Food can be the way to a man's heart, or it can be a great way to send a message that the love affair is O.V.E.R. Cloverfields Farm & Kitchen's Janine Washle shows how to use food to comfort a broken heart and reduce the stress of a break-up.
She says you made it through New Year's and Valentine's with the same fellow, but rather than feeling Cupid's arrow through your heart, he's turning out to be a pain in the neck. Summer is on the horizon and Derby is just around the corner. Before you can trade in Mr. Monotonous for Mr. Excitement, you need to deal with the Break Up.
It's easy to dump a cheater, a jerk, or any other offensive fellow. But it's the nice, well-mannered ones that pose the problem. It's tough to cut it off because, well, they're just so darn nice. One way to ease into the Break Up conversation is with a meal. By using the pantry as part of your Break Up strategy, you will find foods that actually help lower blood pressure, strengthen the heart, and decrease irritability.
Let's construct a menu that is full of stress fighting foods such as chicken, spinach, avocado, and oatmeal. Chicken has slightly more tryptophan than turkey which is the amino acid necessary to make niacin which supports serotonin. Serotonin elevates the mood and increases pain tolerance. It's a break up meal, there's going to be pain. The serotonin helps produce melatonin. which makes us sleepy. By the time you drop the hammer, he's and get a nap! Avocado has an amazing amount of potassium which helps lower blood pressure. Spinach has folic acid which helps alleviate stress, anxiety, and panic.
It's going to be tough, but look at all the good you're serving up: Tossed salad with creamy Super Green Goddess Dressing, Chicken Tetrazzini with spinach and parmesan, and a big oatmeal cookie. Did I mention? Oatmeal also increases serotonin, which increases melatonin, which means that heart-broken dude has a one-way ticket to sleepy-town.
You've heard the old saying, "the way to a man's heart is through his stomach". I say, "the way to the door is via the dining room table.".Serve him a delicious Break Up meal and dish him his walking papers at the same time. You'll be on your way to a great summer romance in no time!
Super Green Goddess Dressing
Makes: about 2 cups
1 ripe avocado, scooped from shell
1 cup Greek yogurt
½ cup fresh spinach
2 TB fresh lemon juice
2 TB chopped parsley
1 TB minced onion
1 small garlic clove, minced
½ tsp salt, or to taste
¼ tsp black pepper, or to taste
Add avocado, yogurt, spinach lemon juice, parsley, onion, garlic, salt and pepper to a food processor bowl. Blend for 2-3 minutes or until smooth. Refrigerate.
Serve with: salads, fresh vegetables, steamed vegetables, baked potatoes
French Onion Pot Roast
1 3# brisket (not corned), seasoned on both sides with salt and pepper
4 large onions, sliced
3 large garlic cloves, sliced
1 large bay leaf
½ cup light brown sugar
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
4 cups shredded Gruyere
2 cups good quality beef broth
salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Rinse brisket and pat dry. Add onions, garlic, bay leaf, brown sugar, and vinegar to a large roasting pan. Top with cheese. Pour broth over. Place meat on top. Spoon some onions and cheese over top of brisket. Cover and braise for 4 hours. Remove lid and turn oven heat to 375 degrees and roast an additional 30 minutes.
To make au jus: Skim off any excess fat and discard. Strain off braising liquid, vegetables, and any clumps of cheese into a food processor or blender (take care hot liquids can expand and blow the lid off a blender) and process until smooth. Slice brisket across the grain and serve with onion au jus.
TIP: What makes it French? The au jus has all the flavors, onions, beef broth, and cheese, of the classic French onion soup.
Ready when you come home? Place everything in a 5 qt. slow cooker. Cook on LOW for 6-7 hours.
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CloverFields Farm & Kitchen
3720 Mt. Olive Rd.
Hardin Springs Area
Big Clifty, KY 42712
Janine Washle and her family live at the Cloverfields Farm and Kitchen in Big Clifty, Kentucky in Hardin County. CloverFields Farm & Kitchen, part of a century old farmstead, is our home and business. The McGuffin house, the original farmhouse, is a registered state landmark. CloverFields Farm has a prosperous farming history. They are continuing this rural story in their own unique way by the addition of CloverFields Kitchen a place to explore the past through food and merge it with our modern lifestyles.