Whole Foods Wednesday – Leeks

Leeks! Who loves ’em? MEEEEEE.

This is once again, as a result of my husband finding ways to prepare things that previously did not appeal to me – I don’t actually know why Leeks were unappealing to me, but they were. So he made them in a BLT Mac and Cheese, and they were SO good, so now I am sold!

They are sturdy veggies that remain to be harvested, making them a great option for Fall meals!

Who’s a fan? Do you have any good recipes including leeks?

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Tasty Tuesday – Shrimp, Leek and Spinach Pasta

Husband and I recently tried a new recipe, it was pretty simple, but very tasty!

finished-product

Recipe is as follows:

  • ¾ lb Pasta (we used gemelli;  fusilli or any other short pasta will also work)
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 leeks – halved lengthwise (white and light green parts only!)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 lb raw shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 10 ounces baby spinach
  • Heavy cream (to substitute heavy cream, melt 1/3 Cup unsalted butter and add to 3/4 Cup milk. If you use low fat milk, add 1 tablespoon of flour to thicken it.)

shrimp

  1. Cook the pasta according to the package. Drain and then return it to the pot.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the leeks, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the leeks have softened (about 3-5 minutes).
  3. Add the shrimp and lemon zest and cook, tossing frequently, until the shrimp is opaque throughout, about 4-5 minutes more.
  4. Add the cream )or substituted milk mixture!), and 1/2 teaspoon salt to the pasta in the pot, and cook over medium heat, stirring, until slightly thickened, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the shrimp mixture and the spinach and toss to combine. Place lid over skillet to “steam” the spinach.

leeks

sauteed-leeks

The recipe calls for heavy cream, however we used the substitute milk/butter mixture.

I grated some Parmesan cheese over mine because I like it with my pasta, but you don’t have to.

How’s it sound? Let me know if you try it! 🙂

Good Eats – BLT Mac & Cheese

Full disclosure: this is a carb-splurge of a dish, but if you use Dreamfields or other low-carb pasta instead, that will help cut down the carbs.

So my fiancé came across this and it sounded fantastic, so we gave it a try. The L stands for leeks here; heated lettuce is disgusting and I would never…

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So it had the leeks, and bacon (because of course I’d never forget that!), and diced tomatoes. Plenty of cheese, and a macaroni that holds up to sauce well (we used cavatappi, because it’s fun!)

I totally loved it – delicious and super filling! Best part: minimal dirty pots!

Here’s the recipe (our slightly modified version of it) – Continue reading