Lately I have felt the need to get back to more natural eating during my weekdays. Too much work has lead to quickly grabbing a sandwich or whatever was closest and I feel the toll on my body, skin, energy. So last week I decided to have only fish and veggies for dinner during the week. Lunch is hard to do with the unpredictability of my location and ability to eat a packed lunch–so I will start with dinner.
I stopped by the asian market on my way home from work and picked up two large bunches of watercress for 99cents each. What a deal!
For those of you unfamiliar with watercress, it is similar to spinach, with smaller leaves and more stem:
A quick google turned up some interesting facts I was not aware of:
Watercress contains significant amounts of iron, calcium and folic acid, in addition to vitamins A and C. In some regions watercress is regarded as a weed, in other regions as an aquatic vegetable or herb. Watercress crops grown in the presence of animal waste can be a haven for parasites such as the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica.
Many benefits from eating watercress are claimed, such as that it acts as a mild stimulant, a source of phytochemicals and antioxidants, a diuretic, an expectorant, and a digestive aid. It also appears to have cancer-suppressing properties. It is widely believed to help defend against lung cancer.
I just picked it up b/c i was thinking of the “rau muon” my mom often makes that is fiber-y, fresh, light. I have no idea of this veggie is watercress or not, but it is similar.
The tastiest way, in my opinion, to eat this delicious veggie is to boil it quickly and dip it in soy sauce or fish sauce as you eat it. It probably takes about 3 min to be done. Don’t over cook, but just enough to wilt the stems.
You can see here the boiled watercress at the bottom right of my plate. It was so refreshing, i ended up eating an entire bunch in my meal!! talk about getting some fiber! On top of the watercress you see some tilapia I pan fried with mango, thai basil, garlic salt and pepper.
What an awesome, healthy meal!
I couldn’t stop thinking about how fresh and filling the watercress was that I ate a whole ‘nother bunch the next night. 🙂 Now I am officially obsessed with all things green and leafy!