Recipes for Foods That Fight Pain

Looking for a natural home remedy for your aches and pains? Science shows some foods may help fight pain naturally. Ginger and sour cherries have been shown to help soothe sore muscles. Salmon and other omega-3-rich foods may help with inflamed joints and troubled tummies. Coffee could help relieve your headache. Sage may help soothe your sore throat. Try these healthy recipes featuring pain-fighting ingredients.

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Braised Summer Vegetables with a Green Herb Sauce

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This sophisticated dish of braised summer vegetables--beans, tomatoes, bell pepper, carrots and more--drizzled with a pestolike sauce made from garden-fresh herbs was inspired by a stroll through the farmers' market. Feel free to mix up the produce based on what you have on hand, and make extra sauce since it freezes well and is perfect for tossing with pasta or swirling into soups. If they're available, try adding fresh fava beans or other shell beans to bump up the protein in this quintessential summer dish.

Peach, Rhubarb & Ginger Crisp

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In this fruit crisp, the crunchy oatmeal topping and the peach-rhubarb filling get a lively kick from finely chopped crystallized ginger. (If you're not a ginger fan just leave it out.) The fruit filling is sweetened to match the peach-rhubarb combination--if you use other fruit that is very ripe and/or sweet, reduce the sugar in the filling to 3 tablespoons. The topping can be made ahead, so consider making a double batch and storing half in the freezer to have on hand for a quick dessert.

Salmon Chowder

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The flavor of this salmon chowder is greatly enhanced by adding either fresh dill or dried tarragon: each herb lends its own distinctively different and appealing character to the soup. Even if you don't keep instant mashed potatoes in your pantry, it's worth picking some up for this soup. They give the soup a thick, chowder texture without any heavy cream or butter. Leftover mashed potatoes work too, but give a slightly less-velvety texture. Recipe by Nancy Baggett for EatingWell.