Thanksgiving isn’t always the smoothest of holidays. Bringing people together is great, but there can be some friction when every member from a family is crammed into a room together. Old tensions can flare and new problems surface, but this recipe will ensure everyone stays calm and cool this year with its stress-reducing ingredients.
Kale, Avocado, and Ricotta Pie uses three main ingredients to keep anxiety low over the holidays. Serve this at Thanksgiving dinner or make it in advance to help reduce your anxiety as you prepare for the celebration.
Avocados are rich in B vitamins, which help reduce stress. Avocados also help lower blood pressure by being high in monounsaturated fat and potassium. These creamy, green fruits are filled with healthy fats that also add to the velvety texture of this pie.
The kale aspect of this recipe also adds into the nutritional benefits of this dish. Kale is full of antioxidants and vitamin C, which will keep you from getting sick over the holidays. There’s nothing more stressful than cooking Thanksgiving dinner with a cold or dealing with your relatives while trying to get rid of a headache. Vitamin C also gets depleted when you’re stressed out. Filling up on antioxidants is a good idea in general when the cold autumn air rolls in, so this kale dish will help boost everyone’s immune systems.
The ricotta cheese in this pie is also perfect for keeping everyone calm over the holidays. Every Thanksgiving meal is all about comfort food and cheese is one of the best comfort foods. Warm cheese has a way of making people feel naturally calmer. Cheese also has a lot of calcium, which helps the brain use tryptophan to facilitate sleep-triggering melatonin, according to Reader’s Digest. No one can fight when they’re sleeping! This last ingredient makes this dish the perfect calming thing to serve this Thanksgiving.