Friday, April 15, 2011

Creamy Watercress Soup

Watercress is a spring-time perrenial green leafy and member of the brassica (cabbage) family. It has a mildly spicy flavor and is a great mix-in to spring time salads! When the flavor is a little too strong for those first-timer tastebuds- a simple and nourishing soup is a great way to tone down the spice and tang of Watercress.

A few noted health benefits to the watercress plant include:
  • Watercress contains significant amounts of iron, calcium and folic acid, in addition to vitamin C.
  • Many benefits from eating watercress are claimed, such as that it acts as a stimulant, a source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, a diuretic, an expectorant, and a digestive aid.
  •  It also appears to have antiangiogenic cancer-suppressing properties; it is widely believed to help defend against lung cancer.
  • A 2010 study conducted by the University of Southampton found that consumption of watercress may also inhibit the growth of breast cancer.
  •  High iodine content- watercress has a strengthening effect on the thyroid gland and can be beneficial for those with thyroid disorders.  [source]

Ingredients for Warm Watercress Soup:
  • 1 small onion
  • Butter or Ghee for sauteeing
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 big sprig dill
  • 1 potato, sliced (for a thicker consistency, but you could sub out for another onion if you are on GAPS.)
  • 17 fl oz   homemade chicken broth or stock
  • 1 bunch organic watercress, chopped
  • 2 pastured egg yolks
  • 8 fl oz grassfed cream
  • Real Sea Salt
  • Grassfed sour cream or cheese for topping

    Step 1: Cook the onion and potato

    In a medium soup pan, saute onion and potato in butter and remove from heat once the vegetables are about to turn brown. Pour in half a cup of water and cover the pan with lid. Allow the mixture to cook until the vegetables are soft and tender.

    Step 2: Add greens, egg and cream

    Toss in the chopped greens and pour the broth into the pan. Add the egg and half of the cream. Use an immersion blender and set it in medium speed. Allow the mixture to puree and whip until you achieved a light and frothy texture. Mix in remaining cream when done heating.

    Step 3: Garnish and serve

    Add salt and whip thoroughly. Place the soup in a bowl and serve hot. Top the soup with grassfed organic sour cream or cheese and small sprig of watercress.
    This Soup is a delicious transition from the 'soupy' months of winter and INTO the sunny days of SPRING!!
    -Nourishing Creations-

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