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Watercress soup

Picture by Ivy Vo Campbell

Watercress soup

Watercress soup is such a comfort food that reminds me of my mum bringing fresh bunches of green home from the fruit and veg store, ready to be turned into this delicious meal. Watercress is high in iron, calcium and antioxidants. Just a few good reasons to include this vegetable in your diet.

Ingredients

1 bunch Watercress

1 Onion

½ Fennel

1 large Potato

6 cups Water

Vegetable stock cube (optional)

Olive oil

1 clove Garlic

Salt  

Pepper

1 small Carrot chopped (optional)

Wash watercress thoroughly. Chop the stems and leaves finely. Set aside.(Divide into1/2 and1/2)

Peel and chop onion finely, along with fennel and potato.

Add a small amount of olive oil to a large pot and set to high and add the onion and fennel to sauté for a few minutes.

Chop the garlic finely and add, followed by potato.

Add 6 cups water and stock cube. Once the water reaches a boil, turn down to simmer, add ½ the watercress and cover for 20 minutes.

Turn off the heat and add ½ of the watercress that is left.  keeping some aside for the garnish)

Use a stick blender to puree.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with a sprinkle of fresh watercress and a dollop of yoghurt (optional).

Sesame crusted Tofu Quinoa bowl

This is such a great recipe for powering up vegetarians.

Its high in protein and contains great nutrients for optimising red blood cells, maintaining healthy bowels and supporting great skin.

You can also make a few servings to have for another lunch or dinner.

Ingredients:

500g Firm Tofu

½ Avocado

1 cup Quinoa

3 tbs Sesame seeds

Canned Lentils

1 bunch Spinach

Vegetable stock 2 cups

3 Tbs Tamari

1 tsp ginger

Drain and slice your tofu into squares.

Place in a bowl with tamari and grated ginger.

Marinate whilst preparing quinoa.

Place quinoa in saucepan with stock to cover. Heat  until stock  is absorbed. (Approximately 10—15minutes )

While quinoa is cooking, slice your avocado and set aside.

Rinse your spinach, chop into small pieces.

Drain the tin of lentils

Add the spinach to the quinoa to wilt for the last 5 minutes.

Heat a non stick frypan and add sesame seeds for a minute to toast. Set aside in a bowl.

Add the tofu to the frypan and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. Take each tofu slice and coat in sesame seeds.

Serve the quinoa and spinach in a bowl. Add a few slices of tofu, some of the lentils and garish with avocado.

Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Natural Remedies for Hayfever

It’s Spring time and all those gorgeous blooms are coming out along with a high pollen count.

If you suffer from hayfever, you may like to try some of the following natural remedies for support.

  1. Vitamin C is great for stopping secondary infections and is also a natural antihistamine.

2. Homeopathic desensiting. Did you know that you can desensitise yourself to known allergens like grass and pollen, cat fur, dustmite etc through a homeopathic desenstitising treatment which involves taking oral drops of natural antihistamines and your allergens.

3) Garlic and horseradish are well known for their immune antihistamines properties. Tablets are readily available from your local chemist or health store.

4) Raw Local Honey contains bee pollen which may help you desentise to pollens in your area

5) Ginger: Consuming ginger in food,juices or tea may reduce inflammation and help your hayfever symptoms.

6) Eucalyptus or Lavender essential oil inhaled may assist the opening of your sinus passages and reduce inflammation and irritation.

7) Probiotics can help balance your gut bacteria which effects your immune response.

8) Kiwi Fruit contains bromelain which is a natural anti-inflammatory. Consuming them may help reduce sinus pressure and irritation.

This is a general advice only. For ongoing sinus, allergic issues, seek specific advice from your natural health care professional.

To learn more about homeopathic desensitising for your allergies, Contact Dragonfly Natural Therapies Centre for more information.