Leek and Potato Soup Recipe
Leek and Potato Soup Recipe
Plastic Packaging Free!
In this post, I share a recipe for a warm, filling, comforting soup of potato and leeks, with a vegetable stock and coconut milk base. The special thing about this recipe is that you can get all the ingredients with almost no new plastics coming into your home.
In the first week of this month’s theme of ocean plastic I shared with you what I learned about the proliferation of plastics. Far, far too many of our plastic waste ends up in our oceans. I’m working hard to reduce the amount of plastics in my home, especially in the kitchen. This Leek and Potato Soup recipe has plastic packaging free ingredients!
In the second week of this month’s theme, together we made reusable food wrap out of cotton coated in beeswax. Little by little, I’m making new habits and making better choices in the kitchen. The reusable wraps are being put to good use!
Sustainable Choices=Less Plastics in Your Home
So many of our groceries nowadays include plastic containers, rings, tabs, tops, boxes, and labels in the packaging. It’s hard to think of vegan recipes whose ingredients are not packaged in plastic! For this soup, I was careful to choose vegetable ingredients that you can get in bulk bins — potatoes, leeks, garlic, onions, celery. Shopping from bulk bins is a great way to reduce the plastic coming into your home.
Also used are pantry items that you can usually get with no or minimal plastic packaging. You can usually find get olive oil in the big metal cans which are much more sustainable. Vegan butter comes in sticks instead of plastic tubs. Nutritional yeast is a magic ingredient that can often be found in bulk at health food stores. I’m finding that making small changes to my shopping habits like buying the vegan butter in sticks instead of in plastic tubs help me to reduce my plastic footprint in my little corner of the world. While it’s great to recycle all of the plastics coming into my home, reinforcing with my grocery dollars that I support no-plastic packaging is even better!
Leek and Potato Soup
This Leek and Potato soup recipe is easy to make and the soup is very filling. Pair it with a salad and a loaf of crusty whole grain bread and it’s a full meal that will keep your family satisfied. This recipe serves 4 but it scales well, so increase the ingredients by half or double if you have more mouths to feed.
Chunky Leek and Potato Soup – Plastic Packaging Free!
- 4 Yellow Potatoes – Medium
- 2 Leeks – Medium
- 3 Garlic cloves or 1-1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 Yellow Onion – Medium
- 1 Celery Stalk
- 2 cups Coconut Milk
- 3 cups Vegetable Stock – Vegan
- 2 tbsp Vegan Butter
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast
- 2 sprigs Thyme
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preparation:Scrub the potatoes clean, but leave the skin on. (Please see this warning of why you always need to thoroughly wash all your vegetables.)
Dice the potatoes, and onion after peeling. Finely dice the garlic cloves after peeling.
- Cut the dark green heads and root ends off the leeks. Slice long-wise all the way through.
- Wash thoroughly, making sure to rinse between each layer as dirt and sand likes to hide between. Slice each leek half again long-wise, so you essentially quarter the leeks long-wise. Now rough chop each long quarter into quarter-inch or so pieces.
- In a big soup pot, over medium heat melt the vegan butter and olive oil until sizzling. Add the potatoes, onion, and garlic, then stir. Cook, stirring often until the potatoes start to soften and the onions are translucent.Add the leeks and cook an additional 10 minutes or so until the leeks begin to wilt, stirring often.Add the vegetable stock and fresh thyme sprigs and stir. Salt and pepper as desired. Leave simmer about 10 minutes.
- Stir in the coconut milk and nutritional yeast. Simmer another 5 minutes or so.Taste, and adjust seasoning as desired. Remove thyme sprigs. Enjoy!
If you have any leftovers — which is doubtful since this soup is so good — store in a glass bowl and use your DIY reusable food wrap to cover. This soup reheats well so make a big batch and enjoy it for a few days.
This soup is doubly enjoyable since it required almost no new plastics coming into your home! Every time you make this soup, I hope you will choose the ingredients from the bulk bin instead of plastic bags and reconnect with this month’s theme of reducing your plastics footprint in this world.
Special Warning on Rat Lungworm Disease
I told you my son Bud lives in Hawaii. I didn’t tell you that he contracted Rat Lungworm Disease there. Rat Lungworm is a parasite found in snails and rats that can impact fresh produce – including on the mainland U.S. If you buy fresh vegetables and fruit for your family, you are at risk as well. Please check out this very important warning about the absolute necessity of thoroughly washing and inspecting all produce you buy for your family.
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