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Really Good Leek and Potato Soup Recipe


My own diet consists of 3 meals per day and a treat supper. I try to avoid eating in between meals and I have never liked junk food. I think once you eat a whole food diet that your palate finds junk food totally unsatisfying but this does not mean that I avoid cakes , ice cream, chips etc.
I just like to make my own so I know what goes into the food and never deny myself treats. I always think you are what you eat so it is important to create a good balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins and minerals. I always include vegetarian and vegan food in my diet. I like to experiment and try food of all cultures. I do like to eat local and seasonal foods from the UK.

This leek and potato soup recipe is a great lunch meal but with the addition of protein and beans or pulses it can become a meal in itself.

INGREDIENTS:

8 leeks diced
4 large potatoes peeled and diced
1 onion diced
4 garlic cloves diced fine
1 1/2 pints of chicken or vegetable stock homemade or cube
salt and pepper
dried or fresh sage about 1 tablespoon of fresh 1 teaspoon of dried
olive oil or butter to fry

DIRECTIONS:

1. Heat the oil gently in a large pan to a medium heat not hot
2. Add the onions and garlic sweat for 5 minutes(put on the pan lid to sweat)
3. Add leeks and sweat for 5 minutes
4. Add potatoes and sweat for 5minutes
5. Add stock , sage and cook until all the vegetables are cooked but firm in texture
6. Add salt and pepper to taste

Variations

1.Add cream to make cream of leek and potato soup
2. Put all or half the soup into a blender to make a smooth leek and potato soup
3. Serve with grated cheese such as Lancashire, Parmesan or Cheddar
4. For a different flavour make cream of leek soup and serve with crumbled Stilton cheese to make Leek and Stilton Soup
5. Add 3 rashers of bacon after the onions to create Leek ,potato and bacon soup
6. Add milk to the soup instead of all stock to create a soup that is less rich than cream of leek soup
7. To make this soup into a meal soup add a tin of either, butter beans, chickpeas, haricot beans, flagelot beans, red kidney beans to make Leek, potato and bean soup.

Diet tips

This soup has a good roughage content, fibre, vitamins and supplies part of the 5 portions of fruit or vegetable per day. Serve with wholemeal or granary bread to add extra fibre and carbohydrates. Bread with seeds in such as pumpkin and sunflower seeds are very tasty and add extra vitamins.
I hope you can enjoy this soup and it helps with your diet to loose weight or to maintain a healthy diet. If you have any comments or questions please post in the comments and I will try to post any answers.

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