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Braised chicory with walnuts

Nutritional Info
Calories348
Fat11.30g
Saturates1.69g
Total Sugar4.52g

Walnuts are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are necessary for good mental health.

Braised chicory with walnutsWalnuts are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are necessary for good mental health. They also provide appreciable amounts of vitamin B6 and selenium, which can help to decrease tiredness and anxiety. Another key mood-related nutrient is folate, which is provided by chicory.

Depression is a common symptom of folate deficiency, and many people experiencing depressive behaviour have been found to be folate deficient. Increasing consumption of folate-rich foods or taking a folic acid supplement can alter, and in some cases, eliminate mood swings and depressive behaviour.

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp white wine
  • 4 heads of chicory, trimmed and halved lenghtways
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and sliced
  • Few sprigs of thyme
  • 4 tbsp fresh breadcrumbs
  • 4 tbsp walnut pieces
  • 40g crumbled Stilton
  • Fresh parsley

Method

Preheat the oven to 170°C/Gas Mark 3.

Place the chicory into a greased shallow baking dish in a single layer, cut sides up.

Whisk the oil and wine together, pour over the chicory and add the garlic and thyme. Cover with foil and cook for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, mix the breadcrumbs with the walnuts, Stilton and parsley.

When the chicory is cooked, drain off the liquid and sprinkle the breadcrumb mixture over the chicory.

Bake for a further 15 minutes.

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