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APPETIZERS AND SIDES
A female empowering non-diet dietitian supporting women who want to create a healthier relationship with food.
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We made it to soup season! It’s the time of year that I love to have quick and easy meals on hand that are super cozy. This Healthy Potato Leek Soup with Turkey is the newest addition to that list. Full of seasonal produce, lean protein and complex carbohydrates, this soup checks all the boxes for a complete meal.
This soup came together following a recipe brainstorm when I had extra potatoes hanging around. I decided to take a trip to my local grocer and see what sparked some inspiration. Then I came across some fresh leeks!
Leeks are part of the Allium family, just like onions, chives, garlic and shallots. Leeks look like large green onions but they have a milder flavour. With tall, dark green tops and white fleshy stalk, it’s actually the stalk that is most commonly used in recipes. However, to reduce food waste, use the leafy tops in vegetable stock! In British Columbia, leeks are in season from September until early spring.
A cup of cooked leeks provide a significant amount of vitamin A (a powerful antioxidant) and vitamin K (used in blood clotting and bone health). They also provide a source of iron and manganese, used for energy production and metabolizing macronutrients, respectively.
The traditional Potato Leek Soup either contains bacon or is vegetarian. I wanted to add a source of protein but without the extra saturated fat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of a bacon and eggs breakfast but I don’t have bacon in my fridge or freezer as often as I have ground meat.
Incorporating this ground turkey provides a serving of lean protein that makes this soup very satisfying. It gives a desirable texture and fills you up for longer! In addition to this, protein-rich foods are beneficial to our overall health and maintaining our muscle mass. It’s a win win!
If you are a vegetarian, vegan or are looking for a plant-based alternative, feel free to use white beans, lentils or black beans instead of the ground turkey. These legumes will give you that plant protein along with some gut-friendly fibre. You may just have to adjust the amount of seasonings to ensure the flavour is optimal.
Regardless of whether you keep it as is or choose the veggie-version, you are sure to “Fall” in love with this seasonal Healthy Potato Leek Soup with Turkey. Serve it with fresh herbs, sliced baguette or maybe even a glass of wine to end the day on a high note. However you make it, be sure to enjoy!
If you make this Healthy Potato Leek Soup with Turkey, I would love to see your comment and rating below. It also makes my day seeing your creations of my recipes on Instagram- don’t forget to tag @allnutrition.rd!