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Georgetown University and the University of Ulster, England; have been doing research and studies on how watercress is beneficial in fighting cancer!   

Model, Liz Hurley: “a martyr to watercress soup and crisps”

“Liz Hurley survives on watercress soup and drinks warm water to keep her looking good²“ The model and actress reveals she sticks to the diet to keep her slim figure, but constantly craves for Smokey Bacon crisps. Liz, 35, the *1.2m face of Estee Lauder has a “Cheat's Guide” to looking good. She says: "I'm appalling at keeping myself in tip-top shape. If I'm not filming or doing photographs I can revert to the Wild Woman of Wonga look." To keep hunger at bay she makes her own watercress soup. Liz said: "It's fatless, low calorie, full of vitamins and iron and delicious enough to serve at a dinner party. I drink at least six cups (Watercress Soup) a day when eager to lose a few pounds."  


WATERCRESS SOUP Watercress is frequently mentioned as a food staple in the twelfth-century manuscript Agallamh na Seanorach (The Colloquy of the Old Men). Legend has it that it was watercress that enabled St Brendan to live the ripe old age of 180! Watercress “Sprouts provide up to 600% more vitamins than the full grown plant³” and Watercress Kits have only organic seeds and Seed Mats; so no worries about contamination and bacteria that can be found in soil, wild cress and non-organic plants & sprouts! Yield: 6 Servings  


§ 3 Tablespoons sweet (unsalted) butter


§ 1 1/4 cups potatoes, peeled and chopped


§ 1 1/4 cups yellow onion, chopped finely


§ Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


§ 2 1/2 cups chicken stock (I use Chicken) or use vegetable stock


§ 2 1/2 cups creamy milk or for reduced calorie low fat milk


§ 1-1 ½ cups Organic Watercress Kits Sprouts! (rinse & remove most seed hulls, this can be done with an hors d'oeuvre fork or a regular fork)Seed Hull Removal


(Finely chop & use the entire sprout, the root of the sprouts can be stringy that's why I have found it better to finely chop or even puree the entire sprout.  Also, sprouts have just as much flavor as the full grown plant and up to 600% more vitamins so do not juice them it will be too strong!)


Method: Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed sauté pan. When it foams, add the potatoes and onions and toss until well coated. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper (add mixed veggies if desired). Cover the pan and sweat the vegetables over low heat for 10 minutes. Add the stock and the milk bring to a boil and cook until the potatoes and onions are soft. (If you are going to wait on serving the soup and you are cooking it ahead of time, wait until about 10 minutes before you are ready to eat the soup before you add the watercress, and then follow the next two steps!)

Add the watercress and boil with the lid off for approximately 4 to 5 minutes till the watercress is cooked. Do not overcook so the soup maintains it nutrients. (This soup will be a lighter color due to the tender sprouts)

Puree the soup in a blender or food processor (CAUTION: Be careful when blending hot soup, it can blow up on you, look at blender instructions) Taste & add a little more salt & pepper if necessary. Divide among 6 soup bowls & serve.

Note: You can add 1 cup of cooked mixed frozen veggies, sautéed celery and/or leek. And, if extra calories don’t matter; add 1-2 teaspoons bacon grease for flavor, when you’re cooking the potatoes & onions. Make the recipe your own;

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Attention: When juicing watercress, Do not drink the whole watercress juice or watercress sprout juice straight or by itself it is to powerful and could harm you, the ratio should be 1 teaspoon watercress sprout juice with; or combined with 10 ounces or more of liquid and/or other juices and water!  Remember, that sprouts are power packed raw food.  If you choose to disregard this information and important guidelines you are doing so at your own risk.