If you’re finding yourself daydreaming about warm spring days and prosecco in the park, we hear you: we’re kind of over Winter, too. But before you blow your savings on a spontaneous flight to Bali, check out our collection of fail-safe recipes to lift your mood. We know food doesn’t fix everything, but in our experience a disastrous day can usually be redeemed by a bowl of something hot or a slice of something sweet. Take a look at our seven favourite mood-enhancing recipes below, from a fresh and zingy salmon traybake to a truly decadent macaroni cheese.
There's a reason why chicken soup is prescribed as a cure for everything from heartbreak to the common cold. This fragrant, lemony version is packed with orzo pasta and chard, making for a substantial, nutritious, and cheering meal.
This zingy, Thai-inspired traybake is a ray of sunshine in a dish. The clean, bright flavours of steamed salmon and broccoli are combined with a lip-smakcing ginger, lime, and peanut sauce to create a midweek meal that will really wake up your palate.
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Citrus fruits are winter's bright side; blood oranges, clementines, grapefruits, and Seville oranges are all at their best during the darker months. Make the most of them with this aromatic, orange caramel-drenched polenta cake.
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If you're in need of some serious comfort food, it really doesn't get much better than mac and cheese. This recipe from Hawksmoor uses three different kinds of cheese, and has a gloriously fondue-like consistency – just the sight of it emerging from the oven with its crisp, golden top is enough to lift the spirits. For a equally delicious vegan mac and cheese, click here.
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Our second chicken soup on the list, this rich, Thai-spiced version from Jamie Oliver involves just 5 ingredients. It's super low-effort, and is perfect for when you want a hearty, cheering meal with minimal fuss.
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Another comfort food classic, these loaded sweet potatoes are an excellent midweek vegan meal. Topped with avocado, black beans, lime, and coriander, they're packed with Mexican-inspired flavours and are guaranteed to bring a little sunshine to your kitchen.
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And if all else fails? Well . . . We're just going to leave this here.
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