Brain Food

Drew RamsayDrew Ramsey, M.D., our consultant on matters of food and the brain, has hand-picked LC recipes that will fuel your body and feed your brain. He is a nationally recognized thought leader in mental health and nutritional psychiatry. He is a board certified adult psychiatrist with specialization in the treatment of mood disorders and anxiety, using integrative psychiatry and nutrition. He is the founder of the Brain Food Clinic in NYC, and author of Eat CompleteFifty Shades of Kale, and the Happiness Diet.  Dr. Ramsey is a faculty member at Columbia University Department of Psychiatry and has been in active clinical practice for 15 years.

A plate with two grilled salmon and zucchini skewers with potatoes on the side

Grilled Salmon and Zucchini Skewers

Hallelujah, come on get happy. These babies take just a bit of time to put together and a mere 10 minutes to cook. Grab a plate and belly up to the grill, kids.

A white bowl full of buctini pasta, covered with grated cheese and parsley.

Pasta with Anchovies and Onions

If you know Chris McDade, you know he loves the salty umami bombs known as anchovies. Let this effortless pasta show you why we’re obsessed, too.

A blue plate topped with shrimp scampi with zucchini noodles.

Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

A lightened-up version of shrimp scampi replaces butter-soaked noodles for olive-oil kissed zoodles. Don’t worry, it’s still got lots of garlicky shrimp.

A bowl filled with spaghetti with scallops.

Spaghetti with Scallops

Elegant and easy, Guiliano Hazan’s recipe for a stunning 30-minute pasta dinner turns out classic Italian fare without any fuss at all.

A piece of smoked salmon with bourbon marinade on a baking sheet with lemon slices and a fork.

Smoked Salmon with Bourbon Marinade

Give your smoker something to look forward to—sweet tea and bourbon are a swoon-worthy marinade for a salmon fillet. Leftovers are perfect for bagels and cream cheese.

Three crab cakes with ritz crackers on a metal tray with a small bowl of lemon butter, lemon wedges, and dill sprigs nearby.

Crab Cakes with Ritz Crackers

Plump little bits of crab and not much else, these morsels are better than typical crab cakes. A crisp crust and a buttery lemon sauce are all it takes to make dinner perfect.

Several bowls of orzo salad with grilled vegetables and a person scooping some from a larger bowl.

Orzo Salad with Grilled Vegetables

A light dinner for when you just can’t face the thought of heating up your kitchen in the summer. Just slice and grill your way to a sublimely citrusy, veggie-filled pasta salad.

Four scoops of blueberry frozen yogurt in a wooden bowl with a spoon resting beside it.

Blueberry Frozen Yogurt

No sugar. No creepy preservatives. Nothing but blueberries, plain yogurt, honey, lemon juice, purple smiles, and requests for seconds.

Two whole grilled trout on a grate over an ope fire with a dish of mushrooms and two grilled lemon halves on the side.

Grilled Trout

Nothing is more romantic than cooking grilled trout in the open air. Well, maybe that’s a stretch. Still, it’s a damn good recipe.