Sunday, November 17, 2013

Creamy Potato Leek Soup and CSA Box

I love soup, and I make at least one big pot of soup every week. I like to eat the soup with a salad on the side or over some brown or black rice. A small cup of soup is also a great snack.

Creamy potato leek soup tastes decadent, but is a healthy dish that lets the veggies in it shine.

Creamy Potato Leek Soup

Ingredients
  • 4 - 5 leeks, cleaned carefully (lots of dirt can collect in between the leaves) and then sliced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • About 5 small potatoes, sliced
  • 5 cups veggie broth (I used homemade veggie broth) – I like my soups thick, if you like your soup “soupier,” use more broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • A dash of nutmeg
  • Chives (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil over medium heat and cook the onions for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the leaks, potatoes, and garlic and mix everything and sauté for about 5 minutes. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  3. Add the broth to the pot, cover and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer the soup for 15 – 20 minutes, until the potatoes are very soft.
  5. Puree the soup with an immersion blender.
  6. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon, a dash of nutmeg and additional salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Serve the soup and sprinkle with chives.

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ll know that I used to get a CSA box for years. Then sometime last year, there were a few mix ups and issues involving my credit card, so when we went on a longer vacation, I canceled. But I always meant to sign up for a CSA again, and I had been looking into several options, but I never acted on anything.

So when my old CSA contacted me, it didn’t take much convincing to make me sign up again. And I’m glad I did because the box always makes me eat veggies and fruits I probably wouldn’t buy or eat at that moment.

To make a CSA work for you, it’s important to have a plan so that produce doesn’t get “lost” in the fridge. More than three years ago I wrote a post about how to make a CSA work for you.

Here is what was in this week’s box and what I did with it. I realize how very lucky we are in California that we have year-round CSAs and Farmers’ Markets.


  • apples – apple pear sauce
  • pears – apple pear sauce
  • mandarins – lunches
  • lettuce – big salad with cashew dressing on Friday for hubby and me; the lettuce was super fresh and delicious. In the past I learned that it’s best to use the lettuce right away.
  • broccoli – this will be one of the kid’s lunch and dinner veggies for the week. He loves raw broccoli.
  • bok choy – stir fry with onions and mushrooms
  • kale – I made kale chips, and they were gone soooo fast.
  • carrots – carrot sticks for lunches
  • potatoes – potato leek soup
  • leeks – potato leek soup
Questions: Do you like soup? If so, what’s your favorite soup? Links are welcome! What’s your favorite “rediscovered” veggie at the moment? I love leeks, but for some reason I haven’t bought them in a long time. I’m really glad that they showed up in our CSA box this week!

Be well,
Andrea

36 comments:

  1. Greta,
    leeks is a very manysided veggie, you can make soups,veggies, salad cut very fine,take it in souffle usw.Great fun with this !

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    1. Yes, leeks are very versatile. Potato leek soup is one of my favorites, but I'll make sure to use them in other dishes, too, now that I rediscovered them! :)

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  2. Hi Andrea, Yes, it's so important to plan to use the fresh produce. Very good point! When I first started trying to eat healthy, I often had fresh produce going bad all around me! Our fridge was scary! But now I ask specific family members what they will commit to eating. If they say they want apples, how many days are they going to eat apples--every other day? We end up buying produce more specifically to everyone's tastes--that week. So I think we buy less produce but eat more produce--more efficient all in all.

    I'm making more acorn squash soup today! Can't wait. :D

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    1. So true! It's not how much you buy but what you actually eat! And it definitely takes some planning! :)

      Enjoy the acorn squash soup!

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  3. Oh, I put this on my FB page for the food planning explained here, since my readers really loved the last food prep article of yours that I posted. :D

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  4. I love my Beebox. I discovered new vegetables since I have it. Veggies I knew about but never ate or ate last when I was a child. I love it!

    My box always arrives Thursday night and as of Tuesday morning you can find what's in it for this week. I always sit down on Wednesday night to plan my meals around my Beebox.

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    1. Yes, a veggie box is such a great way to rediscover veggies! Your Beebox always looks great!

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    1. Thanks, Kristen! Yes, it's super easy.

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  6. Yum! Everyone needs a good potato leek soup recipe, and your looks perfect! I like how you talked about everything you make or plan to make in your CSA box - I think one of the biggest obstacles that people have with CSAs is just not knowing how to use all the produce!

    I think I'm going to need to put leeks on our grocery list :)

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    1. Yes, getting a CSA box can be a bit daunting, and I really think you have to plan what you'll do with the produce the minute you get the box.

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  7. Hearty, healthy, and delicious!

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  8. I miss my CSA box. The soup look delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Jenn! I can imagine that being on the road must be hard at times when it comes to grocery shopping...

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  9. I do like soup but more all veggies type soups & maybe add some chicken in there.. :)

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    1. I like minestrone-type soups (without the noodles) and added chicken. In fact, I'll have to make some soon!

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  10. Yes, I love soup, especially when it is cold...we often have soup as a meal...your potato and leek soup looks delicious Andrea.
    Have a wonderful week ahead...

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    1. Thanks, Juliana! Have a great week, too!

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  11. i don't usually like making soup at home because they're not filling enough but I can tell that this one would be a good one to make for a cold day and I want comfort food! :)
    I wish we have CSA all year round, it would be so fun to play with the ingredients each week

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    1. Yes, I love soup when it's cold outside. Adding rice or quinoa makes soup a lot more filling.

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  12. Yummy soup and potato leek is one of my all time favorites! I was just junking the other day, that now that the weather has cooled off, at least a little, it's time for me to make a big batch of soup-love having it for a light lunch! Your CSA looks wonderful! Still on my list of things to do :-)

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    1. I'm really glad I signed up for the CSA again! :)

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  13. I love soups and this one looks absolutely delicious! With soups I find it hard to go past pumpkin and coconut milk when choosing a favorite. Favorite re-discovered veggie? Roasted parsnip!

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    1. Pumpkins and coconut milk sounds delicious! And I haven't had parsnips in ages. I'll have to roast some soon!

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  14. Love, love, love soup! It's warm, generally low in calories, and so easy!

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    1. Yes, I especially like pureed soups. They are nice and creamy without extra calories! :)

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  15. Well, pretty sure leeks are in the onion family, but I LOVE potato soup!

    Here is an oldie, but a goodie - I think you'll like it!

    http://mybizzykitchen.com/2009/09/07/i-got-mad/

    (p.s. it's hard to believe we've "known" each other since 2009 - you commented on that link!) :D

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    1. The acorn squash bisque sounds delicious! And, yes, it's amazing how long we've "known" each other! :)

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  16. I am loving that soup recipe and will pin it for future reference. I do eat a lot of soup and make at least 2-3 a week. We freeze some for future meals so we always have a big variety to choose from. I love all kinds of stew, chili and soups. We don't do the CSA boxes because of hubby Tom's travel schedule - I am often the only one here to eat 2- 3 days a week. I do shop the local Farmer's market to support the local small growers.

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    1. A CSA would be hard to do if you are alone a lot. I love the Farmers' market and try to go every week.

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  17. Jealous of your "plot" and plan for each veggie, I have to try that. Soup- love soup and chili but true food cookbook has a dairy free curry cauli made with cashews and coconut that I love.

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    1. The curry cauliflower soup sounds great! Cashews are awesome!

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  18. Soups are great to have around, especially using leftover produces from the fridge which was the best part. I love creamy potato & leek soups, it is hard to list my favorite soup, all soups are tasty! Ah, parsnips are my favorite ‘rediscovered’ veggies, we hardly use them and it was nice to see them again in a dish @ Vedge.

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    1. I haven't had parsnips in forever! I'll have to pick some up soon!

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