My family has been doing Meatless Mondays for years. In fact, we eat several meals a week sans meat. We’re by no means vegetarian, but going meatless is great for our budget! Plus, I like the way plant based meals make me feel…full, but not overstuffed. Perfect for nights when we’re on the go…and for when I want to fit a workout in that evening. Nothing worse than wanting to hit up a late spinning class on a very full stomach – blech! A light, nutritious meal is in order when I’m active at night, and a plant based meal is just the ticket!
This creamy Light Potato and Leek Soup is a perfect quick fix for Meatless Monday and great football food (serve this up during Monday Night Football!). I make mine in my electric pressure cooker and it takes less than 20 minutes! This soup is vegan, but you could add a little cheese or sour cream (or even a little crumbled bacon) to the top if that’s your thing. I like mine with a teaspoon of extra ghee melted on top and some chopped green onion. YUM.
Do you do Meatless Monday? Tell us how you sideline meat in the comments. And if you’d like to learn more about eating a plant based diet and discover awesome meatless recipes, head on over to the Silk website for lots of great ideas!
- 1 tablespoon ghee
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 large leek, sliced into rings and soaked/rinsed well
- 2 celery stalks
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 large red potatoes
- 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
- 1 cup Silk™ Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
- salt and pepper, to taste
- chopped green onion and flat leaf parsley for garnish
- Turn electric pressure cooker on to 'saute'.
- Add the ghee and melt.
- Throw in the leek, garlic and celery and saute for a few minutes.
- Add a bay leaf, the chopped potatoes and the vegetable broth.
- Switch the pressure cooker to soup mode and add the lid. Set for 15 minutes.
- When the time is up, do a quick release.
- When the steam is done escaping, open the pressure cooker and carefully puree with an immerion blender or add to a blender and CAREFULLY blend. Remember, hot ingredients can cause huge messy blender explosions!
- Pour the mixture back into the pressure cooker and add almond milk.
- Mix well and warm gently. Test for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.
- Ladle into bowls and garnish with chopped parsley and green onion, if desired.
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