This month, I’ve fallen in love with leeks! And not just because they have a phallic shape that makes it easy to make inappropriate gestures while I’m cooking.
Fake dicks aside, leeks are amazing. I had used them in soup before but wasn’t in the habit of eating them straight-up until I got one in my Door to Door delivery and realized I needed to do something with it. So I just cut it up and started adding it to the green beans or other veggies I was sauteing. And I realized, Holy mother of God…leeks are delicious.
Leeks are in the onion family, but their flavor is a lot milder — actually kind of sweet. They taste great sauteed like this, but you can actually just boil them and then eat them with a little bit of olive oil and sea salt. They are also a main ingredient in vichyssoise, which I might have to make this summer!
Mireille of French Women Don’t Get Fat loves leeks too. She actually has a two-day leek “cleanse” where you eat leek broth or leeks for two days. I have yet to try this, as I’m pretty much fine with solid foods right now, but I decided to give the leek broth a try.
I thought it might be nice to try as an alternative to tea when I’m feeling snacky, but so far, I’ve just been having it with my standard eggs and bacon lunch. The broth is a lot more savory than tea; the onion flavor is more present when you have it like this. But I just sip it from the mug and it’s a nice way to get some nutrients and flavor with my meal; kinda like having soup, but less work.
Also, I love cooking with broth, so I’ll probably use it in other dishes to add some flava flav. (Oh just FYI — you can cut off the dark green tops if you’re sauteing them, but add them to the pot if you’re making broth.)
Leeks are a good source of potassium so you might want to consider them if you’ve been exercising a lot. The potassium, combined with their fiber, also helps beat bloat and cause a mild diuretic effect. I’m thinking this might be the perfect companion to a healthy hangover brunch.
Most importantly, they also remind me of one of my favorite workout songs from the great Petey Pablo.
New veggies help you stay well-nourished and beat food boredom, so try leeks out!