Many of you will agree, that you love leeks but are confused about how to serve them.
It's often the side dishes that are more difficult to plan that main dishes.
So let me show you just how easy it is to make creamed leeks with garlic in just 5 minutes and one saucepan.
Are leeks low carb?
Yes, leeks are a low carb vegetable that is lower in carbs and high in fibre. They are not keto but can easily work into a low carb diet as long as you portion control them and make sure they are calculated to stay within your daily carb limit.
The nutrition in 1 cup sliced raw leeks = 11 g net carbs (1.6 g fibre), 1.3 g protein, 0.3 g fat, and 54 calories.
Are leeks good for you?
Leeks are part of the onion and garlic family allegedly have antibiotic, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties. Full of niacin, folic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine, Vitamin A, C, E, and K, iron, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. Leeks also contain the flavenoid kaempferol, which has been shown to help maintain blood vessels.
Leeks have high levels of polyphenols which protect blood vessels from oxidative damage.
A bit of fun history, the Romans considered leeks to have superior qualities. Emperor Nero got through so many leeks, he was nicknamed Porophagus (leek eater), apparently thinking eating leeks would improve his singing voice! Now when you get that question in a pub quiz, you know who to thank.
What do leeks taste like?
Creamed leeks are incredibly delicious. They are a sweet member of the onion family and almost taste like caramelised onions.
The recipe only takes 10 minutes to make, so quicker than most side dish recipes.
How to serve leeks
Remember with most meals it is the side dishes that make a meal low carb (or not). The easiest way to avoid unnecessary carbs is to stop eating pasta, rice, bread, and starchy vegetables, and go for low-carb vegetables instead.
Creamed leeks are ideal as a side dish or even as a whole dish for lunch. This could even be pureed with some stock and you have a quick soup.
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Creamed Leeks with Garlic and Cream Cheese Recipe
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- In a large saucepan, heat the butter and gently cook the garlic.
- Add the sliced leeks and cook until soft. Stirring throughout.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir through the cream cheese and black pepper.
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