Grumpy and out of sorts? Reel in this fanciful meal. Research suggests that people who eat more fish are less at risk of suffering from major depressive disorder. It’s likely that the mega-healthy omega-3 fats as well as nutrients like vitamin D in swimmers such as salmon work to hardwire our brains for happiness. What’s more, eating quality carbs like quinoa can raise the production of “I rock” serotonin in your brain.
In medium saucepan, place quinoa, a pinch of salt, and 1 3/4 cups (435 mL) water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, covered, until water has been absorbed and quinoa is tender, about 12 minutes. Remove from heat, let sit covered for 5 minutes, and then fluff with fork.
Preheat oven to 300 F (150 C). Season salmon with salt and pepper, and place skin-side down on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake fish for 15 minutes, or until just barely cooked through in the thickest part of the flesh.
To make sauce, in blender container, place kefir, avocado, lemon juice, garlic, dill, and salt, and blend until smooth. Toss arugula with red wine vinegar and a pinch of salt.
Divide quinoa among 4 serving plates and top with arugula, salmon, and avocado sauce. Sprinkle chives overtop.
This recipe is part of the Eat Yourself to a Better Mood collection.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.
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