Leeks - love them or hate them? I love them but some aren't so keen, so creamed leeks is another way to jazz them up a bit.
LCHF Creamed Leeks - with garlic and cream cheese
Creamed leeks are incredible, they almost taste like caramelised onions, but with cream cheese. if you find leeks dull, you will love these. It only takes 10 minutes to make, so quicker than most side dish recipes.
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 kaepferol, 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.Amazing low carb creamed leeks with garlic and cream cheese. So simple and incredibly tasty. | ditchthecarbs.com
Remember with most meals it is the side dishes that make a meal low carb or not. So give up that 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.
Creamed Leeks with Garlic and Cream Cheese
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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.