crusted salmon recipe on a budget, follow the guide below. Let’s get cooking!
MAKING THE ALMOND CRUST:
Simply place the below ingredients into a food processor and blend well:
- 1 cup of finely grounded almonds or almond flour – https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/312559582
- 1 tablespoon of parsley – https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/256146844
- 1 tablespoon of lemon juice – https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/250428970
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt – https://groceries.asda.com/product/salt-pepper/asda-sea-salt-refill/910001652240
- 1 teaspoon of pepper – https://groceries.asda.com/product/salt-pepper/asda-ground-black-pepper/37007
- 2 tablespoons of organic, cold-pressed coconut oil – https://groceries.asda.com/product/coconut-seed-nut-oil/asda-extra-virgin-coconut-oil/910002522078
MAKING THE AVOCADO LIME DRESSING:
Simply place the below ingredients into a food processor and blend well:
1 clove garlic, peeled – https://groceries.asda.com/product/garlic-ginger/asda-fragrant-bold-garlic-45-mm/910003082285
about half a jalapeno – https://groceries.asda.com/product/nachos-dips/asda-mexican-style-jalapenos/910001701009
Quarter cup of plain yogurt. We used Alpro Plain yogurt – https://groceries.asda.com/product/dairy-free-yogurts-desserts/alpro-plain-soya-yogurt-alternative/910000297653
Juice of half a lime – https://www.tesco.com/groceries/en-GB/products/253560634
Quarter cup of Organic, cold-pressed, extra-virgin olive oil – https://groceries.asda.com/product/olive-oil/asda-organic-extra-virgin-olive-oil/910002843474
Quarter teaspoon salt
Quarter teaspoon pepper
Half teaspoon of cumin – https://groceries.asda.com/product/spices/asda-ground-cumin/414513
PREPARING THE SALMON:
1) Add coconut oil to a pan and let warm
2) Take the skin off the salmon
3) Add skinless salmon fillets to the pan and cook each side on medium heat for five minutes
1) Serve the salmon on a bed of spinach for a more nutritious meal
2) Serve the salmon with Broccoli and mashed sweet/white potatoes. Add a drop of butter to the broccoli and potatoes to taste.
Inspired by DrAxe.com
Almond Crusted Salmon article – https://draxe.com/recipes/almond-crusted-salmon/
Avocado and lime dressing article – https://draxe.com/recipes/creamy-avocado-cilantro-lime-dressing/
Check out the links below:
- Watch the Tedx talk that inspired our video – https://youtu.be/f0WCb23KPEw
- Discover your local chemical free farm: Taybank Growers Cooperative – https://www.taybankgrowerscoop.com/
- Discover your local community food strategy and get involved.
Get familiar with the mental health & wellbeing resources on the Perth & Kinross council website – https://www.pkc.gov.uk/article/20587/Mental-health-and-wellbeing-resources
CareBlair created ScotsVote UK to help the young and young at heart learn how to register to vote and participate in elections as informed voters.
Use this page on ScotsVote UK to discover and connect with your local councillors across the twelve wards that make up Perth and Kinross council.
Some research papers that have inspired us:
- Stanford Centre on Longevity (America) source: https://news.stanford.edu/2016/02/11/longevity-sightlines-project-021116/
- Alzheimers Drug Trials: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5866992/
- Dementia. Is it preventable? – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7346354/
- Read the article that reports on dietary carbohydrate, insulin resistance and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27582035/
- Read the article that reports on the Mediterranean diet, micronutrients and macronutrients, and MRI measures of cortical thickness and the affects of these in elderly people – https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27461490/
Did you know that 1 in 5 Brits — more than 10 million people – are unpaid caregivers? Almost 1 million of these unpaid carers live in Scotland.
Unpaid carers in the UK save the state over £130 billion every single year – enough to fund the entire NHS.
And that number includes us.
For the modern caregiver, life is fundamentally different from our non-caregiving peers. It requires a different kind of planning, patience, and care and we live in a world that is continuously adapting to include the full spectrum of human ability, from children and adults who have autism, dyslexia, downs-syndrome, ADDHD, and a whole host of intellectual and physical differences.
And we’re doing the same to engage and adapt with and to the minds and bodies of those who are aging into differently able seniors and elderly adults who have dementia, alzheimers, Parkinson’s, diabetes, visual and hearing impairments, cardiovascular disease, and more.
Even as the years pass by, we can still feel like we’re on a journey of discovery; learning and applying in our own lives as carers the knowledge we’ve gathered around nutrition, health, fitness, and balance in life.
Discover your communities local food strategy and how you can get involved!
Whether we realise it or not, advocating for the dietary and lifestyle needs of those we care for is one of the most important (but often overlooked/underappreciated) and impactful choices we make as a caregiver.
When we take on a caring role, no matter how small, we naturally become more sensitive to the impacts, both positive and negative, of the role diet and lifestyle play in shaping and sustaining the health of those in our care.
As we learn more about the food we choose to eat and share with others, we’re becoming more knowledgable and better able to share this information with others in our community to help other carers like us to mediate the risk for those they care for from developing (or controlling) Diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and even neurological diseases such as Alzheimers, Dementia, and more.
The longer we’re in our caring role, however, the more we begin to notice the need to find time for ourselves to care for our own physical and mental needs. This too is a learning curve, it’s not always obvious when we’re knee deep in fulfilling the needs of others.
As a caregiver, we’re constantly reminded by friends, family, and the wider community to look after ourselves, stay fit, eat a healthy diet, and take regular breaks away from our caring role to recharge our batteries.
Since August 2022, Kyle has been able to spend some of his free time collaborating with one of his local market gardens, Taybank Growers Cooperative, to learn and discover more about their cooperative approach to farming and their chemical-free practice of growing fruit and vegetables in healthy, nutritious soil for the benefit of their neigbours and surrounding communities.
To them, healthy food is not about data and statistics, its about having a good heart and actively helping others to sustain a good quality of life.
And until next time, remember, sharing is caring.
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