To prepare nettle collect her in may when she was still "young". Early nettle leaves are more tender, they are most rich in nutrients. Before cooking the leaves to rinse well you can also scald them with boiling water.
Nettle soup is very healthy, and different people are are favorite food. A delicious dish made from young nettle spring nettle soup. To cook clean potatoes and cut it into small cubes, then put them in boiling water and bring to a boil. Nettle sort, wash, scald with boiling water and finely chop. Besides nettle leaves, you can add chopped sorrel, also you need to pre-sort and rinse. Then add to boiling potatoes for 7-10 minutes until it is ready.
Lightly fry in a pan grated carrots and finely diced onion to add at the end of cooking. We also put the Bay leaf and spices to taste. And simmer the soup on low heat for 3-5 minutes. In a bowl of soup you can put diced egg, hard-boiled. Add mayonnaise or sour cream to taste.
From nettles, you can prepare delicious and healthy salads. For this purpose, suitable only young leaves, as they are not as rigid. To prepare the Spring salad young leaves of sorrel and nettle (250-300 g) and 100 g of the green onions, rinse, Pat dry and finely chop. Then mix finely chopped 2 eggs, hard-boiled. Add to taste mayonnaise, soy sauce or vegetable oil. Salt, and better sprinkle the salad with the juice of a slice of lemon. a salad can be decorated with radishes, if desired, add pre-washed and chopped dandelion leaves or plantain.
Light Breakfast perfect scrambled eggs from nettles. Break 2 eggs and mix with the nettle leaves, washed and finely chopped. Add salt to taste and pour the mixture in the frying pan. Ready an omelette, you can decorate with greenery.
To make the cheese with nettles, RUB 200 g of cottage cheese through a sieve or fine grater, and then mix this mixture with one Cup of finely chopped nettle leaves. Add 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic, 1 tsp mustard and 3 tbsp oil. This exotic vitamin "green cheese" variety to your menu.
Another interesting dish - the meatballs of nettles. 100 g nettle boil in boiling water 2-3 minutes, drain in a sieve or colander, and after that chop. Then 200 g of thick millet porridge, mix with greens and make the meatballs. Bake in the oven and serve with any sauce that you like.
How useful nettles? It is very rich in salts, contains a lot of iron, potassium and sulfur. Nettle leaves contain carotene, flint, ascorbic, formic, and Pantothenic acid, vitamins. In addition, it cleanses the body of metabolic products and improves the blood.
It should be remembered that pregnant women are strongly advised not to eat the nettle, as it can cause them contractions and cause premature birth.