During this time of year, we always seem to be overflowing with turkey. Good thing turkey is a great way to boost our mood and help fight depressive symptoms. It’s also a good thing that there are plenty of websites that provide turkey recipes. Here is a quick stir-fry recipe from Good Housekeeping that also includes cashews for double the serotonin benefits! In addition, ginger has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help to protect the brain and lower anxiety.
1 tbsp. groundnut oil
250 g (9oz) turkey stir-fry pieces
1 cm (½in) piece fresh root ginger, grated
100 ml (3½fl oz) chicken stock
1 each yellow and red pepper, halved, deseeded and sliced
1 spring onion, sliced
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. cashew nuts, toasted and roughly chopped
Freshly chopped coriander, to garnish
Heat half the groundnut oil in a wok or non-stick pan over a high heat and stir-fry the turkey for 5min until golden. Set aside.
Heat remaining oil over a medium heat and fry the ginger for 1min. Add the stock, peppers and spring onions and stir-fry for 3min. Stir in the turkey and the soy sauce and warm through. Garnish with cashews and coriander to serve.
After you nourish your body and mind, don’t forget to write about it in your foods and moods diary.
By: Kathryn Chambers
Olive Branch Counseling and Associate, Inc