Whenever I am sick or recovering from an allergy attack, I have difficulty eating as I commonly experience severe stomach aches. Even though I don’t feel like eating, I know it is important to supply my body nutrients to aid with the recovery process. One vegetable I have tried to consistently include in my diet are leeks. Leeks provide a vast amount of nutritional benefits, and can also be tasty in the right dishes.
Leek health benefits:
- Contains a high concentration of antioxidants that aid in protecting blood vessels against oxidative damage.
- Contain a significant amount of vitamin A and E which is important in maintaining your immune system.
- Vitamin A works by reducing inflammation and strengthening the body, which helps you fight off infections
- Vitamin E helps reduce the spreading of pro-inflammatory molecules, such as cytokines.
- Has natural diuretic properties, which promotes the expulsion of water and extra sodium in your body. This is important when detoxing, kidney health, and lowering blood pressure.
These are just a few of the many benefits that leeks provide. They work great when added to soup, and this has become one of my favorite meals when feeling sick.
- 2 large leeks
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 3 tbsp. GFCF margarine (I prefer earth balance spread)
- 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into ½-inch cubes
- 3 cups chicken stock
- 1 cup GFCF ‘cream’ from dry GFCF milk
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Chopped chives (optional)
- Trim the root end of the leeks, then cut off and discard approximately half of the green stems.
- Slit the leeks several times lengthwise from the stem and rinse well under cold water. (Some leeks can be pretty sandy)
- Chop the leeks, then saute with onion in the margarine. For around three minutes while stirring.
- Add the potatoes and chicken stock and bring to a boil.
- Lower heat and simmer for about fifteen minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.
- Add the ‘cream’ and increase heat to bring the liquid just to a boil.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve hot, garnish with chives if desired.
GFCF, EF, SF DF
- GFCF – gluten free casein free
- SF – soy free
- DF – dairy free
- EF – egg free