Feeling cold during the spring months? Wanting to help move that stagnation but also want to feel light and in tune with the season? I made some yummy leek soup and it was easy, tasted great and my body was happy. Leeks are full of vitamins and are easy on digestion. They have many health benefits – do a bit of research and you’ll see how great this vegetable is!
This dish is great for decreasing Vata and Kapha. It is excellent for the spring and winter season.
This dish will increase Pitta, so it is best not to have it in summer unless you’re really feeling cold. If you are feeling the need for warmth and want to feel light and get things moving then this is a great dish.
If your Kapha is in excess, I would substitute the coconut cream for the nutritional yeast. If you would like to make it even more warming, you can add cayenne pepper to garnish.
Cayenne pepper is great for stimulating digestion, increasing circulation and is great for pain relief.
Makes about 6 – 8 servings
- 3 Leeks
- 3-4 medium-sized Yukon potatoes
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 1 TBSP coconut oil – olive oil- ghee (your preference)
- Thyme 1 TBSP
- Oregano 1 TSP
- Vegetable broth – low sodium (Enough to cover the leeks and potatoes when they are in a pot) I used almost 7 cups or about a carton of veggie broth. You can also make your own
- 1 can coconut cream or 2/3 nutritional yeast (if you want it to be Kapha reducing and less heavy)
- chives or green onions
- touch of turmeric
- salt and pepper
- cayenne pepper if you want to make it spicy
- Chop up the garlic, leeks and potatoes
- In a large pot, put some ghee or coconut oil and lightly fry the garlic, when almost brown add the potatoes and leeks
- cover the potatoes and leeks with the veggie broth
- Bring to a boil and then put it on medium heat
- Add the spices
- When the leeks and potatoes are really soft, add the coconut cream ( takes about 15 mins perhaps less, depends on your stove)
- Let it slightly cool
- Put it all in a blender and blend! (Make sure your blender has a whole at the top of the lid so the steam can come out, or it may explode!)
- Add chives or green onions to garnish. I also like to add some nutritional yeast on top. I would add cayenne pepper here if you want more of a kick.