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Eating fresh food not only brings more nutrients to your diet, it helps you tune in to the rhythms of the seasons. This time of year, leeks are in season and they are a great addition to many dishes.

According to Eat The Seasons, leeks are related to garlic and onions but have a much subtler, sweeter and more sophisticated flavour. They are great in soups and stews, and partner with potato and with cheese to form tasty side-dishes and suppers that comfort and satisfy. They have been cultivated at least since the time of the Ancient Egyptians and are depicted in surviving tomb paintings from that period!

Leek-and-potato soup is a comforting classic but if you’re looking for something with a bit more spice, you should try this one-pot mujadara recipe. This Lebanese dish combines leeks with lentils, basmati rice, seasonal greens, herbs and spices.

mujadara

For the full recipe visit HolyCowVegan.net. Here’s your ingredient list to get started:

  • Leeks
  • Brown lentils
  • Basmati rice
  • Cumin powder
  • Allspice powder
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Bay leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Leafy greens

 

Have a favourite leek dish? Please share in the comments!