This recipe is so simple to throw together giving an explosion of taste in the mouth with the peppery watercress and fresh tomatoes contrasting with the smoky potatoes. The mustardy dressing and optional cheese topping brings another dimension.
Watercress is a powerhouse of nutrients providing good amounts of vitamin A, C (immunity and wound healing) and K (good bone and blood health), potassium and calcium. It also is a rich source of plant chemicals (that may reduce or minimise certain cancers including one which help to block the action of cells linked with lung cancer.
It belongs to the brassica vegetable family which all have the ability to help prevent chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, neurodegenerative disorders and various forms of cancers and more. The antioxidants have the ability to reduce what is called oxidative stress and the presence of free radicals in our body. These have the potential to cause inflammation, neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, increase the signs of ageing and cell changes which can lead to cancer.
Potatoes cannot be counted as one of your 5 a day but are high in vitamin B6 and C as well as an energy giving carbohydrate food.
Tomatoes contain vitamins C and E, anticancer properties and may ease symptoms of asthma. Adding fat (as in olive or vegetable oil) boosts the absorption of the valuable antioxidant lycopene and vitamins further.
Onions of all types contain vitamin C and compounds which have anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, help to lower bad LDL cholesterol and raise good HDL cholesterol thus reducing the risk of heart disease as well as regulating insulin response (insulin resistance is often a precursor to developing type 2 diabetes).
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