Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Vegetable of the month: Leeks!


After seeing many people at the supermarkets here purchasing this lovely green and white vegetable, I decided that I needed to try them. They are a vegetable I had seen often, but I had never eaten it before. Recently I have started cooking more with them as they are plentiful here and inexpensive.

Leeks are in the same family with onions, garlic, scallions, and shallots. They have a mild onion flavor and won't overpower a dish. They are a good source of many nutrients such as: Vitamin A, Vitamin K, Folate, and Vitamin B6.

Leeks are easy to prepare and cook! The leeks I buy already have the long green fibrous leaves removed. All I have to do it trim the ends and wash them well. Sometimes they tend to have a small amount of dirt near the top of the vegetable. I typically make soup with leeks. They can also be added to a stock, braised with meat, or simply sauteed.

I encourage you to try leeks! They are easy to cook, have a great flavor, and are a good source of nutrients.

Click here for my recipe for leek and potato soup! Please share your favorite ways to eat leeks.

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