1 closed fist = 3 greens, 2 yellows

Serves 4 

This bowl is packed with mood enhancing foods! Green tea has a number of mood-boosting nutrients, including L-theanine, an amino acid that helps fight anxiety. Salmon is high in omega 3 fatty acids which is a key mood-boosting nutrient. Omega-3s alter brain chemicals linked with mood, specifically dopamine and serotonin. Dark leafy greens like spinach are loaded with magnesium, a mineral that, among other things, helps reduce anxiety. This recipe cooks within 30 minutes and can be made ahead and reheated. 

Ingredients

For the Salmon:

  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and grated
  • 1” piece fresh ginger, peeled & grated
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced; white/light green parts for poaching and dark green parts for garnish
  • 3 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • A pinch salt & fresh ground pepper
  • 1 18.5oz bottle of Pure Leaf Unsweetened Green Tea
  • 4 4oz salmon filets, deboned, skin removed

For the Noodle Bowl:

  • 1 9.5 oz package soba noodles
  • 4 small radishes, sliced into rounds
  • ½ cup matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach
  • Optional garnish: sesame seeds, chili flakes, fresh cilantro, lime wedges.

Directions

  1. Boil water for the soba noodles and cook according to package instructions. Drain and set aside. 
  2. To a medium saute pan add garlic, ginger, white/light green parts of scallions, mirin, soy sauce, salt, pepper and green tea. Heat over low. When slow bubbles start to form add the salmon. Cook undisturbed for 7-9 minutes, until the salmon is opaque throughout.
  3. Divide cooked noodles, radish slices, carrots, and spinach among 4 shallow bowls. Top each with 1 piece of salmon and gently pour the poaching liquid over top. Add garnish, sesame seeds, chili flakes, cilantro and reserved scallion greens. Serve with a lime wedge. 

Tip

If making ahead, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave on high in 30 second increments until warmed through.