Watercress, Rocket & Blueberry Salad with Seeds (v)

Quick; disgustingly healthy; vegan; tasty; filling… what else do you need.

For one person you need:
1 cup watercress
1 cup rocket
1 inch cucumber, diced
1/3 cup blueberries
1/4 cup croutons
1 tbsp sunflower seeds

For the dressing combine 1 tbsp white wine vinegar with 1 tbsp hazlenut oil.

Mix, serve, eat.

Veggie Caesar Salad

I love quorn roast and like to use the leftover bit in a veggie version of caesar salad. Make sure whatever dressing you buy is veggie friendly (or make your own with mayo, a little hendersons relish and some white wine vinegar).

For 1 person you need:
1/2 cup watercress
2 leaves romaine lettuce, shredded
2 inch piece of cucumber cut into matchsticks
2 spring onions, sliced
3 slices cold quorn roast, cut into chunks
handful croutons
1-2 tbsp caesar dressing

Place the lettuce and watercress into a large shallow bowl. Top with the cucumber and spring onions. Sprinkle over the quorn roast and croutons and top with the dressing. Enjoy.

Watercress, Tofu and Orange Salad (v)

This ended up tasting like the king prawn chilli noodle salad I used to love from M&S. But quite by accident, I hadn’t intended to make it that way. It’s light, refreshing and kicks a punch at the end from the chilli. Add some noodles to it if you want to include carbs.

For one person you need:
1 orange, skin cut off and cut into segments, retain the juice.
1 cup each of watercress, baby spinach leaves and rocket
2″ piece of cucumber cut into bite sized chunks
1/2 red onion, sliced into half moons
1/3 block taifun smoked tofu, cut into bite sized pieces
2 tbsp hot sweet chilli sauce

Place everything on a plate and layer up. Scoff. Don’t make this with the orange in it the night before like I did cos the acid in the juice will wilt the leaves… Still tasted nice tho.

Noodles with Tofu, Mushrooms and Watercress in Blackbean Sauce (v)

I love watercress and think it’s highly underused as a cooked vegetable. Use it like spinach but appreciate the peppery bite of it more than metallic spinach. This was very quick to throw together and tasted lovely.

For one hungry person you need:
1 bundle noodles
1/2 packet watercress
1 onion, sliced
3-4 mushrooms, sliced
1/2 jar waitrose cooks ingredients blackbean sauce
1 marinated tofu steak, cut into bite sized pieces
1 tsp vegetable oil

Cook/soak the noodles and leave to drain. Fry the onion and mushrooms in the oil for 4-5 mins. Add the tofu pieces and cook for a further 5 mins till lightly browned. Add the blackbean sauce (and a little extra water to get it all out of the jar). Heat through. Turn off the heat and add the watercress. Allow to wilt. Serve on top of the noodles and scoff. Yummy.

Pasta with Rocket and Watercress Pesto

O. M. G. (as it were…). This is delicious. Am very impressed that something can taste so amazing with so few ingredients and take such a short time to make.

For two people you need:
1/2 cup pine nuts
handful each watercress and rocket
1 clove garlic
1/4 cup parmesan cheese
1/8 cup grape seed oil
200g pasta

Cook the pasta. Meanwhile toast the pine nuts (yes I know Jamie says don’t bother but I like them toasted and think the heat helps to make the sauce too. So there.). Place the garlic, cheese, watercress, rocket and pine nuts into a mini blender and pulse, shaking it to ensure everything gets done. Add the oil and blend again. I used grapeseed oil as I wanted the individual flavours to come through rather than be drowned out by olive oil.

Drain the pasta and toss through the pesto. Serve with a little extra cheese on the top. Like I said, O. M. G.

Roquefort and Walnut Salad with Garlic Croutons

This was an attempt to use up some more of the seemingly endless Xmas leftovers…

For one person you need:
3 walnuts, shelled and broken into bits
1 slice bread, cut into chunks
1 clove garlic, crushed
salt and pepper
olive oil
salad leaves e.g. watercress and endive
leftover cheese
walnut oil
white wine vinegar

Toss the bread in a bowl with the garlic, salt and pepper and some olive oil. Toss on to a baking sheet and cook in a hot oven for about 10 mins, checking every couple of minutes. DO NOT LET THEM OVERCOOK!!! Remove and leave to cool.

In the same bowl you made the croutons in, place the salad leaves and walnuts. Season with pepper but no salt. Drizzle over some walnut oil and white wine vinegar. Toss the salad and place on a plate. Top with the croutons and cheese.

Watercress Soup (v)

This is a vibrant green colour (known in our house as green soup for obvious reasons) with a delicate flavour of watercress. I like it hot, though you can also serve it cold too if you fancied.

For 4-6 portions you need:
700g potatoes suitable for baking/mashing
1.5 litres veg stock
2 bags/bunches watercress
2 onions, chopped
2 tbsp butter/oil

Begin by frying the onions in the butter/oil for a few mins. Then add the peeled and chopped potatoes. Cover with the stock and cook for about 15 mins till the potatoes are tender. Turn off the heat and add the watercress. Blitz and season. Gently reheat, adding some more stock or soya milk if it’s too thick. Serve with crusty bread. Yummy.