It’s hard to believe summer vacation has come to an end. But even though the school year has officially begun, the hot weather is still very much with us.
Indeed, it’s still summer according to the calendar and we find ourselves continuing to enjoy all of the summer outdoor activities in the evenings and on weekends.
This easy outdoor entertaining menu is perfect for just that. It’s an end of the summer cookout menu that you can also serve at a Labor Day picnic or an early tailgating party. It’s simple and healthful, too, so if you’re motivated, you might even want to whip it up on a school night.
Both salmon and avocados are what we now call super foods because they are filled with high levels of nutrients that are really beneficial.
Salmon is filled with omega-3 fatty acids, the “good fats” that our bodies need to improve cardiovascular function, prevent heart attacks and lower cholesterol levels.
It’s mild in flavor and in texture and is difficult to mess up, unless you grossly overcook it.
True, it tends to be a bit pricey, especially if you get wild or Pacific salmon. But the great thing about making it into burgers is that you can use the less expensive Atlantic salmon and stretch it.
Avocados are great to add to the diet because they are high in monounsaturated fat, which has been found to lower blood cholesterol levels and be protective against certain cardiovascular disease. Avocados are rich in the B vitamins, as well as vitamins K and E, folic acid and potassium.
Their mild nutty flavor makes them really hard to dislike, though it still may be a challenge to get your children to try them for the first time.
These recipes should be appealing to youngsters and adults alike. The Salmon Burgers are very light in texture and packed with flavor without being too overpowering.
The Avocado Aïoli is a lovely spread that will enable you to sneak some avocado into your children’s diets without them even knowing it.
Aïoli, for those unfamiliar with it, is a French word for a garlic mayonnaise. Traditionally, it comes from the Provence region of France and is served with meat and fish, which makes it perfect for salmon burgers. It will also dress up any sandwich and makes a great dip with fresh vegetables.
We paired the burger with a Kid-Friendly Pasta Salad, which is made with fresh cucumbers, grape tomatoes, celery, black olives and spinach. If your children are anything like ours, they may be inclined to pick out the vegetables.
But the vinaigrette dressing is mild, and the water-packed fresh vegetables are crunchy with a mild flavor, so you may have better luck getting them to at least try them.
The salad recipe calls for regular pasta. We recommend using whole wheat or extra fortified pasta to add more fiber or whole grain into your family’s diet.