Quick Omelet – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Quick Omelet

2 minPrep Time

3 minCook Time

5 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • salt
  • pepper
  • spinach
  • cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Add eggs to a microwave-safe bowl or mug and stir until the egg whites and egg yolks become one mixture (the longer you stir, the fluffier your omelet).
  2. Add a pinch of salt and pepper and your favorite mix-ins (I chose spinach and cheddar cheese).
  3. Microwave for 2-3 minutes until the eggs are set and cooked through. Allow to cool, top with extra cheese, and enjoy!
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Italian Caprese Pasta Bowl – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Italian Caprese Pasta Bowl

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pasta choice- preferably whole grain
  • 1/4 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 oz small, fresh mozzarella balls
  • a few basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Pour pasta into a large bowl and pour water to cover pasta completely. Microwave for 6 min, 30 sec (or until tender). Drain when complete.
  2. Slice tomatoes into fourths (optional- can also leave them whole). Chop basil (can also tear up with hands).
  3. Add mozzarella balls to pasta and warm in microwave for 45 sec to melt it.
  4. Add basil and tomatoes to pasta and cheese bowl, along with 1 tsp olive oil, and salt & pepper.
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Cauliflower Mac N’ Cheese – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Cauliflower Mac N' Cheese

2 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

4 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup frozen cauliflower florets or fresh with a bit of water
  • 1 ounce cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Instructions

  1. In small microwavable dish with lid, microwave cauliflower covered for about a minute.
  2. Remove from microwave and chop cauliflower into small pieces (optional).
  3. Microwave for another 50 seconds or so, then add shredded cheese.
  4. Microwave for another 10 seconds or so.
  5. Stir melted cheese in, then stir in heavy cream until sauce forms.
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Sweet Potatoes with Warm Black Bean Salad – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4

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2 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

12 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 14.5 oz can fire-roasted tomatoes
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 olive oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro chopped finely, keep extra for garnish
  • 1 lime juiced
  • 4 Tbs sour cream

Instructions

  1. Scrub the sweet potatoes, then cook the sweet potatoes in the microwave until they’re soft – about 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the tomatoes, black beans, spices, and olive oil in a microwave safe bowl. Cook in the microwave for 3 minutes.
  3. Add 1/4 cup cilantro and the lime juice and mix thoroughly.
  4. Cut deep into the sweet potatoes, and fill with the black bean salad.
  5. Top with sour cream and some extra cilantro.
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Fried Rice – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 3

253

Fried Rice

8 minPrep Time

3 minCook Time

11 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups microwaveable rice (try brown rice for a healthier option)
  • 1 cup frozen peas and carrots
  • 2 eggs
  • Sauce:
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil – optional, but recommended
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar – optional
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger – optional

Instructions

  1. First, cook some instant brown rice in the microwave.
  2. Crack some eggs in a bowl, then add garlic powder, low sodium soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Beat it all together.
  3. Pour the cooked rice in a large glass bowl, then top it with frozen peas and carrots. Place the bowl in the microwave with a paper plate on top and cook for about 1 minute.
  4. Pour in the egg mixture, stir and then cook it again for about 2 minutes.
  5. Let it slightly cool, then stir it up and enjoy.
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Chicken Tenders with Peanut Sauce – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Chicken Tenders with Peanut Sauce

3 minPrep Time

6 minCook Time

9 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • Chicken breast tenders
  • Seasonings:
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • pinches of sea salt & pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons powdered peanut butter & 2 tablespoons water (or, can use 1 tbsp regular peanut butter)
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (optional)

Instructions

  1. Mix together powdered peanut butter with a few tablespoons of water.
  2. Then add a little low sodium soy sauce, raw honey and sriracha. Mix it up and set it aside.
  3. Then, season chicken breast tenders with cumin, sea salt & pepper.
  4. Spray the meat with olive oil, then cook in the microwave for 3-3.5 minutes.
  5. After that, check on the chicken to ensure it is not burning, then cook it for another 2.5 to 3 minutes.
  6. Finally, check it one last time to make sure the chicken is completely cooked. Serve over lettuce or with vegetables (can use microwaveable!) and rice.
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