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Keep It Healthy

November 29, 2010

That’s definitely our goal for the next few weeks, before the holidays really kick it into high gear.  Remember this summer on The Bachelor Pad, where they had the pie eating contest, and Tenley is crying, “I don’t like it anymore! I don’t like it anymore!”, but continues to eat the pie?

Let me refresh your memory:

Yeah, I kind of felt like that after Thanksgiving this year.  On Thursday night, I told Ryan that we were subsisting on green tea and broth for the next two weeks.  Luckily for him, as soon as the words were out of my mouth, I knew I’d be eating them.  Along with real food.  A food blogger cannot live on broth alone. 

I do want to try to keep it healthy, though.  And so, last night, we did have broth…it just had a bunch of other stuff floating in it.  🙂

Leek and Potato Vegetable Soup


the whites of 3 small leeks, chopped and rinsed well (leeks are notoriously sandy and gritty, so I recommend submerging the chopped rings in a bowl of water to really clean them well

1 potato, chopped into 1/2 inch cubes

1 tsp. olive oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 cups vegetable broth

1/2 cup frozen corn

1/2 cup frozen green beans

1 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley

2 cups fresh spinach

salt and pepper to taste


In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil.  Add leeks and garlic and cook for 4-5 minutes, until leeks have softened.  Add potatoes, season generously with salt and pepper, and cook for 10 minute over medium heat.  Add broth, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook for 30-40 minutes, until potatoes are soft.  Taste and add additional salt or pepper if desired.  Add corn, green beans, spinach, and parsley, and bring soup back up to a boil.  Reduce heat and serve.

leek and potato soup

leek and potato soup 

Yum!  It ain’t plain broth…and that’s a good thing! We enjoyed it with crackers and the smug satisfaction that eating healthily seems to bring. 🙂

See you tonight!

ps—Is anyone having trouble commenting on blogs today??? I’ve tried to comment on several of my favorite blogs, but my comments are disappearing without publication!  Boo!!!

29 Comments leave one →
  1. November 29, 2010 8:17 pm

    mmmmm soup 🙂 ’tis the season!

  2. November 29, 2010 8:32 pm

    I am thinking it’s a soup kind of night at my house for dinner. It’s cold and rainy for starters. Now if I could just get off work early to make bread to go with that soup….

  3. November 29, 2010 9:07 pm

    Yesterday you were in my spam folder. I’ve heard that this has happened to a few people – you might be going right to spam!

    • November 29, 2010 9:34 pm

      That’s so strange…grrrr…I think I have some sort of computer shenanigans going on. Of course, I have NO way of knowing how to fix them.

  4. Ryan permalink
    November 29, 2010 9:28 pm

    Speak for yourself – I am still going to eat the pie.

  5. November 29, 2010 10:25 pm

    I feel like after all the big holidays with “heavy” food, all I crave is green. It’s like my salad detox. 🙂 hehehe

  6. November 29, 2010 10:53 pm

    Perfect after holiday meal 🙂


  7. November 29, 2010 11:01 pm

    I totally made soup tonight! I think a really good vegetable soup always makes for a great cleanse!

  8. November 29, 2010 11:10 pm

    Oh God that video is just a little gross. Haha I couldn’t imagine making myself hate pie for any reason!

  9. November 29, 2010 11:25 pm

    Yum! I totally slacked on buying ingredients to make soup today. Tomorrow i might have to run out and get some veggies for my broth as well =)


  10. November 29, 2010 11:44 pm

    The soup looks wonderful and I know what you mean on trying to be good when possible over the holidays, there’s so much junk already at my workplace!

    I’ve had some commenting issues, some comments haven’t been loading on some sites and required a few refreshes. I blame Cyber Monday. 🙂

  11. November 29, 2010 11:45 pm

    I feel the need to detox too! This soup reminds me very much of the “French Women Don’t Get Fat” detox soup. The author is a huge proponent of leeks solving every problem. 🙂

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

  12. November 29, 2010 11:49 pm

    yumm…I love soup to fill me up. I just made leek soup last week for the first time and it was so good!

  13. November 30, 2010 12:23 am

    That soup looks fabulous!! I really like your dishes too – theyre so pretty.

  14. November 30, 2010 1:42 am

    Yep, totally went out at lunch and got a ginormous salad with just veggies. Do you notice your stomach expands too? I was literally starving today even though I’d already eaten more than usual – must have stretched it out this weekend! 🙂

  15. November 30, 2010 1:49 am

    the soup looks great!

    and i always have trouble commenting on blogs…blogger, WP, from firefox, from safari, you name it, glitch city.

    however YOURS is one of the few that’s always almost “in” on the 1st try. some i need to refresh like 10 times…it sucks!

  16. greensandjeans permalink
    November 30, 2010 2:36 am

    Blech, computer troubles make me want to jab my eyes with a fork. Also, I thought of you when I saw that one of Target’s Cyber Monday deals was for LC’s “style” book

    • November 30, 2010 1:51 pm

      Ha, yes!! I need that book.

      And speaking of books, I promise I’ll get yours out to you VERY soon!!

  17. November 30, 2010 2:59 am

    We were all set to make potato leek soup tonight and then I realized that Jason bought a fennel bulb instead of a leek!

  18. November 30, 2010 2:59 am

    I hear ya on keeping it healthy. I ate a little to much while over Thanksgiving, so need to do a little cleanse or something.


  19. November 30, 2010 3:27 am

    I so hear ya on the keeping it healthy idea! I really need to whip myself back into shape. The soup looks relish, perfect for a cold night!

  20. November 30, 2010 3:29 am

    Oops, that was supposed to be delish, not relish, LOL

  21. November 30, 2010 3:43 am

    Yum! That soup looks WAY better than just broth 😉 I was feeling the same way though, after so much delicious thanksgiving food!

  22. November 30, 2010 12:17 pm

    I feel the same way after Thanksgiving, and yet, the meal itself was fine…I didn’t over-eat at all. It’s just all the traveling and meals out. I’m not used to EVERY meal out and I don’t like it!!

    We are making potato leek soup tonight, too — I can’t wait!

  23. November 30, 2010 12:17 pm

    I am all about soup…the ultimate comfort food. Thanks for the recipe!

  24. Ginger permalink
    November 30, 2010 1:21 pm

    Yum! I’m making your soup tonight! I had trouble pulling up your blog yesterday when I tried to play the Christmas Vacation clip. I couldn’t figure it out. But, today, everything was fine. Maybe it was Cyber Monday?

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