Watercress is Fast coming into the Super Food Range -All Fresh Vegetables are Super Foods!!!!
It has Amazing Health Benefits and makes a Great Base to any Salad or Sandwich
Watercress is actually a part of the cruciferous (also known as brassica) family of vegetables along with Kale, Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts
Here is How to Make this Great Salad and The Great Benefits of Watercress
Great Things about Watercress
Watercress could be called the fast health food in previous times. As it was a free and an important source of sustenance throughout Europe and the US in the 19th century. Given the nickname “poor man’s bread,” bunches were often rolled into a cone and eaten as an on-the-go breakfast sandwich – much less expensive than the real thing.
A nutrient-rich perennial plant growing naturally around slow moving water sources, watercress has been known for centuries as an exceptionally nutritious herb for both eating and healing. It can be used in sandwiches, salads, and steamed as a side dish, it adds a tangy, peppery flavour as well as a plethora of minerals and vitamins – more than that of spinach, milk or oranges. Vitamins A, C, and K, and phytonutrients like isothiocyanates and gluconasturtiin in watercress strengthen bones, limit neuronal damage, fight infection, help maintain healthy connective tissue, and prevent iron deficiency. Studies have found the compound PEITC in watercress may suppress breast cancer cell development and prevent DNA damage in cells. You can find this oft-overlooked leafy green in most supermarkets, so give it a try when you make your next green salad or sandwich. Remember, watercress from stagnant water may host harmful parasites or pathogens, so rinse and soak well before eating.
Enjoy!! As an accompliment to any Meal or as an Easy Meal on its own
Watercress, Pear & Baby Spinach Salad – (Serves 2)
What you need:
- •2 cups watercress, trimmed, use sprigs
- •2 cups baby spinach, trim stalks
- •2 pears, Sliced
- •Ground Pepper to taste
- •1 carrot, grated
- •1 capsicum finely sliced
- •1 red onion finely sliced
- •1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
- •1 tblespn fresh ginger, roughly chopped
- •¼ cup seasoned rice vinegar
- •¼ cup smooth almond butter mix with 2 tblespn hot water
- •1½ tblespn raw honey or Maple Syrup
- •½ tspn chili paste, or to taste
- •3 tblespn toasted sesame oil
What to do:
- Place watercress and spinach in a large bowl. Cut pears into thick matchstick-like slices. Toss gently with the watercress and spinach. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place all dressing ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Drizzle dressing over salad and garnish with grated carrot and toasted sesame seeds.
For variations you can add chicken, feta cheese, pine nuts, beetroot grated