Vegetable Watercress Soup Recipe
A while back I watched some horrific video on how our meat is handled while it still has a heartbeat, and decided to become a vegetarian. It was short-lived, however, when I discovered that there were humane ways to put meat in the grocery store.
During my veggie loving stint, I discovered a cookbook with a bunch of intimidating ingredients that I’d normally be too afraid to try. This recipe is for 4 servings, but I found that it fed a very hungry me in only 2 servings. So there’s your warning. You’ll wonder how you didn’t try cooking something this delicious a long time ago.
I suggest using organic ingredients, as organic vegetables have a significantly better taste. In my opinion, tomatoes shouldn’t come in a Styrofoam package, all uniformly the same size. Challenge yourself and your family; buy the same veggies, organic and non, and taste the difference!
|Prep Time||40 min|
|Cook Time||1 hr|
- 2 Carrots extra
- 2 Leeks extra
- 1 cup Baby Corn whole
- 1/2 head Broccoli
- 1/2 head Cauliflower
- 1 cup Sugar Snap Peas
- 2-3 tbsp Soy Sauce
- 1-2 tbsp Sesame Oil
- 2 cups Watercress Sprigs to serve
For the Soup
- To make the stock, heat the oil in a large pan and cook the vegetables, covered, for 5 minutes, without coloring. Add the ginger and 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer 1 hour.
- Cut the extra carrots and celery into strips. Cut the corn in half lengthways and trim the broccoli and cauliflower into florets.
- Strain the stock and discard vegetables. Strain again, back into the pan, and bring the stock to a simmer. Add the carrot and corn, and cook for 3 minutes. Add the celery, leek, broccoli, cauliflower, and sugar snap peas and cook for 3-4 minutes. Do not over cook the vegetables-they should be tender and crisp.
- Add the soy sauce and sesame oil and season to taste. Stir in the watercress and serve immediately.
For stronger tasting stock, simmer with vegetable for up to 4 hours. I like to make the stock in large quantities in advance and freeze it.
By Helen Aitken
Adapted from VEGETARIAN Tasty Recipes for Every Day
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