Watercress: peppery tasting and beautiful looking! This is by far one of my favorite greens! I love the depth of flavor and the fact that it pairs so well with so many other foods. I don’t have an actual “recipe” for this amazingly rich mineral herb – my “go to” way of eating this green is to just throw a HUGE handful on my plate and whatever entree I am making, I throw on top of it. Voila! Lunch or dinner is served! My husbands favorite way…. a beautifully seared filet mignon on a bed of watercress that is splashed with olive oil, a splash of white balsamic vinegar and a dash of himalayan sea salt. Can we all say “easy”?!
Now here’s my favorite part of this tasty little green: 85% of its calories are due to protein! (always a major help with weight management!) It is rich in iodine, iron, vitamins A, C and E, if full of antioxidants and folate. I don’t know if you’ve caught recent episodes of Dr. Oz or check out his website periodically, but he has been known to say that watercress paired with salmon is especially effective in reducing risks of kidney cancer, leukemia as well as skin and breast cancer. Good to know!! (Have you fallen in love with this green a little more just now?)
I am thrilled that pretty much every grocery store sells Watercress now! It makes it so easy to eat healthy!! Just remember to buy organic! With all the pesticides used, organic is the only safe way to eat – especially with such a fragile, small herb as this one is!