Leeks are a seriously undervalued vegetable. As part of the onion family, they have a mild oniony flavor that adds depth to any recipe. They are extremely versatile and you can add them to soups, stews, pastas, and more. They’re unique in that they are much larger and more fibrous than your average onion, and have a sweetness to them. When cooked, they transform into a buttery, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth texture. You can also roast or braise leeks, which adds a crispy texture. Leeks contain flavonoid kaempferol, which many studies suggest reduces the risk of developing chronic diseases. They are also an excellent source of vitamin A, aiding in vision, and immune support!
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1. Rustic Leek and Mushroom Galette With Cashew Cream
Mushrooms and leeks enveloped in a buttery, flaky crust. This Rustic Leek and Mushroom Galette With Cashew Cream by Caroline Doucet is made vegan and is drizzled with a garlicky cashew sauce for a delicious flavor.
2. Pumpkin and Leek Pie
Source: Pumpkin and Leek Pie
This savory vegan pie is everything you could ever right. A crumbly and cheesy pumpkin-leek filling on top of a delicious, yet simple crust. You are going to fall in love. This Pumpkin and Leek Pie by Valentina Chiappa will impress everyone at your next brunch party!
3. Baked Leek and Onion
Source: Baked Leek and Onion
4. Simple Lentil Soup With Leeks and Yellow Carrots
Everything in this soup melded nicely together. This Simple Lentil Soup With Leeks and Yellow Carrots by Deena Mehra keeps it mild, but you could really add any sort of herbs or spices you want. It does go well with toasted bread, but for lunch, you can eat it over brown rice for a complete protein boost.
5. Leek and Potato Soup
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Soup is so easy and simple to make and just so much more delicious when it’s homemade. This Leek and Potato Soup by The Rose and Bean is the perfect vegan holiday starter. Garnish with some chives and croutons and you’re off to a winner.
6. Cheesy Leek Soup
Source: Cheesy Leek Soup
This easy, Cheesy Leek Soup by Florian Nouh is the epitome of comfort food! Made from just six ingredients and in two easy steps, it’s an amazing way to warm your belly for lunch or dinner. Macadamia nuts give it a rich, creamy texture that is enhanced by cheesy nutritional yeast and balanced by the sharpness of the leeks. You’ll want to lick your bowl for the very last drop.
7. Roasted Cauliflower With Leeks and Tarragon
This Roasted Cauliflower With Leeks and Tarragon by Kristen Genton is remarkable because of the depth of flavor – you get a hint of spice from red pepper flakes, anise from the tarragon, and a slightly sweet from the leeks. This exceptionally tasty ballet of flavors will dance across your palate and straight onto your list of favorite recipes.
8. Slow Roasted Leeks With Toasted Grains and Pesto
This Slow Roasted Leeks With Toasted Grains and Pesto by Jodi Kay perfect to kick off this spring season. You’ll love the nutty farro combined with the sweet, slow-roasted leeks. Here, roasted leeks and toasted grains are served with a spicy, nutty walnut cauliflower pesto. Leftovers make a great lunch the next day and the pesto can be kept covered in the fridge for a few days.
9. Button Mushroom and Leek Quiche
Source: Button Mushroom and Leek Quiche
Who doesn’t love a vegetable-filled quiche for breakfast? In this Button Mushroom and Leek Quiche by Kristen Genton, a flaky pie crust is filled with a light and fluffy mixture of savory button mushrooms and greens. The result is an unbelievably savory, delicious breakfast tart that you’ll want to make again and again.
10. Cauliflower Leek Kugel
Source: Cauliflower Leek Kugel
Kugel is a Jewish casserole typically made with noodles. However, this veganized Cauliflower Leek Kugel by Pavani Nandula will give you a decadent version of the traditional dish. The kugel is packed full of leeks, cauliflower, tofu, and garlic to make a rich and comforting meal that will serve a crowd.
11. Creamy Leek and Asparagus Pasta
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This beautiful Creamy Leek and Asparagus Pasta by Buffy-Ellen Gill pairs smooth and sweet leeks, crisp asparagus, tangy lemon, a fresh hint of dill, and a deliciously creamy yet light cashew sauce. The special ingredient in this dish is smoked kelp, which brings a smoky, bacon-ish flavor to everything. Not only does this dinner taste amazing, but it’s also ready in just 15 minutes!
12. Tempeh Bacon and Leek Quiche
Source: Tempeh Bacon and Leek Quiche
Comforting, savory, and very shareable, this Tempeh Bacon and Leek Quiche by Alex Edmondson is the perfect thing to bring to a potluck or get together! It’s made with airy silken tofu and non-dairy milk and then stuffed with leeks, smoky tempeh bacon, and spinach. Serve warm with fresh greens.
13. Leek and Broccoli Flan
Source: Leek and Broccoli Flan
14. Leek and Celeriac Soup
Source: Leek and Celeriac Soup
Adding celeriac to dishes that are steamed or boiled brings out the flavor of celery with a nutty twist. Celeriac also has the texture of a potato, which makes it a perfect addition to this soup. In this Leek and Celeriac Soup by Lindsey Auerbach, these two vegetables made a light spring soup with a delicate flavor that’s perfect for warmer days.
15. Leek and Smoked Carrot Mac and Cheese
This Leek and Smoked Carrot Mac and Cheese by Sasha Gill has all the flavors you want. It’s got that cheesy, salty, ferment-y taste of a classic mac and cheese sauce without the dairy! It’s paired with sautéed leeks, smoked carrot, and a sprinkle of cashew Parmesan, then baked until the top is crisp and the inside is warm.
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