Braised chicory with walnuts
Walnuts 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
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.