"potato" leek soup

potato leek soup

Having to forego certain foods while following a diet for your health can be really difficult. It's true when you're in a large group of people who can eat the food you're avoiding, but it can be even harder when it's just you, alone, in the kitchen, with a hankering for exactly what you shouldn't be eating. Living in a house a couple years ago with several other cooks was particularly tricky for me. I definitely used chocolate chips to get through papers and I may have eaten more than one brownie that was cooling on the counter. While I don't have a solution for the difficult social situations you might find yourself in besides finding other people who eat like you, I do have some tricks up my sleeve for the alone-in-the-kitchen-craving-jam scenario.

So begins a series of food swaps! I am always running into recipes in my cookbooks or in another blog that I want to use or that my mother used to always make but which include one or three or five ingredients that my body can't handle. I will be going through the original recipe and the swap as well as giving any notes on things that might be different.

So here goes!


THE SWAP | celeriac for potato

THE RATIO | one for one

SPECIAL TREATMENT | none


Celeriac is one of my all-time favorite swaps because it's so easy. Anywhere you want that potato texture and richness, just pop in celeriac. It does have more celery brightness to it, no surprise as it's the root of the celery stalks we all know, but I personally really love that. Other recipes you could make with a celeriac swap are fries, clam chowder, bacon potato frittata, and pretty much anything else you could think of. In my two-plus years of exclusively cooking this way, I've never done a celeriac swap I didn't like.

Now to practice using it!

Here's the original recipe that I found on SIMPLY RECIPES


POTATO LEEK SOUP
from Simply Recipes serves 4-6

 

3 large leeks, white and light green chopped
2 T butter

melt the butter on medium heat. add chopped leeks, stir to coat, cook on low for 10 minutes until softened. don't let them brown.

4 c chicken (or vegetable) broth
2 lbs yukon gold or russet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/2" pieces
pinch of dried marjoram
1/2 t dried thyme (or 1 or 2 springs fresh)
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 t kosher salt

add to the pot and bring to a simmer. keep at a simmer for 20 minutes or until potatoes are cooked through. remove the bay leaf. blend half or all of the soup depending on how smooth you would like it.

1/4 c chopped fresh parsley

add and cook a few minutes longer.

sprinkle of Tabasco sauce white or black pepper

place in bowls and add sauce and pepper to taste.


So how do we change it?


CHANGES TO BE MADE

Cleriac for potato

SCD legal broth (it just takes a little label reading to find one)

SCD legal hot sauce (I'm loving this one which we found at our co-op)


And that's it. I've put the converted recipe below. See? Hardly anything changes.

Potato and Leek Soup with an SCD food swap: celeriac for potato via seekthewelfare

CELERIAC LEEK SOUP
serves 4-6

 

3 large leeks, white and light green chopped
2 T butter (or ghee for paleo)

melt the butter on medium heat. add chopped leeks, stir to coat, cook on low for 10 minutes until softened. don't let them brown.

4 c chicken (or vegetable or bone) broth
2 lbs celeriac, peeled and diced into 1/2" pieces
pinch of dried marjoram
1/2 t dried thyme (or 1 or 2 springs fresh)
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 t salt

add to the pot and bring to a simmer. keep at a simmer for 20 minutes or until celeriac is soft when pricked with a fork. remove the bay leaf. blend half or all of the soup depending on how smooth you would like it.

1/4 c chopped fresh parsley

add and cook a few minutes longer.

sprinkle of scd legal hot sauce
white or black pepper

place in bowls and add sauce and pepper to taste.


Potato and Leek Soup with an SCD food swap: celeriac for potato via seekthewelfare