A recipe from the happy kitchen: Good Mood Food, Butternut Squash, Sundried Tomato & Feta Frittata is a perfect choice when you're feeling fragile.
It's an easy recipe that can be prepared in advance. We like it both cold (with a salad for lunch) and warm (for supper). It fills you up, and the feta cheese and seeds included in the recipe contain tryptophan which is involved in the synthesis of the sleep hormone melatonin.
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C.2.
Put the butternut squash in a roasting dish and sprinkle over 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Roast it in the oven for about 15 minutes, or until it begins to soften. Remove it from the oven and leave it to cool.
3. Beat the eggs in a large bowl. Stir in the sundried tomatoes, butternut squash and seeds. Crumble in the feta and then gently mix everything together.
4. Heat the remaining olive oil in an ovenproof pan and pour in the egg mixture. Cook it gently on the hob for about 2 minutes or until the eggs start to set.
5. Place the pan in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the frittata has puffed up and turned a golden colour.
6. Cut it into wedges and serve it with a green salad
Together, over 5 years, Alice Mackintosh and I developed recipes that put around 150 nutritional studies into practice. They’ve helped me to become more energised, less anxious, clearer thinking, more balanced and a better sleeper. Our conversations and experiments led to our book the happy kitchen: Good Mood Food . In it, I share in detail what I have learnt about eating for happiness. By harnessing the power of food to boost my mood, not just on melancholy days, I have been able to stabilise my feelings. Nutrition has become an important element in my holistic approach to staying well.
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