Food Challenge 2 of 30: Leeks

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Is it weird that I’ve never had leeks? I’m sure I had them as part of a soup at some point but I had never actually purchased or prepared this winter vegetable. If you’re unfamiliar with leeks they look like this: leek 2So this is my second new food of my 30 new foods challenge for 2014. Here’s my breakdown:
Food #2: Leeks
And that is: a vegetable belonging to the same genus as garlic and onions
Commonly eaten how or with: soups, especially Vichyssoise.
Found where: most grocery stores; I purchased mine at Gateway Market
Cost: $3 for a large leek
Health Benefits: full of vitamins and minerals and low in calories
Prepared how: Baked with goat cheese and Greek yogurt
Yea or Nay? 
Yea! They had a mild flavor and this particular dish was especially good!

For this particular recipe I used one large leek. I cut off the ends and split it in half. I then boiled it for a couple minutes to soften it a bit. While this was going on my oven was heating up to 350.
leek 3leek 5 leek 7 For my topping, I used one egg, 1.5 ounces of soft goat cheese, and 1/3 cup of plain Greek yogurt.  leek 14


Place the leeks in a 13×9 inch baking pan and top with the cheese and yogurt mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. This was actually quite filling and perfect for a Meatless Monday meal last week!leek 18

Do you like leeks? Have you cooked with them in the past? Leave a comment and share your favorite recipe using leeks!