The feel good, but simple recipes we all need to get us through those low mood days.
Easy to Make Raspberry and Orange smoothie – Stock yourself up with long-life natural yoghurt, frozen raspberries and a jar of honey and you’ll have almost everything you need when the next gloomy day comes around. Add orange juice and ta-da, you have a super healthy, yummy smoothie courtesy of Jennifer at Peanut Butter and Peppers
Nachos with all of the toppings – Grab tortilla chips or Doritos, depending on your budget, grab your favourite dips – I recommend Sour Cream and Chive, Guacamole and Salsa, and get yourself some cheese (already grated if you’re feeling like really spoiling yourself) and you’re set. Heat your oven to somewhere around 200 degrees C, but don’t stress – as long as your oven is hot hot hot, you’re all good. Place one layer of chips in the bottom of an oven-proof dish. Cover the chips in dips and cheese. Add another layer of chips. Cover them in dips and cheese. Chuck the dish in the oven for about 10 minutes, but keep an eye. And voila! This layered recipe is courtesy of a fellow foodie and ensures that you get a bit of dip on every chip. Enjoy.
Teriyaki beef with fresh cucumber and carrot – Ok, I know this sounds complicated, but beef mince (or veggie alternative), a carrot, half a cucumber, a small bottle of teriyaki sauce and some microwave basmati rice and you’re away. Add sesame seeds and buy jasmine rice, if you want to go all out. This recipe is my favourite from the Hello Fresh collection, because it’s so yummy, but feels healthy and clean too. AND as someone who doesn’t like cooking, even on the best of days, I promise it’s easy peasy. Peel the top layer off the carrot, bin it and then keep peeling until you have lots of lovely, thin carrot ribbons. Chop the cucumber into small pieces. Stir cucumber and carrot in a bowl of olive oil, with a spoonful of sugar. Fry mince and pour over teriyaki sauce when cooked. Microwave rice. Chuck all in bowl and tuck in. Or check out the Hello Fresh recipe for more detailed instructions.
‘Havana Good Day’ – the punniest, yummiest cocktail you ever did try – Ginger beer, Strawberry puree, rum. Good for your gut and your soul, trust me.
S’mores dip – Marshmallows (vegan if preferable), biscuits of choice (traditionally digestives), milk chocolate (again, could be vegan – I recommend Nomo for that super chocolatey ‘can’t believe it’s not the real thing’ taste if so.) Melt chocolate with some marshmallows. Place melted chocolate and marshmallows in oven proof dish. Put remaining marshmallows on top. Grill or bake until marshmallows are toasted. Eat straight out of the dish by dipping biscuits of choice. This one’s here courtesy of a friend who gave it a try for the first time a little while ago and took a dribble-worthy photo to prove it. There are some official recipes kicking about on the BBC and Tesco websites.
And there you have it, five recipes to make your heart sing. Whatever’s getting you down, don’t forget to look after yourself: Eat good food, drink plenty of water and try and get some fresh air too. You’re only human.