Pan-Seared Salmon w/Miso Watercress PestoThe Happiness Diet was published by psychiatrists Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey in 2011. In it, they celebrate the victory of mood-boosting ingredients, and these are included in the “Pan-Seared Salmon with Miso Watercress Pesto & Lentil-Black Rice Salad,” from the January/February 2016 issue of Every Day with Rachael Ray. I giggled at the notion of black rice leading to “increased optimism.”

Already, I love the ingredients: salmon, pesto, turmeric, miso, black rice, almonds, lentils. Already, I’m happy.

The watercress pesto rises above the basil pesto I’m accustomed to. It’s fresh, tart, green -- thrilling, really. Message here: if you see good watercress, grab it and make pesto.

This recipe is so easy to pull together. Salmon is an “easy fish” that must appeal to all non-cooks.

Celebrate this meal and call it “happiness.” Increased optimism, indeed.

Dried Brown Lentils (.40 lb.) = .65¢
Black Rice (.48 lb.) = $1.21
Raw Almonds (1 cup) = $1.45
Watercress (2 cups) = $4.20
Salmon Fillets (24 oz.) = $23.16

PREP TIME: pull everything together within an hour
TASTE: hearty, earthy lentils and black rice platform ample salmon that’s decorated with the tart green watercress pesto

Next time, I want to make the “Salami Cheddar Lentil Muffins,” from Food Lust People Love, because they sound so ridiculous. Come back to my site next week, to see what happens.