Feeling blue? Some foods can actually boost your mood by helping reduce stress, ease anxiety and fight depression. Try adding some more fruits and vegetables, complex carbohydrates, fish, coconut, tea and saffron to your diet.
Here’s a fast weeknight pasta recipe that can help ease feelings of depression and boost your mood! Make your sauce and pasta all at once. By using the exact amount of water you need to cook the pasta–no colanders here–the starch that cooks off into your pasta water, which you usually drain away, stays in the pot, giving you delectably creamy results. Oh! and did we mention, less clean-up?
8 oz whole wheat pasta shells or large elbow noodles
1-pound unpeeled raw deveined shrimp
4 cups chopped spinach
1 cup corn kernels
1 cup peas (fresh or frozen, thawed)
1 medium onion chopped
4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 ¾ teaspoons smoked paprika
¼ teaspoon saffron
¾ teaspoon salt
4 cups water
2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Combine pasta, shrimp, spinach, corn, peas, onion, garlic, tomato paste, paprika, saffron and salt in a large pot. Stir in water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Boil, stirring frequently, until the pasta is cooked and the water has almost evaporated 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Serve sprinkled with parsley.
Eating Well. Nov. 2019