3 After-Drinks Dinners You Can Make in Minutes (and will help combat hangover woes)

Good decisions are almost never made post-drinking, and though it’s true for many cases (there’s a reason “drunk texting exes” is an infamous pastime), it’s especially true for food. The first thing most of us do after stumbling out of the subway or Uber is make a beeline to the 24-hour taco truck down the block, or fire up the Seamless app while getting into pajamas. Though that’s what seems great in the moment, it can definitely have you feeling worse for wear the next day — for your body and your wallet.

If you’re on a tight budget, those impaired eating decisions can really wreak havoc on your personal finances and mental state. So, instead of leaving yourself vulnerable to late night decisions, stock your fridge with a few items so you’ll know exactly what to whip up the next time you peer into your kitchen with bleary eyes and a rumbling stomach.

And, luckily, the below recipes also help counteract hangover woes and give your body what it needs after being put through the ringer. Still, if you don’t delete certain contacts out of your phone before you head out, you’re on your own…

1.Ricotta Scrambled Eggs with Side Salad

Take “breakfast for dinner” to a whole new level with creamy ricotta cheese. Eggs are cheap, healthy (packed with protein and vitamin D) and contain specific amino acids that help prevent headaches and also can help flush alcoholic toxins from the body. As you’re scrambling, throw in a dollop of ricotta cheese (a bonus if you have chives or fresh herbs as well!), which will make them creamy and comforting, while also adding a little extra protein and calcium to fill you up. A simple side salad, if you have some leftover greens and a spare cucumber or tomato, will add more vitamins and nutrients that your body is likely starving for.

2. Fast Miso Soup

Miso paste is a great item to keep in your fridge — it lasts a while, and all you have to do is add it to water to make a soup broth. Since this soy bean paste is fermented, it can help replenish B vitamins you’ve lost while drinking, and can also aid with digestion. Get a small pot of water boiling and whisk in a few tablespoons of miso (I use red miso, and use the ratio of three tablespoons to six cups of water). Throw in whatever noodles you have in your cabinet, any leftover veggies (spinach, grated carrot, mushrooms and green onion work well), and, the number one ingredient here — fresh ginger (grated or thinly sliced), which will help combat your nausea. When it’s nice and heated through and the noodles are cooked, ladle it in a bowl and enjoy the added bonus of a steam facial! Maybe pretending you’re at the spa for a few seconds will help ease your achy limbs.

3. Hydrating Smoothie

If you can survive the whir of a blender for a minute or so, an ultra-hydrating smoothie is the way to go, as alcohol is very dehydrating. Mix a fresh or frozen banana (if fresh, add a few ice cubes) with ½ cup spinach if you have it (more potassium), ¾ cup coconut water and a spoonful of peanut butter, and you’ll be replenishing electrolytes and hydrating every part of your body that is currently drying out in no time.

NYC food and culture journalist with bylines in NPR The Salt, The Everygirl, AM New York and others. Read more of my work at www.claireleaden.com.

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