Fried Salmon with Avocado Sauce

This particular recipe came about the other day when I realized that I still had some avocados in the fridge that had to be used. They were slightly soft when I bought them, and they had gotten pushed to the back of the fridge and almost forgotten. Does that ever happen to you? I seriously hate wasting food, so when I discovered that the avocados were still there, I knew I had to do something!

Salmon was already in the works for dinner, so I decided to make it a little different and figure out a sauce with the avocados. Normally, I coat the salmon in seasoned almond flour before frying it in coconut oil. This time I didn’t coat it at all. After heating the coconut oil, I placed the fresh salmon pieces in the skillet and sprinkled them with salt and pepper. I fried them gently on both sides and then covered the pan and removed it from the heat while I created the avocado sauce.

I totally winged it with this sauce…just created it as I went along. It actually worked! At least Ben and the hubby liked it! It is very similar to the guacamole that I make only smoother.

2 avocados

2 tbsp. sour cream

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 – 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/4 – 1/2 tsp. onion powder

1/4 – 1/2 tsp. ground red pepper

dash of lemon juice

Split the avocados and scoop out the flesh into a food processor. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until very smooth. Adjust seasonings to your own preference for flavor.

This makes enough for 4  medium pieces of salmon.

Suggestion for left overs: spread the avocado sauce on a low-carb wrap in place of mayo. Layer meat,cheese, lettuce and tomato and roll up the wrap for lunch!

Guacamole

If you read my most recent post of earlier this week, you will remember the drama/trauma that my family has been experiencing over the last 10 days.  I think it is safe to say that we are finally over most of it and getting back into a more normal routine.  Barbi had a good doctor appointment on Wednesday. She is now sporting a fiberglass cast, still from hip to toes, but much lighter in weight than the splint was. She got permission to return to work with restrictions. Although she still can’t drive or manage the steps to her apartment, she is able to have more independence than she has previously! She is almost back to normal…a new normal for the next 4-6 weeks.   My A1C made it home on Tuesday night and made it to his base in NC and back again on  Wednesday. He now has a few weeks of leave before he has to report for his first weekend of duty. (He is in the reserves.)

Tonight, my Citadel cadet comes home for the weekend! For the first time in almost 6 months, I will have all my boys together again.  I am very glad that Barbi is able to be back to work, but it would also be nice if she were here too so that all four of my kiddos would be together again. It has been a long time!

Most of my family members like a good guacamole dip to eat with chips.  Normally I would just buy the avocados and a packet or two of the guacamole spices, and then mix it all up.  A few weeks ago, I bought some avocados on sale but forgot the spice packets.  I knew there had to be a recipe someplace to make it from scratch, so after a little searching, I tried this recipe.  I made some substitutions, but the result was wonderful!  Since all the boys are home this weekend, I will probably make it again!

2 large ripe avocados

4 canned, peeled green chili peppers, chopped fine*

1 clove garlic, minced**

2 tbsp. finely chopped cilantro (I omitted this)

3 tbsp. lemon or lime juice

1/4 tsp. black pepper

Salt to taste

Mayonnaise***

Peel and seed the avocados. Mash one in a bowl, and finely chop the other, leaving small chunks. Mix the two with the remaining ingredients. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

*I used some fresh hot peppers from our garden…mincing them in a food processor.

**I have a jar of minced garlic in my fridge, so I used about a tsp. of it instead of fresh garlic.

***I add about 1/2 cup mayonnaise to my mixture.  It not only makes it a smoother mixture, it also stretches it to last a little longer!  My guys love it!