nutritional information

Per 1 1/2-cup serving:

  • Calories: 117
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Total Fat: 3 g
  • Saturated Fat: <1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 20 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Sugar: 3 g
Gluten-Free

Watercress Soup

Watercress Soup

Serves 4

Rather than using broth to help flavor this soup, we’ve turned to ground fenugreek, a spice found in curry powders.
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp. ground fenugreek
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 4 cups watercress leaves (4 oz.), plus 4 sprigs for garnish
  • ½ cup low-fat buttermilk, optional

1. Heat oil in saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in garlic and fenugreek, and cook 1 minute more. Add potatoes, thyme sprigs, and 4 cups water; season with salt and pepper, if desired. Cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 20 minutes. Stir in watercress leaves, and cook 3 to 4 minutes, or until watercress is wilted and tender, but still bright green.

2. Remove thyme sprigs, and purée soup with hand blender until smooth. Stir in buttermilk, if using, and warm 2 to 3 minutes, without boiling. Serve garnished with watercress sprigs and ground black pepper.

April/May 2011 p.61

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comments

This sounds like a great recipe except for the canola oil. Canola oil is a very unhealthy oil, very processed. Olive oil, grape seed or coconut oil are healthier alternatives.

Christine - 2014-05-12 21:03:34

I think whenever the ingredient "canola," "corn," "soy," "sugar" (vs. "cane sugar") is used, there should be an indication to use non-gmo (because these are generally 95% GMO in the US). A lot of people, even though interested in healthy eating, might not know. In particular, "vegetable oil" maybe a combination of the first three "vegetables." Since Ayurveda emphasizes so much on oils as carriers of herbs, I think it is worth being cautious, kind of like "Labeling Recipes" voluntarily. Actually, more people might read Vegetarian Times, if you had this policy.

Gina - 2012-04-24 10:52:14