On My Plate: Leek "Pasta"
I’m in love with leeks. There. I said it. If you’re looking for a versatile vegetable to add to your “go to” food repertoire, leeks are your new best friend. I found a recipe for a leek “pasta” that I adapted, and I’m so excited to share it with you. In addition to being super flavorful and ridiculously low calorie, it’s very filling and makes a TON. Eat off of this delicious sun dried tomato and leek pasta with artichokes for days, either hot or cold, and you can’t go wrong. And if you haven’t figured it out by now, the leeks serve as the “noodles” in this pasta. You’ll never miss actual pasta in this dish!
Leek and Sun Dried Tomato “Pasta” with Artichokes
• 3 leeks (white part and light green only)
• 1 15 oz can artichoke hearts, quartered and drained (packed in water not oil)
• 1 tbs olive oil
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 3 oz ready-to-eat sun dried tomatoes (dry, not in oil), sliced
• 1/4 cup dry white wine
• 1/2 cup veggie broth
• fresh pepper to taste
• 1 tbsp dried parsley
• Cut off green tops of leek and remove outer tough leaves. Cut off root and cut leeks in half lengthwise. Fan out the leeks and rinse well under running water, leaving them intact. Slice leeks into 1/4-inch slices. Place in a skillet with olive oil and cook until soft.
• Add artichokes, sun dried tomatoes, wine, veggie broth, garlic and parsley in a skillet and bring to a simmer; stir the pan with a wooden spoon, breaking up any bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook several more minutes or until the liquid reduces almost by half.
I measure my portions out by the ¾ cup. Enjoy!
It’s warmer in St. Louis (finally!) and more folks are outside, soaking up the sun and getting some much-needed exercise after the Polar Vortex. Just make sure the more active you are that you are also hydrating as much as you can! Remember: the rule of thumb is to try and consume at least half of your body weight in ounces of water per day. So, if you weigh 200lbs, try to drink 100 ounces of water. It sounds like a LOT, but if you have a 24oz water bottle, you only need to drink a little over four during the course of an entire day. If you’re out being active or are in the heat, kick that up by another one to two bottles and you’ll be set.
Our raised beds have been planted, herbs have been potted, and all is coming along well in the garden. Take a look at our cherry tree! The yield this summer is going to be TEN TIMES what it was last summer. We can’t wait! Is your garden planted? What are you growing this year?