Cooking for yourself and your family can do wonders – and social enterprise Cook Yourself Happier is helping spread that message with a series of recipes, videos and podcasts promoting the mental health benefits of spending time in the kitchen.
Setup by chef Catriona MacDougall, Cook Yourself Happier aims to support people affected by mental health issues by helping them to prepare healthy, delicious meals. Recipes include ingredients chosen by nutritional therapist Sarah Ormerod of Thryve Nutrition for their mental health properties, and the selection of dishes is designed to accommodate the mood of the cook on any given day.
The recipes – including a couple shared with Appetite below – are available through videos and blog posts on the website, and Catriona – along with regular Appetite photographer Nicky Rogerson – hosts a podcast too, which you can find links to on the website.
Head over to www.cookyourselfhappier.com and check out a couple of the recipes Catriona and the team have created so far below…