Monday, February 27, 2012

Sauteed Leeks

Do you know what makes a fabulous side dish to almost any meal? Sauteed leeks! They are super simple to prepare, use a minimal amount of ingredients, and taste delicious! Related to garlic and onions, they have a similar yet different flavor, and many of the same nutritional qualities. We ate these leeks as a side dish with a grilled organic steak and garlic potatoes, but they also compliment chicken, fish or tofu dishes. Leeks make a great addition to soup, and are a great topping on a homemade pizza!
Cut, raw leeks - ready for cooking!
Leeks are a great addition to a meal, as they provide a good amount of folate, as well as flavonoids and antioxidant polyphenols that help protect our blood vessels and cardiovascular system. So get cooking!

The finished product - yum!
Sauteed Leeks
Ingredients:
3 Leeks (firm and straight, no yellowing)
2T Butter

Directions:
- Trim the tops and bottoms off the leeks, cut in half lengthwise and rinse under cool water to remove any dirt.
- Slice the leeks in 1/4" slices, using white and light green parts only.
- Let the cut leeks sit for about 5 minutes (this helps release their nutrients).
- Heat butter in a saucepan, over med-high heat. Do not let it brown.
- When butter is hot, add leeks and sautee until soft and fragrant (about 8 minutes).

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