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5 Home Cooked Vegetable Recipes to combat stress

I have several friends who suffer with different types of stress and anxiety, and I’m sure we all have stressful times in our lives, so knowing foods to eat which can help ease those feelings is a great idea.  Here is a guest post from Ryan Riviera to tell us more…

Home cooked meals are the best comfort food anyone can have. If you want to treat yourself to a superior but homey and healthy meal, here are some easy to prepare Home Cooked Vegetable Recipes which you may incorporate in your daily diet.

Gazpacho Soup (tomato vegetable soup)

Tomatoes contain potassium, lycopene, vitamins E and A.  It is also rich in vitamin C which, if taken in large doses can have a tranquilizing effect that help alleviate anxiety. Here is one special tomato vegetable soup:

Put 1 minced onion, 2 cups of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of minced green pepper, 1 tsp honey, 1 chopped cucumber, lemon and lime juice, 2 tsp vinegar, 1 tsp basil and dried tarragon, ground cumin, ¼ cup of chopped parsley, tobacco sauce, 2 tbsp olive oil and pepper in a food processor or blender. Combine it altogether well but see to it that you do not over process. Blend the finished mixture together with 4 cups of tomato juice in a bowl. Wrap it in a plastic and let it chill for 2 hrs.  It is nice to serve it together with bread.

Simple Hummus Recipe

Garbanzo beans are filled with vitamins A, C, E and K. It also contains vitamin B6 or also known as pyridoxine which has been proven to reduce the symptoms of anxiety. It is also loaded with minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and sodium. Calcium is another mineral that can be found in garbanzo beans which is known to be a natural tranquilizer. Here is your easy recipe for garbanzo beans:

Put 1 can of garbanzo beans, 4 tbsp of lemon juice, 2 cloves of chopped garlic and 2 tbsp tahini in a blender together. Let it blend until it is creamy. Put the finished mixture in a serving bowl. Pour some olive oil on it and serve it with fresh vegetables.

Sweet Potato Balls

Sweet potato ball is another nutritious recipe that kids will surely love. It contains minerals like potassium, copper and iron. Add to that the mineral magnesium which can help reduce tension in the nervous system.  Thus, sufficient intake of magnesium can help a person feel more relaxed.  It can help you become more focused and it will also help reduce your vulnerability to stress and anxiety. This sweet potato balls recipe is a healthy treat for your sweet tooth:

Cut 2 pounds of sweet potatoes into chunks. Let it boil until it becomes tender. Add 2 tbsp of butter, ¼ tsp of salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon, and 1 tbsp of brown sugar along with the boiled sweet potato and mash. Add 1 egg while mixing altogether. Let it chill until it is firm. Form the potatoes into a ball shape and place mini marshmallows on the insides. Roll in 1 cup of gingersnap crumbs. Bake it on a cookie sheet for up to 10-15 minutes.

Cauliflower Purée

Cauliflower is a good source for vitamins such as C, B1, B2, B5, B6, B9, and K. Its vitamin B3 alone is very helpful in the production of serotonin which plays an important role in producing a more balanced and stable mind. It also contains carotenoids, phytonutrients, and manganese.

Boil 1 head of cauliflower in a saucepan until it is tender. Put the boiled cauliflower and cooking liquid in a blender. Blend it until it becomes smooth. Last, add 3 tbsp of sour cream and 1 tbsp butter. Let it blend for a short moment. Season it with pepper and salt.

Asparagus Recipe

Asparagus provides a good source of folate, fiber, vitamins A, B12, E, and K. It also contains vitamin C which not only helps in alleviating anxiety.  It also promotes proper functioning of the adrenal glands and improves brain chemistry. This simple asparagus recipe is so easy to prepare, go ahead have a try:

Boil water in a saucepan, add 1 bunch of asparagus and parboil it for just 2 minutes. Drain away the hot water. Mix the asparagus with 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 tsp of grated lemon rind and 2 tbsp of grated parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Eating delicious home cooked meals is like experiencing luxury at the comforts of our very own home.

About the Author:

Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years.  He now advocates healthy living as the best weapon against anxiety and depression.  You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic

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Dairy free carbonara

I’m sure most people are like me and get bored of cooking the same dishes over and over again. So I took a look through our numerous cooking books (so numerous that the kitchen shelf tends to bend a bit in the middle – I’m trying to ignore this!). I always see carbonara and I love creamy pasta dishes, but I can’t eat cheese and my husband can’t eat any dairy (poor thing), so I thought it was a bit of a no no. Then I thought I might as well give it a try using soya cream and no cheese.

I had roast chicken left over from the Sunday roast (all the lovely juicy leg and wing parts) and a pack of bacon medallions (no fatty bits on them). I cut the bacon into strips and fried it until it was cooked, then added the chicken to the pan to heat that up too.

I also had a courgette that had seen better days so chopped off the bad part and then finely diced that up with an onion and 3 garlic cloves, and fried them in olive oil.

Then mixed all the meat and vegetables into the same pan and tipped 1.5 cartons of soya cream onto them and mixed together.

I added some dried savoury herbs and dried sage to the sauce, and some black pepper (didn’t need salt thanks to the bacon).

Left it to simmer while I cooked tagliatelle and garlic bread (a must!!).

I am very bad and never taste my food while I’m cooking it – I wait until it’s on the plate when it’s rather too late if anything tastes wrong! But this time I was very lucky and it tasted amazing 🙂 My 2 year old loved the bacon, chicken and garlic bread! My husband was on a course in London so was a bit late home so his portion had had time to truly infuse the flavours and he thought it was really delicious.

So there’s a new dish for me to relieve the boredom I’d fallen into 🙂

Tonight I cooked pork loins in a nice marinade, so I’ll have to write a post about them too soon.