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35 Fabulous Real Food Leek Recipes

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Today I am highlighting one of my favourite vegetables – leek. Like onion and garlic, leeks belong to the allium family but they are much more versatile in the kitchen, in my opinion. If you’ve ever only used leeks to flavour a soup or a stock, brace yourself – you’re about to discover amazing new ways to leek it up.

Leeks have very similar properties to garlic and onion – a unique combination of flavonoids (antioxidants) and sulfur-containing nutrients that provide cardiovascular support. For people who avoid onion and garlic due to their FODMAPs content, the green parts of leek are ok to use. The green parts have a lovely, green onion and slightly garlicky flavour and can be used cooked or raw.

Otherwise, the whole leek – white, pale green and green parts – can be used, although I often see people discard the green leaves. Leeks can be braised, fried, roasted, boiled, sautéed or sliced thinly and eaten raw in salads. I’ve often thought of leeks as French food but there are many cuisines and dishes that use this vegetable, and of course it the can be used instead of onions.

Covering soups, sauces, salads and drips, here is my round up of 35 delicious, real food recipes using leeks.

In Soups

 

Cock-a-leekie Soup (with chicken) from The Domestic Man

Leek Fennel Apple & Walnuts Soup with Turmeric (Vegan, Paleo) from The First mess 

Hearty Salmon Chowder with Leeks (AIP) from Healing Family Eats

Cleansing Spinach & Leek Soup from Claire Yates (guest recipe on EDP)

Celeriac & Leek Soup with Bacon (AIP, Paleo) from The Autoimmune Paleo

Dairy-free Potato & Leek Soup from Eat Your Beats

Braised Leeks

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Braised Chicken with Leeks & Scallions from A Calculated Whisk

Scallops with Leek Confit Puree & Macadamia Crumbs from Eat Drink Paleo

Braised Cauliflower, Leeks and Artichoke Hearts (AIP) from The Paleo Mom

Cauliflower & Leek Mash from Rubies & Radishes

In Salads

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Leek Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette & Egg from Andrew Zimmern

Warm Leek & Bacon Salad from Running Srilankan

Quinoa Salad with Sautéed Leeks & Feta (GF, Primal) from Babble

Braised Leek Salad with Egg & Tomatoes from The Saffron Girl

As side dishes

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Grilled Zucchini & Leeks with Walnuts & Herbs from Bon Appetit

Cauliflower Leek & Turmeric Fried ‘Rice’ from Whole Life Full Soul

Oven Baked Cod Fish with Spring Vegetables (AIP) from The Autoimmune Paleo

Roasted & Baked

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Roasted Leeks with Hazelnut & Bacon Dressing from Eat Drink Paleo

Vietnamese Roasted Leek and Eggplant Salad from Not Derby Pie

Creamy Spaghetti Squash Casserole with Leeks from Empowered Sustenance

Roast Chicken Breasts with Leeks & Garlic from Comfort Bites

In a sauce

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30-Minute Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts from Foodie Crush

Paleo Alfredo with Caramelized Leeks & Bacon (AIP) from Meatified

Fried Chicken Livers with Thyme Garlic & Leeks from Eat Drink Paleo

Bison Au Poivre with Caramelised Leeks from The Saffron Girl

In burgers & sausages

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Apple Leek & Bacon Breakfast Sausage from And Here We Are

Breakfast Pork & Leek Burgers from Comfort Bites

Beef & Leek Burgers with Roasted Vegetables from Miranda Ballard

Leeks For Breakfast

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Potato & Leek Frittata from Uproot Kitchen

Potato & Leek Pancakes with Smoked Salmon (GF) from Colorful Eats Nutrition

Paleo Mushroom & Leek Frittata from Jays Baking Me Crazy

Paleo Egg & Leek Stir Fry from Paleo Flourish Magazine

Peppery Lamb & Leek Frittata from What I Gather

In dips & condiments

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Guacamole with Leeks & Jalapeños

Healthy French Onion Dip with Leeks and Shallots (Primal) fromFeed me Phoebe

Leekchi (like kimchi) from PBS


So, what’s your favourite way to prepare leeks? Share with us in the comments below.  Want to pin these ideas for later? Pin the link from here.

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