From a fluffy pistachio-apricot biryani to a gingered orange gratin, these feel-good recipes ease stress without sacrificing flavor.
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Honey-Soy Sauce Chicken with Mâche-and-Citrus Salad
Studies suggest that vitamin C may reduce levels of stress hormones and lower blood pressure. This dish by Curtis Stone, TLC's Melbourne-born star, is packed with vitamin C-rich ingredients like oranges and lime.
Almonds contain a range of B vitamins, which may help relieve stress. This sweet-tangy curried chicken salad, tossed with plenty of crunchy toasted almonds, was invented to honor the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and served at her coronation luncheon. While chef Tom Aikens follows the original recipe closely, he brightens the dressing with minced hot chiles and chunks of sweet mango.
Salmon and other fish rich in Omega-3 fatty acids may help regulate stress hormones. This salmon dish by Bernie Sun, corporate beverage director for Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurant group is drizzled with a luxurious sauce made with beef stock and red wine.
An excellent way to reduce high blood pressure is to get enough potassium, found in foods like avocado and bananas. These grilled steak tacos by Gonzalo Martinez get their heat from an avocado-jalapeño salsa.
Overnight Oatmeal with Almonds and Dried Cranberries
Complex carbs, found in steel-cut oats and other whole grain foods, prompt the brain to make a steady supply of the feel-good chemical serotonin. Many people miss out on the nutty flavor and nubby texture of oatmeal made with steel-cut oats because they assume it’s too time-consuming to prepare. But if you soak the oats overnight, they cook in just 10 minutes.
Vitamin C-rich oranges may reduce levels of stress hormones and lower blood pressure. Grace Parisi mixes cold whipped crème fraîche with candied ginger, then spoons it over warm, sweet orange slices. The combination of flavors, textures and temperatures is magnificent.