Vietnamese turkey salad
Lean meats are a good source of tryptophan, which is needed for the production of the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin. Tryptophan makes you happy and relaxed, and aids sleep. Turkey is one of the richest sources; it is also a good source of vitamin B6, which is needed for the conversion of tryptophan into serotonin. In some tests, people who suffer from insomnia have been found to have lower levels of vitamin B6 than those who do not.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 5 tbsp rice vinegar
- 1 tbsp caster sugar
- 1 red chilli, halved
- 100g rice noodles
- 1 large carrot, peeled and shredded
- 200g cooked turkey
- Large handful of coriander leaves
- 1 pak choi, shredded
- Handful of unsalted peanuts
Cook the noodles according to the packet instructions, drain and place into a large bowl. Put the rice vinegar, sugar and chilli into a small saucepan and bring to the boil, then simmer for 3 minutes.
Scoop out the chilli and throw away the seeds.
Pour the mixture over the noodles.
Add the rest of the ingredients, except the peanuts, and toss together.
Sprinkle with the nuts.