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Researchers at the University of Essex discovered that only 5 minutes of activity such as walking, gardening, boating, bicycling, horse back riding, even just laying back and fishing improves mental health and boosts mood and self-esteem.

According to Kate Kelland at Reuters News, “Many studies have shown that outdoor exercise can reduce the risk of mental illness and improve a sense of well-being, but Jules Pretty and Jo Barton, who led this study, said that until now no one knew how much time needed to be spent on green exercise for the benefits to show.”

The study looked at 1,252 people of different ages, genders and mental health status taken from 10 existing studies in Britain.

The study further noted, “All natural environments were beneficial, including parks in towns or cities, but green areas with water appeared to have a more positive effect.”

The best part of this news is just takes 5 minutes a day.

 

Featured Recipe                Nutty Cheese Ravioli.

Regular readers of this blog know that I prefer to cook real food. Fast food or boxed meals have little appeal for me. But sometimes life is hectic. And then even I enjoy the convenience of ready made foods.  So today I am sharing a recipe that uses a store-bought pasta product for those days when you need to get something on the table super fast.

From start to table this recipe will only take about 20 minutes.

This recipe is based on a Taste Of Home recipe. I tweaked it just a bit. First, this time I used ravioli. The original recipe calls for tortellini. But the grocery store was out of it today. So I bought the ravioli instead.

The original recipe also calls for parsley. But the first time I made this recipe the parsley was too strong for me. It over-powered the taste of every other flavor in this meal. Even when I cut the amount of parsley down it was just too strong. So I substitute chopped chives. 

This is what you will need for 3 people:

1 – 9 ounce package of ravioli or tortellini

1 stick of butter (½ cup) cubed

¼ cup chopped chives

1/3 cup walnuts (you can toast them if you like)

¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese

Dash of coarse ground pepper

Here is what you do:

Cook the ravioli according to package directions; drain.

In the same pan melt the butter.

Add the ravioli to the butter and gently toss to coat the ravioli.

Add half of the cheese to the pan and gently toss with the ravioli.

Pour the ravioli into a serving dish and sprinkle with the walnuts and the chives.

Sprinkle over the remaining cheese.

Doesn’t that look scrumptious. I just love the crunchiness of the nuts. I think eating nuts is where I get my nuttiness from.

Serve and enjoy.

Today I served this with a salad of red and white grapefruit and orange slices over Romaine lettuce. I made a dressing of a bit of the citrus juices from the fruit, Dijon mustard, chopped shallots with a pinch of pepper.

 

Bon Appetite!!!

Costs

1 – 9 ounce package of ravioli                      $3.68

1 stick of butter (½ cup) cubed                     $0.50

¼ cup chopped chives                                 $0.75

1/3 cup walnuts                                           $1.25

¼ cup shredded parmesan cheese                $1.00

Total cost for 3 = $7.18
Cost per person = $2.39

The salad cost an additional $0.90 per person.

Quote of the Day

Even in a country like the USA where fitness has become an obsession, most people exercising do not seem to think it illogical to drive automobiles to gyms while doing their best to avoid walking                

Dave Wilson

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