The Cure for Stress

So that is one cure. OR a good cure is going to a friend’s house for dinner and girl talk!

I went to my friend Star’s house for dinner after work. She is one of the best cooks I know but unfortunately she doesn’t measure or follow recipes when she cooks! I can never recreate her masterpieces because of that.

Dinner was vegetarian soup. She made her famous cornbread too.

The “recipe” for her cornbread is:

Bob’s Red Mill Cornbread mix

Splash of vanilla

Small can of chopped chilies (mild)

Handful of corn

Pour into an iron skillet and top with grated sharp smoked cheese.  The cheese will sink into the cornbread as it bakes. Bake it according to the package.

Delicious! I love her cornbread. Topped with a little melted butter and it’s the perfect side dish.

Now for the amazing soup.

  • The night before, she soaked a cup of black beans.
  • With a potato masher, mash the black beans into a puree.
  • Chop a whole sweet onion and a red and yellow pepper.
  • Sautee the veggies in a skillet with garlic and butter.
  • Pour a couple quarts of vegetable broth into a pot.
  • Add the sauteed veggies.
  • Toss in an entire cube of low fat cream cheese.
  • 1 can of roasted tomatoes (don’t drain liquid) and 1 can of Rotell.
  • Add frozen corn and frozen soy beans.
  • Add some dry brown rice.
  • Simmer for at least an hour and a half.

It was creamy and delicious. A storm was brewing outside. When I arrived at her house (my old apartment building too) the wind was kicking up and the clouds were threatening rain. A creamy soup was the perfect meal for a rainy night.

I got seconds. It was just too good not to.

My friend Star had some recent illnesses and she switched to a 90% vegan diet. She looked healthy, happy and has lost some weight. The program she’s doing seems to be working. I don’t know that I could be vegan. I just love dairy too much.

Talking with a girlfriend about stress usually makes me feel better. The current situational stressors have been taking a toll. I wish I could say the soup cured me! It didn’t but it did make me feel a little bit better.

QUESTION: How do you de-stress?

Author: Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

9 thoughts on “The Cure for Stress”

  1. Hmmmm…be eating it!

    Just kidding (kinda!). Lately I de-stress by curling up and reading a good book, going for a walk, or taking a nice hot bath. Hanging out with girlfriends is also a great way to relax!

    That cornbread looks amazing.

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