South Beach Diet - Leek Suggestions

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07-14-2008, 04:54 PM
So Cat had shared last week that she took some leeks and celery root and sauteed them together. It sounded wonderful, so this weekend I bought a leek and had planned on picking up celery root, but both grocery strores that I usually go to did not have the root. I'm going to hit up one more store today after work, but if I don't find one what can I do with the leek?
Any other suggestions?

07-14-2008, 05:00 PM
I have just started experimenting with leeks. I made a cock-a-leeky soup in the crockpot that was good.
Lyn posted some leek recipes here on her blog

07-14-2008, 05:14 PM
Red lentils and leeks are divine together.

07-14-2008, 05:43 PM
I slice up the leeks and some onions, sautee them in EVOO and garlic, add salt and pepper to taste and then pour in some chicken broth until the leeks are soft. (This is our week-night preparation.)

For weekends, I slice the leeks in half long-ways and brush with EVOO. Set on grill until just slightly charred. Put in foil packet and drizzle with balsalmic vinegar and sprinkle with some salt and pepper. Seal up foil packet and put back on grill, away from heat until leeks are soft (about 20 minutes, usually). Too give it an extra bit of oomph, I often sprinkle some chopped fennel tops over the leeks with the vinegar. Ohmygoodnesswonderful!

07-14-2008, 05:59 PM
Thanks ladies for sharing. I knew I could count on ya'll! I'll let you all know what I do by Wednesday. But if you'd like, keep sharing.

Schmoodle - What a great website! I'm totally drawn in. Thank you for sharing!

07-14-2008, 06:13 PM
Oh you're welcome. I love Lyn, she is a great blogger. She posts on this forum, usually in the 100-lb club. I think she's very inspirational.

Some great ideas here in this thread that I will definitely steal!

07-14-2008, 06:19 PM
Just checked out that blog. That chickie knows her stuff for sure!

07-14-2008, 06:21 PM
Uh-oh! She's been posting since last fall and now you chicks will have to do what I did - go back and read them all. There are some real gems in there! She has made me cry more than once.

07-14-2008, 10:34 PM
My favorite ways to prepare leeks are either roasting them (they get nice and caramelized) or leek and potato soup.

I wonder if you could substitute cauliflower for the potatoes and make a SBD friendly Leek and 'Potato' soup.

07-14-2008, 10:45 PM
Zeff, I bet that would turn out wonderfully! I'll have to tuck that idea away for a good soup to make on a chilly day. :)

07-14-2008, 10:52 PM
It would definitely be a good excuse to buy an immersion blender.

07-15-2008, 08:40 AM
Zeff, that is a wonderful idea. We all have to try that when it starts getting cooler outside!! Sounds like great comfort food.mmmmmm.

07-15-2008, 10:14 AM
I have a soup recipe I got from my inlaws in Germany. It's simple AND delicious!

Hackfleischsuppe (literally 'Ground Meat Soup)
500 grams of ground pork or turkey (or mix up both!)
1 onion
5 Leeks, roughly chopped
2 cans, or 2 cups of mushrooms, roughly chopped
2 liters of broth (veggie broth works well)
1.5 c. finely shredded skim cheddar
2 tbs. low fat sour cream

Brown the meat first, then drain and mix in big pot with all the other ingredients, cooking on low heat until cheese is melted and veggies are suitably soft.

Voila! Yummy soup. :)

07-15-2008, 10:23 AM
There is a fantastic recipe on for a Leek and Bean soup. I make a big pot and eat it all week. I'm not on the south beach diet but I guess it depends on what phase you are on because it has whole wheat couscous. It contains chicken broth, cannalinni beans{I use northern beans}, leeks, garlic, fresh spinach and cumin. I was actually going to make some this week but the leeks at my store were $5, I didn't want to fork over that much. Here is the recipe.......


* 2 teaspoons olive oil
* 4 leeks, bulb only, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, chopped
* 2 (16 ounce) cans fat-free chicken broth
* 2 (16 ounce) cans cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
* 2 bay leaves
* 2 teaspoons ground cumin
* 1/2 cup whole wheat couscous
* 2 cups packed fresh spinach
* salt and pepper to taste


1. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or soup pot over medium heat. Add the leeks and garlic; saute until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chicken broth, cannellini beans, bay leaves and cumin. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and stir in the couscous. Cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in spinach and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.