Creamy Wild Watercress & Nettle Soup

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Wild watercress and nettles are sprouting in Wisconsin, and they are quite the culinary treat!

High in calcium, iron, vitamin c, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, vitamin E, vitamin K, lutein, b vitamins, and many more, watercress is rich in potent antioxidants that help to fight cancer. It’s been found to help smokers or those exposed to secondhand smoke excrete the toxins found in cigarettes from their urine in just 3 days.  It’s also good for liver problems.

Stinging nettles are my go-to safe alternative to allergy drugs. They help hayfever and any type of allergies, supporting the immune system and anti-inflammatory response naturally, instead of just covering up symptoms like drugs. This mint can be used for prostate problems, PMS, asthma, bronchitis, sciatica, tendonitis, multiple sclerosis, gout, hives, kidney stones, sciatica, high blood pressure, & eczema. Just about one cup of this veggie will give you half the calcium you need for the day, with good amounts of magnesium, manganese, iron, b vitamins, vitamin k, beta carotene, and potassium.

Both greens are excellent for treating anemia, purifying the blood, and for arthritis.   Note: Be careful not to touch the nettles without gloves- they bite!

Ingredients:

2 cups MSG-free vegetable broth

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or organic butter

1 small onion, roughly chopped

1 bunch of watercress

1 bunch of nettles

2 medium potatoes, peeled & chopped

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives

¼ cup organic whole plain yogurt, extra to garnish (eliminate to make vegan)

Sprinkle of chives to garnish

Himalayan salt & black pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Bring the broth to a boil, and add the potatoes. Meanwhile in a large saucepan, heat the butter/oil over medium heat. Add the nettles, watercress, and onions. Turn heat down a bit and cook until the onions are translucent. Once your potatoes are tender, add the cooked greens mixture to the pot and boil for a couple minutes. Place in your food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add the yogurt, then season to taste with the salt & pepper. Ladle into bowls immediately and enjoy!

Megan M. Kerkhoff, CHC, AADP, CFH

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Strengthen your bones with “Sweets ‘n Beets”

Who has room in their bellies for a whole salad of beet greens, a large beet, an apple, a tangerine, and a whole sweet potato? I sure don’t, so I created a delicious fresh juice instead. And I shall call my creation “Sweets ‘n Beets!”
It has a mild, earthy, and pleasantly sweet flavor to it. I have a ton more energy already and I’m only halfway through drinking it!

So what are the benefits?
This juice cleanses the liver, aids the lymphatic and digestive systems, flushes out uric acid, builds the blood and red blood cells, keeps gums healthy, promotes strong connective tissue, promotes wound healing, lowers risk of cancer, increases energy, lowers cholesterol, protects against viruses, alkalizes your pH, prevents birth defects and reduces nicotine cravings. The beets are great for preventing osteoporosis and keeping your teeth healthy.

It treats: liver & gallbladder problems, kidney stones, stomach and intestine maladies, anemia, weakness, blood disorders, liver problems, and depression (increases serotonin).

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“The beet is the most intense of vegetables. The radish, admittedly, is more feverish, but the fire of the radish is a cold fire, the fire of discontent not of passion. Tomatoes are lusty enough, yet there runs through tomatoes an undercurrent of frivolity. Beets are deadly serious.

Slavic peoples get their physical characteristics from potatoes, their smoldering inquietude from radishes, their seriousness from beets.

The beet is the melancholy vegetable, the one most willing to suffer. You can’t squeeze blood out of a turnip…

The beet is the murderer returned to the scene of the crime. The beet is what happens when the cherry finishes with the carrot. The beet is the ancient ancestor of the autumn moon, bearded, buried, all but fossilized; the dark green sails of the grounded moon-boat stitched with veins of primordial plasma; the kite string that once connected the moon to the Earth now a muddy whisker drilling desperately for rubies.

The beet was Rasputin’s favorite vegetable. You could see it in his eyes.”

― Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume

How to get your greens when it’s too cold for a salad

When you want a warm salad...

What to make for lunch? To complement my acupuncture treatments, I’ve adopted a special diet to balance my liver and kidneys. Dark leafy greens are extraordinarily iron & folate-rich, and help to transport nutrients. I normally would eat them in a salad, but my special diet requires less raw foods. So here is my creation for today- a whole head of Russian kale!
Ingredients:
A large bunch of kale, cut into ribbons
The juice of ¼ a fresh lemon
A tbsp of organic butter
A dash of sea salt
Freshly minced garlic (1/2 clove)
2 mushrooms, roughly chopped

Melt your butter in a frying pan on medium heat. Throw in the mushrooms; once they are fully cooked, combine the rest of the ingredients. I sautéed this for about 10 minutes. My husband was very impressed!