Mood Boosting Recipe: Chickpea & Potato Tagine

Chickpea & Potato Tagine


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2″ rounds
  • 4 Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-25oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 4 Medjool dates, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Harissa (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped (optional)

heat the oil in a 4-quart heavy bottom pot over medium-high heat.
the onions and cook 5-7 minutes until soft.
Stir in
the potatoes and carrots and cook for 5 minutes over medium heat.
Stir in
the turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon.
Stir in
the broth and bring to a gentle simmer.
Cover and reduce
to low and cook for 30 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
Stir in the chickpeas and dates and season with salt and pepper and simmer for 5 minutes.
Stir in the harissa and almonds.
Garnish with cilantro and a slivered almonds.
Serve with Lemon-Herb Couscous.

Mood Boosting Recipe: Lemon-Herb Couscous

Lemon-Herb Couscous


  • 1 ¾ cup water
  • 1 cup whole wheat couscous
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tablespoon olive oil

the water to a boil in the small sauce pot. 
Stir in t
he couscous. Cover and turn off the heat.
Let stand
5-10 minutes until the water has been absorbed.
to a large bowl, add the lemon zest and juice, scallions, cilantro, and olive oil, as well as, salt and pepper to taste. Fluff with a fork to combine. Serve.

Other Options:

  • Serve this couscous as a cold salad.
  • Add chickpeas, diced tomatoes and/or parsley to make a new dish.

Mood Boosting Food

We all are living busy and stressful lives and for many  food is a big part of this stress.  Finding time for healthy cooking and eating just adds to the already too long “to do” list causing more stress to our mind and body. Although food can cause a lot of stress in our lives it can also energize our body and help us to make the most of our busy days.

small change in diet can improve energy levels and how your body responds to stress. So boost your mood and increase your energy, while decreasing your stress, by increasing fresh veggies, seasonal fruits, whole grains and lean protein. It is important to remember to start small this could be as simple as making your Mondays Meatless or upgrading your snacks to include more fruits and veggies.

Head on over to my health coaching site where you can find more information on Mood Boosting Foods and three Mood Boosting Recipes.

Keep your eyes peeled for the following recipes coming up this week:

  • Recipe: Lemon-Herb Whole Wheat Couscous
  • Recipe: Chickpea and Potato Tagine