Upland cress is high in phytonutrients, such as iodine, iron and phosphorus, as well as antioxidant vitamin A and C. It also has 14.76 mg of lutein per four (4) ounces, which is great for eye sight.
Upland cress has a peppery flavor much like arugula, and will add zing to your favorite sandwich or salad recipes. It is also reported that Cress soup can cleanse the blood in the Spring after a long cold winter. Cress is often recommended in cholesterol lowering and weight reduction programs, making it an alternative medicine.
To start you will need the following:
Sweet Onion and Apple Vinaigrette
½ cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp. grated sweet onion
¼ cup peeled and finely Gala apple
4 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sugar
3 tbsp. avocado oil
When grating the onions and apples use the small holes of the grater.
Mix all ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
Next wash 4 cups of Upland cress and set aside.
Dice up 1 mango into 1-inch chunks, or optional to use packaged thawed mango chunks, about 1 cup. Next peel and pit one firm, but ripe avocado, and slice.
Shred 1 1/2 cups of chicken meat or cut off in chunks from a fresh made rotisserie chicken.
Arrange cress onto plate, and top with mango chunks, meat, and avocado slices. Next pour or spoon on the vinaigrette.
According to Power Your Diet, cress contains under 1/2 mgs of oxalic acid per 100 grams of leaves. Oxalic acid occurs naturally in some vegetables, which can crystallize as oxalate stones in the urinary tract in some people. If you know that you have oxalate urinary tract stones it is advisable to avoid eating vegetables belong to the Brassica family.
Being a Brassica family vegetable, cress may also contain goitrogens, which may interfere with thyroid hormone production and can cause thyroxin hormone deficiency in individuals with thyroid dysfunction.
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