Lentil Soup – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Lentil Soup

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 onion
  • 1 cup brown lentils, rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Dice onion
  2. Using the saute function on the Instant Pot, brown the onions in 1 T olive oil.
  3. Add lentils, tomatoes, and 2 cups water.
  4. Cook on manual at high pressure for 20 minutes.
  5. Release pressure with quick release or natural release. Add salt to taste.
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Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4

214

Overnight Steel Cut Oatmeal

3 minPrep Time

8 hrCook Time

8 hr, 3 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Optional: fruit (dried or fresh) and nuts for toppings

Instructions

  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick spray. Whisk together all ingredients in a slow cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  3. Stir and serve in bowls with desired toppings
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Lasagna – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 12

224

Lasagna

7 minPrep Time

3 hrCook Time

3 hr, 7 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 9 oz oven-ready lasagna noodles
  • 48 oz tomato basil pasta sauce
  • 32 oz ricotta cheese
  • OPTIONAL: 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick spray if desired
  2. Add 1 cup of sauce and spread over bottom of slow cooker
  3. Add 3-4 noodles on top of sauce, break apart if necessary
  4. Top with about 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  5. Top with 1/2 – 3/4 cup sauce (depending on how saucy you like it)
  6. Repeat with noodles, ricotta and sauce 3 more times
  7. Top with 3-4 final noodles and one more cup of sauce
  8. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese if desired
  9. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 hours. Serve with salad or steamed vegetables (can use microwaveable!)
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Potato and Corn Chowder – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 8

140

Potato and Corn Chowder

15 minPrep Time

4 hrCook Time

4 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 24 ounces red potato
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen corn
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (can also use these heavy cream substitutes )

Instructions

  1. Dice potatoes
  2. Place potatoes and corn into a 6-qt slow cooker.
  3. Stir in flour and gently toss to combine. Stir in chicken stock, thyme, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Cover and cook on low heat for 7-8 hours or high heat for 3-4 hours. Stir in butter and heavy cream.
  5. Serve immediately.
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Minestrone Soup – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 6-8

214

Minestrone Soup

15 minPrep Time

5 hrCook Time

5 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 sweet onion
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (can also use garlic powder)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and sliced (can also use frozen, pre-cut)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 3 cups water
  • 8 ounces of uncooked ditalini pasta (or whatever you have around)
  • 1 cup of frozen sweet peas
  • 1 (6 ounce) bag of fresh spinach
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Romano cheese + more for topping
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Dice onion & garlic & slice carrots.
  2. Add onions, garlic, carrots, the whole can of diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, stock and water to your Crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring once or twice if you can.
  3. About 10-15 minutes before serving, add in spinach, peas and pasta.
  4. Cook on low for another 10-15 minutes then stir in grated cheese.
  5. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. Serve immediately with additional cheese on top!
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Veggie Omelet – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 8

139

Veggie Omelet

15 minPrep Time

2 hrCook Time

2 hr, 15 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 8 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk or half & half
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1 cup broccoli florets (or use frozen and re-heat)
  • 1 small red bell pepper (or use frozen and re-heat)
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic (or use more garlic powder)
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. Chop broccoli & dice bell pepper and onion. Mince garlic (unless using garlic powder).
  2. Lightly grease the inside of the slow cooker/crock pot with cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl combine eggs, milk, Parmesan, salt, black pepper, Italian seasoning, garlic powder and chili powder; using a whisk, beat the egg mixture until thoroughly combined.
  4. Add broccoli florets, diced peppers, chopped onions, and garlic to the insert of the slow cooker; stir in the prepared egg-mixture.
  5. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours. Start checking at 1 hour 30 minutes for doneness. Omelette is done when eggs are set. You can also cook it on LOW for 3 to 3.5 hours.
  6. Sprinkle with cheese and cover; let stand 2 to 3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  7. Turn off the slow cooker.
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How to Roast Frozen Vegetables – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

How to Roast Frozen Vegetables

5 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 12 oz mixed frozen vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
  3. Pour frozen vegetables onto parchment paper
  4. Toss vegetables with olive oil and spices, until coated
  5. Bake frozen vegetables at 400 degrees for around 30 minutes, until edges begin to brown (stir/flip every ~10 minutes)
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Hummus Toast with Fresh Arugula Salad – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

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7 minPrep Time

7 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 slice sprouted bread (i.e. Ezekiel)
  • 1 tablespoon garlic-flavored hummus
  • 1 cup arugula
  • 2 tablespoon chopped sun-dried tomatoes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chickpeas
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • a drizzle olive oil
  • a drizzle balsamic vinegar reduction
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Toast bread; spread with hummus
  2. Chop sun-dried tomatoes (if desired)
  3. Toss together arugula, sun-dried tomatoes, and chickpeas. Then place on top of toast.
  4. Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic reduction, and sprinkle with chia seeds, salt, and pepper.
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Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl – “Depression-Friendly” Recipes

Serves 4

435

Spinach Pesto Quinoa Bowl

5 minPrep Time

10 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups multi-colored quinoa, uncooked
  • 6 cups baby spinach
  • 4 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese plus more for topping

Instructions

  1. Cook quinoa according to the instructions on the box or bag (**or, you can just microwave the quinoa )
  2. Once quinoa is done cooking, turn heat to medium then add spinach, pesto, salt, and Parmesan cheese. Stir to combine and heat until spinach has wilted, pesto is evenly distributed, and Parmesan cheese has melted.
  3. Serve immediately with extra Parmesan cheese, if desired.
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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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