Stuffed Peppers With Refried Beans and Cheese – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 2

293

Stuffed Peppers With Refried Beans and Cheese

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium bell peppers
  • 1 can (15 ounces) vegetarian refried beans
  • 2 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350°.
  2. Cut bell pepper lengthwise (NOT the way it looks in the picture), and remove seeds and stem.
  3. Fill bell pepper halves with beans and sprinkle cheddar on top.
  4. In a large, oven-safe skillet over medium heat, heat oil. When skillet and oil are hot, place filled bell pepper halves in skillet face-up.
  5. Transfer to oven and bake 20 minutes, until pepper is al dente, beans are heated through, and cheese is melted.
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Whole Wheat Pasta With Broccoli and Parmesan – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 2

422

Whole Wheat Pasta With Broccoli and Parmesan

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces dry whole wheat pasta
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups broccoli florets (can use frozen!)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 ounces shredded Parmesan

Instructions

  1. Chop broccoli into bite-sized florets, if not using frozen.
  2. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add broccoli, season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until florets are browned in places, 4 minutes. Add cooked pasta and Parmesan; toss to combine.
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Pesto Chicken and Potatoes – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 2

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Pesto Chicken and Potatoes – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

10 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 medium chicken breasts (bone in, skin on)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 tablespoons prepared pesto, divided
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Cut potatoes into 2 inch pieces
  2. Heat oven to 375° and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper.
  3. Season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper, then spread ½ tablespoon pesto over the skin of each breast
  4. On the sheet pan, toss potatoes with olive oil and remaining 2 tablespoons pesto. Add chicken breasts to sheet pan.
  5. Roast 40 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  6. Let chicken rest 5 minutes. Remove bone, slice, and serve.
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Spaghetti with Meat Sauce – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4

470

Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 cups water (divided)
  • 1 (24-ounce) jar your favorite pasta sauce
  • 8 ounces dry spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Turn the Instant Pot on to sauté. Once heated, add the olive oil & heat. Add beef, break the beef up into pieces with a wooden spoon and season with the salt, onion powder, and garlic powder. Cook, stirring and breaking the beef into smaller and smaller pieces, until cooked through and no longer pink (about 5 minutes.)
  2. Turn off the sauté function and add 1/2 cup of the water to the pot. Scrape the bottom of the pot to remove any stuck-on bits. Add the sauce and stir to combine well.
  3. Break the spaghetti strands in half and spread them in one or two layers over the ground beef mixture. Do not stir from this point on.
  4. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups water to the pasta. Remember — no stirring here.
  5. Seal the Instant Pot. Set to cook on HIGH pressure for 8 minutes. The cooker should take between 10 and 12 minutes to come up to pressure.
  6. Open the pressure release valve (quick release) as soon as the 8 minutes cook time is up. Open the Instant Pot and stir the spaghetti into the sauce. Turn off the Instant Pot and remove the insert from the pressure cooker. Add Parmesan cheese as desired.
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Asian Beef and Noodles – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4

131

Asian Beef and Noodles

5 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

20 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 2 packages (3 ounces each) Ramen noodles (Oriental flavor), crumbled
  • 2-1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups frozen stir-fry vegetable blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp thinly sliced green onion

Instructions

  1. Cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink & drain. Add the contents of one Ramen flavoring packet. Stir until dissolved. Set beef aside.
  2. In the same skillet, combine the water, vegetables, ginger, noodles and remaining flavoring packet. Bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-4 minutes or until noodles are tender, stirring occasionally. Return beef to the pan and heat through. Stir in green onion.
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Three Bean Wild Rice Salad – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 8

348

Three Bean Wild Rice Salad

12 minPrep Time

12 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups wild rice blend (can use microwaveable rice!)
  • 15 oz can kidney beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 15 oz can garbanzo beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • Dressing
  • 3 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook rice (or, microwave it if using microwaveable rice).
  2. Chop bell pepper & cilantro. Dice onion.
  3. Combine all salad ingredients in a large bowl.
  4. Combine dressing ingredients in a jar with lid and shake until thoroughly combined.
  5. Toss dressing with salad.
  6. Salad can be served immediately, though for best flavor, refrigerate for an hour for best flavor.
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Chicken Stir-Fry Bake – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4

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Chicken Stir-Fry Bake

8 minPrep Time

25 minCook Time

33 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked instant rice
  • 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken (or rotisserie chicken pieces)
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen stir-fry vegetables, thawed
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced (or 1/8 tsp garlic powder)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Instructions

  1. 1. Cube chicken (or just tear up rotisserie chicken into pieces). Mince garlic clove (if not using powder).
  2. 2. Place rice in a greased 11x7-in. baking dish. Layer with the water chestnuts, chicken and vegetables. Combine remaining ingredients; pour over top. Cover and bake at 375° for 25 minutes or until rice is tender.
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Potsticker Stir-Fry – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4

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Potsticker Stir-Fry

5 minPrep Time

12 minCook Time

17 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen stir-fry vegetables
  • 1 (16-ounce) bag frozen chicken gyoza potstickers
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Gyoza Dipping Sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tsp sesame oil
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp sriracha (optional)

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add vegetables, season with salt and pepper, and stir-fry until almost tender, 3 to 5 minutes.
  2. Push to the side and place the potstickers pleat-side up in a single layer in the open space. Fry for 3 minutes. Add a splash of water, cover, and steam for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the gyoza sauce, toss everything to coat in sauce, and serve.
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Taco Soup – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 8

482

Taco Soup

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
  • 1 envelope taco seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (10 oz) diced tomato with green chiles
  • sour cream (optional)
  • shredded cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a Dutch oven, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add taco seasoning and mix well.
  3. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  4. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until heated through, stirring occasionally. Makes 8 servings.
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Beef Stew – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Beef Stew

10 minPrep Time

35 minCook Time

45 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 lb stew beef, cut into 1-in chunks (can often get pre-cut beef)
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • rice or mashed potatoes (optional – for serving)

Instructions

  1. Dice onion
  2. Set the Instant Pot to saute function and brown the onions and beef cubes in one tablespoon of oil.
  3. When the beef has developed some nice brown bits, add the soy sauce and ½ cup water.
  4. Set to high pressure for 35 minutes.
  5. Manually release pressure.
  6. Remove beef and set in a separate dish. Boil remaining sauce using the Instant Pot’s saute function until reduced and thickened.
  7. Serve sauce and meat over rice (*can use microwaveable rice or make your own) or mashed potatoes.
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