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Salmon Avocado Burger

Salmon Avocado Burger

As some of you know from reading, I have Annie on a rotation diet due to her numerous food allergies. I have been dying for her to eat something different, so I hopped on google in search of a gluten-free recipe for salmon burgers that I thought Annie would eat. Above is the picture that lured me in… they looked so good I could almost taste them. Here’s the recipe:

  • Two 6oz cans (BPA free) of wild caught sockeye Alaskan salmon
  • 1 whole, ripe avocado (you can substitute a cooked sweet potato)
  • 1 teaspoon of Old Bay seasoning (more if you really like the taste)
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut flour (or almond flour)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of dried dill (or fresh dill if you’re an ambitious chef like Leah)
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped green onion (I didn’t have this so I used 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder)
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped celery (I didn’t have this so I used 1/4 teaspoon of celery salt)
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley (that’s right, I didn’t have this either so I used 1/2 teaspoon of dried parsley)
  • 2 cloves of garlic finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil (for frying)

Place the chopped veggies/herbs, avocado, seasoning, salmon, and coconut flour into a bowl and mix. Add 3 tablespoons coconut milk and mix again. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Divide mixture into 6 burgers and put them on a plate and chill in the fridge for about an hour.

To cook, heat coconut oil in skillet over med heat. When the oil is hot, add burgers (don’t overcrowd the pan). Fry 4-5 minutes per side, flipping only once (make sure first side is crispy and golden brown before flipping).

Unfortunately, this method did not work for me. I think it’s because I cook in pans made of enamel coated cast iron (which are a real pain and very sticky but supposedly healthier to cook in than aluminum, stainless steel, or teflon). Anyway – here is what my fried salmon burger looked like.

Scrambled Avocado Salmon

Scrambled Avocado Salmon

As you can see, it has an unappetizing green tint to it – I think this is because I didn’t follow directions. I mushed the avocado instead of just chopping it. My creation started off as a burger, but as I went to flip it, it turned into what I affectionately named “Scrambled Avocado Salmon.”

Luckily, Annie’s reaction to the salmon fiasco was “mmmm, mmm, mmm!” She happily ate it but I was repulsed by the look of it. I decided to try cooking the rest of the burgers in the oven. I heated my oven to 400 degrees and cooked my remaining 5 burgers for 30 minutes (cook the burgers until they look brown and crispy on the outside). Here’s what they looked like… not beautiful like the recipe picture, but good enough that I would serve them to my family and friends.

oven salmon


Author: A Ventography!

A Ventography is about: 1. Encouraging and empathizing with other parents on the autism spectrum. 2. Recycling and simplifying information on the latest autism news and health and diet tips. 3. Asking thought provoking questions designed to make us rethink what we've been told about autism. 4. Helping connect the dots that show, in some cases, autism is more than a brain disorder. 5. Challenging parents to rethink what they've been told, refuse the status quo, and escape the whirlwind of confusion.


  1. Could part of the Autism picture be caused by TOO HEAVY a load of toxins in the body and TOO LITTLE FIBER in the diet to remove the toxins from the digestive system after the liver has removed them from the body?

    No one in the health community today seems to stress the importance of fiber in a TOXIC world and its crucial role in toxin removal.

    The importance of fiber to the liver – cannot be overstated. When your liver wants to get rid of a toxin, it dumps it into the digestive tract. If there is enough fiber around, this toxin is taken out of your body with your next bowel movement; if not, these toxins will be reabsorbed into the blood stream and the liver has to deal with them again … and again … and again …

    Water is important when increasing fiber … both should be increased for optimum effect (unless one is drinking water in great degree already … which is also not common in todays world.


  2. Hi Molly …

    Since this is a web page about Salmon … I’ll start my second post here with a fish related topic…

    Have you tried giving Annie Cod Liver Oil? Many have seen improvements with their children when they include that in the diet regularly.

    This one has the best taste so if you haven’t tried it … Annie might like it …
    Carlson For Kids Cod Liver Oil Bubble Gum Flavor…

    … it is not a strong taste so you should be able to add it to other foods without her noticing it.

    You asked if I had a child with a learning disability or my background with autism …

    I have no children of my own. But I’ve done volunteer work with autistic and other learning and physical disabled children. Ever since I was in jr high all the parents said I was a natural with them … but I never considered it as a career. I went to college for art and advertising and web site design.

    But due to different circumstances in life I have to make a career change. I am in the process of switching out of the computer design field … and since I’ve always interacted well with learning disable children I thought … maybe this is God’s way of redirecting me into a field that I bypassed when younger that maybe I was supposed to go into.

    On the topic of trying Horseback Riding Therapy again with your autistic daughter Annie … Here is a link to the organization that oversees the training and membership of the instructors. ..
    P.A.T.H. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship)…


    The RIGHT instructor for you does NOT HAVE to be a member … they may have had natural talents for interacting with learning disapled children and have evolved into specializing in that without the training … but most stables that offer riding classes for autism are members of PATH … so it is a good place to start your search for stables in your area.

    The one you went to before may be fine for Annie now … but you may find that a different place has a different approach and it is a better fit for Annie.

    I suggest you view a class first at each riding school you are considering before you choose. And if you can ask to view a beginner class with autistic children in it … it will help you decide better than a class that isn’t a beginner class.

    Although there is basic training that they all go through there will always be slightly different approaches at different facilities and even the different teachers within the facility. An extra 10 minute drive might make a big difference in getting an instructor that is right for your daughter. You may even find a better one closer to home than the original one …but… you didn’t even know they existed until you visited PATH’s website.

    One facility may spend a little less time actually riding and a little more time having the students interact with the horse in other ways. Sometimes for a beginner that is a better approach in the long run. There are many benefits from being with the horses not just the actual riding. As you view more than one horse riding facility you will see if one seems to approach the classes in a way that might bring more from Annie’s experience.

    You are looking for the instructor that reaches the autistic students best … it is really not about making them into great horse back riders … especially at the beginning. (Although some at the end of years of training are as good as any non-autistic riders … and could compete in non-special olympics competitions).

    Whenever working with learning disabled I like to “MEET THEM HALFWAY” (a Partridge Family song reference… that I think puts the method into a few words) …this song reminds me whenever I am working with autistic children that the best way (I think) to get them to do new activities is to see what they are doing ‘wrong’ and find a way to use THAT activity to bring them around to doing what you WANT them to do.

    For Example … lets say I am working with a child using music. And the goal is to get her to bang on a drum with a drumstick in a rhythm similar to my own. And no one has had any luck before me in achieving that because she is very low functioning and cannot talk. And … when I give her the drum all she will do is repeatedly throw the drumstick. No matter how much I show her what I want … she just keeps on throwing the drumstick. So rather than give up … I look at what she IS doing.
    She IS THROWING the drumstick.
    So I think to myself…
    How can I use that to get her to hit the drum with it?

    So-o-o-o I find something soft that is similar to the drumstick to use so if she continues to throw it -NO BIG DEAL. Then after each time she throws it I pick it up and I THROW IT AT THE DRUM. After a little while she gets it and instead of throwing it anywhere SHE too is throwing it at the drum. There is the BRIDGE progress she is halfway to where I want her because I met her where she was and modified her activity to incorporate the drumming somehow.

    After awhile of this I alternate between throwing it at the drum and then hitting the drum with it. Eventually after an hour or so of watching what SHE is doing and finding a way to USE her action as a stepping stone to get her to do what I want … well … by the end she is hitting the drum with the stick … Banging two stcks together in rhythm . Banging her two sticks with my two sticks in rhythm … And clapping her hands in rhythm to the music.

    BUT it all started because I noticed her throwing the stick and instead of trying to STOP her from doing that i USED THAT as a BRIDGE to get her to do what I am trying to teach her to do. That is my usual approach … that is why i call it …
    … because its all about going to where they are and noticing what they are doing and THINKING OF A WAY to connect that ACTION somehow to what you want them to do.

    Whenever someone is doing something OTHER than what we are trying to TEACH them to do … we CANNOT lable that ‘WRONG’ instead that is the RAW MATERIAL we can use to build the BRIDGE that will allow them to learn the activity we are teaching them.It takes more observation and creativity on the part of the teacher but that is my approach to any kind of thearapy. And that came from working with kids and trial and error.

    Every teacher is going to be a little different even if they were trained the same at the beginning. That’s why it is good to go and look at some classes first to see if any horse therapy groups seem like a better fit for your daughter.

    Good luck …
    Joanne J

    I’ve often thought the horseback riding therapy schools should offer classes for one aditional family member at a discounted rate. Raising a child with a learning disablity can be very stressful and the parent could see first hand how horses can benifit with stress. It also gives the parent and the child a common activity to take part in over the years.

    Oh and: Have you ever tried Gemmotherapy with Annie. It is a detoxing method that works on a cellular level with different organs. It is something like herbal exept it uses things like the BUDS of plants because in the earliest stages their are nutrients in them that no longer remain when full grown. Sort of similar to the concept of stem cell … but with plants. If yu want some info I can email you with it. To much to post here I have already rambled on longer then I intended 🙂


    • Hi Everyone …

      As per my comment on Cod Liver Oil …

      Annie may be too young to start supplementing … soon maybe but now might not be the right time yet. And too others with children a little older…

      LESS IS MORE … the oil is high in Vitamin A & D so too much can be a problem … These are NOT water soluble vitamins. There is also some risk of an allergic reaction. So even though there are those parents who have seen improvement after using Cod Liver Oil … read up first and maybe speak to others who may have tried it BEFORE hand.

      Just because it is a food substance and a natural source of nutrients does not mean there are no risks. Read up and know how much is too much before using it. And know how young is too young to start.

      This has some good information about both Vitamins A & D …

      Also although not very common some children have an allergic reaction to cod liver oil.

      Oh and I mentioned the Carlson brand because they have an independent lab test their Cod Liver Oil to make sure it is “free of detrimental levels of mercury, cadmium, lead, PCB’s and 28 other contaminants”. I’ve always felt there is a toxicity issue in autism so this is a good thing to look for when comparing brands of Cod Liver Oil.

      My doctor even went so far as to say I should only eat FREE-RANGE chickens and chicken eggs … Why you ask … because other chickens often are fed chicken meal that contains FISH … yes fish. And too much of the WRONG type of fish can mean TOO much mercury intake.

      Just thought I’d add this if anyone wants to try cod liver oil. I don’t want to scare people off … I just want to make sure everyone is careful with it if they decide to try it.

      And as is often the case …
      “Miracles come after a lot of hard work.” – Sue Bender

      So keep moving forward with faith but knowing that LIFE is never as smooth and swift as they make it appear in uplifting movie plots … because they have to tell the story in 2 hours or less which means often editing out the hard work for the sake of time … in the end a miracle is a miracle even if it takes longer to arrive at the HAPPY ending. And remember to ENJOY THE JOURNEY. Because NONE of us are perfect … the ‘healthy/normal’ people just have less obvious imperfections to adapt to or overcome.

      Life is about perfecTING not perfecTION … so don’t forget to enjoy the little things that are RIGHT about the present while reaching toward a better tomorrow.

      Oh and being on the Autism spectrum is often common in the creative arts and in science…

      “It seems that for success in science or art, a dash of autism is essential” – Hans Asperger

      I did research on the topic when working as an freelance artist/writer/website designer for a local university … so I will share a link or two to encourage everyone with autistic children

      . . .
      Here are just two I uncovered …

      George Burns had dyslexia … he had an easier time then Gracie Allen when they made the move from radio to TV because of his dyslexia George had been memorizing his lines all along where as Gracie was reading off of a script in their radio days. (Although he wrote 8 books he only completed reading two during his lifetime).

      Tom Smothers and Dick Smothers (The Smothers Brothers) are a comedy duo today because they BOTH went to the same college. Dick is a year or two younger but his mother urged Dick to go where his brother was going because Tommy was VERY dyslexic. While in college the two (and a friend) formed a folk music trio to give them something fun to do besides schoolwork. Eventually the banter between the two brothers made them one of the most successful comedy music acts of their time.

      … a lot of comedians have learning disabilities … I guess learning to laugh at the struggles it creates in your life can make it a little easier to live with. Which is a skill that some have turned into careers that have helped their audiences laugh at their own life’s problems.

      And here are many more …
      Famous People with Learning Disabilities …






    • So interesting! We didn’t know those people have/had learning disabilities. The quote about needing a “dash of autism” to be successful in science or the arts is hilarious. It’s true! We know that if we steer our children toward careers that utilize their strengths while embracing their quirks, they will be successful and most importantly, happy and fulfilled. Thanks for the links and the encouragement! -Molly and Leah


    • Hi Joanne-

      I have tried fish oil for Annie and I think it helped her tremendously. Thank you for more information on the horseback riding. I am going to look at the link you sent me. I loved hearing that you are thinking of switching careers to work with special needs individuals… it sounds like you have a God given gift for being able to “read” and draw things out of children like mine. I have tried gemmotherapy through the homeopath I work with. But I would still love any information you care to share. Thanks again for all your helpful advice! -Molly


  3. It can be so hard with severe food allergies to always avoid the BAD stuff … somehow things occasionally slip in there even when one is extra extra vigilant … I noticed that you use Pekana products on your “ORGAN DRAINAGE SUPPORT” page ( http://www.healthinducedautism.com/step-6—organdrainage-support.html ) so you are familiar with their quality.

    Have you tried Pekanas’ AILGENO drops for allergies??? … it strengthens the SPLEEN which helps with allergies … if you can get at the underlying causes that can prove even more beneficial then food avoidance because by getting to the root of the allergy you might notice other improvements. Things are often connected …so… when allergy sensitivity improves other symptoms may improve also.

    Chinese medicine believes it is important to address the HEART SPLEEN and KIDNEY in autism treatment to get real results … and if that doesn’t work completely enough then also detox and strengthen the LIVER and LUNG.

    You have already addressed the KIDNEYS and LIVER with Pekanas remedies you might want to try the remaining SPLEEN HEART and LUNG in that order and see if you notice a marked improvement after each.

    NOTE: And you can use AILGENO with Pekana APO-STOM, if you wish, to reduce any intensity of the detox process of the AILGENO remedy if you want to at the beginning.

    Some links with very good prices if you want to try the source I use …
    (having a second source is always good in case yours runs out of something you need)…

    PEKANA Ailgeno Drops 1.7 fl. oz (50 ml) | at Blossoming Health …
    ( ! READ the instructions and suggestions for use on the order page / info page above )
    (2 to 5 drops per dose – once tolerance is shown you may increase dose if you want)

    PEKANA Apo-Stom Drops 1.7 fl. oz (50 ml)
    ¼ to ½ tsp per dose

    Other drainage remedies, such as Itires and/or Renelix, are generally added to help handle the download of toxins released by the action of Ailgeno…

    PEKANA Itires Drops 3.34 fl. oz (100 ml)

    PEKANA Renelix Drops 3.34 fl. oz (100 ml) …

    Sorry for such a LONG post but I Hope this info is helpful … Joanne J

    PS: Not food or allergy related BUT while I’m posting a comment I thought I’d add…
    I have volunteered with a Horse Riding Therapy group in the past for learning disabled and physically disabled children and have seen the very nice effects it has had on the autistic kids … have you tried that with Annie?


    • Hi Joanne – This is awesome advice. Thank you! I will try supporting Annie’s spleen, heart and lungs with the Pekana remedies you mentioned. I didn’t realize the spleen is so tied to allergies. I really think we Westerners can learn so much from Chinese Medicine, so thank you for sharing that approach to autism with me. I would love any other information/advice you care to offer! What is your background? Do you work in this field? Do you have a child with similar issues? Just curious. 🙂 I did try horseback riding therapy with Annie for a short amount of time. But when we tried it, she was very uncooperative. I think now that she is in a better place, she would get so much more out of it. We may give it another go! Thanks again for your wisdom and comment. -Molly


  4. These sound delicious and loaded with good fats! Thanks for sharing and good job changing the recipe to work for you 🙂


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