I rarely use canned products but fresh sardines are hard to come by. Sardines are loaded with nutrients, so it is worth the trade-off!
They are a great source of omega-3 fats, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and selenium. If you do find fresh sardines, they taste delicious grilled!
If eating them straight out of the can is not appealing to you, give this recipe a try.
When I make this for my toddler, I skip the cayenne and add a drizzle of thick, syrupy balsamic vinegar instead. She loves it!
Paleo Sardine Spread
Food processor (I use this one)
1 tablespoon ghee
1⁄2 sweet onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
8 oz canned sardines, drained (find wild-caught sardines here)
1⁄2 cup avocado (about 1 medium avocado)
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1⁄2 tsp lemon zest
1⁄4 tsp cayenne pepper (I use this kind)
cucumber slices for dipping
- Heat ghee in a saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onions until soft, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
- Place onions, garlic, sardines, avocado, lemon juice, lemon zest and cayenne pepper in a food processor and blend until smooth. Serve with cucumber slices for dipping.
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