Monday, November 29, 2021

Recipes to help reduce stress

Bailey Woodean
I have been a freelance writer for more than 4 years, a mom for more than 2 years, and a wife for just under a year. I am currently a student in a cooking and catering program with the intention of expanding my knowledge of the culinary business. I then plan to take this knowledge to properly write about and critique restaurants and food. Writing to you from Niagara Falls, NY, thanks for joining me on the ride!
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For the first two recipes, the main stress-reducing element is the salmon. Salmon has a natural anti-inflammatory quality which is one of the essential components to reducing stress levels in the body.

Lemon Butter Seared Salmon

Lemon Butter Seared Salmon

Ingredients
  • 2/3 lb. salmon, skin on (we used 2 .33-lb. salmon filets)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 medium lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  • salt and pepper, to taste
Recipes to help reduce stress
Instructions
  1. First, prep salmon by patting with a paper towel to remove moisture. Then, season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Place 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 tablespoon minced garlic into a skillet and set over medium/high heat. Place salmon skin side up in the pan and sear for 4 minutes. Flip salmon and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until barely pink in the middle.
  3. Once flakey and cooked, squeeze 1/2 lemon on top of salmon and sprinkle with fresh dill.
  4. Store leftovers in an airtight container.

Healthy Salmon Avocado Boats

VIDEO: Healthy Salmon Avocado Boats

In addition to the salmon, this recipe also contains avocados which are a superfood and said to naturally help reduce stress levels in the body.

Ingredients
  • 2 avocados, halved
  • 2 cans Chicken of the Sea® Skinless & Boneless Pink Salmon in EZ-Open Cans
  • 2 tablespoon green onion, minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh dill, minced
  • 2 tablespoon parsley, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • optional: sriracha, to taste
Healthy Salmon Avocado Boats
Instructions
  1. First, slice open 2 avocados and remove the pits. Set aside.
  2. Then, mix together the rest of the ingredients in a medium-size bowl.
  3. Fill each avocado half with 1/4 of the salmon salad. Top with sriracha and a squeeze of lemon.

Easy Turkey Roll-Ups

Easy Turkey Roll Ups

This recipe qualifies as ”stress-reducing” because it is low in sodium and high in nutrients. It’s also easy to make thus keeping the stress of making a meal reduced as well!

Ingredients
  • 4 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup spinach, not packed
  • 2 oz. sliced provolone cheese
  • 4 oz. sliced turkey turkey
  • 1 large tortilla (I used a whole wheat/spinach blend)
Easy Turkey Roll-Ups
Instructions
  1. First, spread 2 tablespoons of sun-dried tomato paste on your tortilla.
  2. Top tomato paste with turkey slices and cheese. Finally, add on fresh spinach and basil leaves.
  3. Roll the tortilla tightly so that all ingredients stay wrapped up in the tortilla.
  4. Use a sharp knife to slice the roll-up into pinwheels.
  5. Stick a toothpick in each pinwheel to hold it together.
  6. Serve immediately or place into a meal prep container for lunch throughout the week.

De-Stressing Chocolate Pudding

How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone Cortisol

According to the research I have done, this recipe qualifies as ”stress-reducing” because it contains superfoods such as avocados but it also contains unsweetened cocoa powder which is said to be a natural stress reducer.

De-Stressing Chocolate Pudding
Ingredients
  • 3 ripe avocados
  • ¼ cup cacao powder (unsweetened)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 dash salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve & enjoy!

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