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I am truly blessed. My daughter gave me a goat for Mother’s Day–a hardy goat. No, I won’t be featuring goat stew anytime soon. She gave the actual goat (along with a stove and some art supplies) to a poor family somewhere in the world. Now that’s what I call a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift.

My step-daughter gave me a lovely cookbook, “My Father’s Daughter” by Gwyneth Paltrow. I read it through in one sitting, nodding my head in agreement with her food choices, except for the deep frying.

With a large Mother’s Day dinner looming, lunch became a time for restraint. This Watercress Beet Salad carried the day.

Watercress Beet Salad

Watercress Beet Salad

  • 1 bunch watercress, cut bite-sized (stems too)
  • 1 small yellow pepper, roughly chopped
  • 4 sprigs of mint, stemmed, leaves finely chopped
  • 2 beets, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2-4 oz feta cheese, shaved or crumbled
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1-2 T balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Boil beets, covered in water, until they can be easily pierced with a pointy knife. Wear kitchen gloves while peeling them to keep your hands from getting stained. They can be refrigerated and kept for several days.

Combine salad vegetables, mint and cheese. Toss with oil, vinegar, salt and pepper. Serves 2-4.

Watercress Beet Salad Print Ready Recipe

Watercress Beet Salad

Final notes:

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  • Did you know that watercress is an anti-cancer superfood?
  • Title of the photo below: “Noah Botner Sandwich” or “Mother’s Day Kiss.”

Mother's Day Kiss