We are going to start our week with a fantastic ingredient. It is white, turning slightly green at the tips and it belongs to the onion and garlic family. Do you know which one it is? Sure enough.. the leek!
Our star of the week is great for our diet since it has the peculiarity of boosting the flavor of our dishes and offer an incredible nutritional variety to our eating routine.
Leeks tend to give a sweeter taste tan conventional onions. Also, they are low in fat and can be prepared in many ways (steamed, in broths, poached, sautéed etc.).
A curious data of our star ingredients is that it has antibacterial properties. When cutting leaks, a compound called Allicin is produced. This is beneficial against all infections of the gastrointestinal tract. It is important to know that, in order to maintain this property, you will need to cut the leek and let it sit for 10-20 minutes. If cooked right away, Allicin will not be released and stay inactivated because of the heat.
On the other hand, since they are a great source of vitamin A, leeks help strengthen the immune function of the body and maintain all those parts of our immune system healthy.
Leeks also have good diuretic benefits and, therefore, are great allies when it comes to fight fluid retention.
Another advantage of eating this vegetable is that it helps our respiratory system. Nevertheless, in order to make the most out of this characteristic, you will have to chew on raw leeks, so that the essential oils generated will decontaminate our mouth, nose and throat.
Furthermore, various researches have proved that they protect against different kinds of cancer, especially those related to the digestive tract. They work as a natural cancer preventative vegetable thanks to Inulin, a dietary fiber that has the ability to protect DNA from damage and mutation and to stop the growth of tumor cells.
How about the vitamins and minerals? Well, leeks, as we already mentioned, contain vitamin A, but is also vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and vitamin C and K. the main minerals are iron, calcium, potassium, zinc, phosphorous and sodium. As you can see, its nutritional value is amazing and it all helps with constipation, lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
This week in Baking Moods we are going to prepare the following recipes:
We hope you will enjoy them!