If you are unfamiliar with leeks, you are truly missing something: They are good, unique and are a perfect substitute for onions! We eat them all the time and put them in all our recipes!

How to substitute leeks for other vegetables?

It’s easy because it’s equal measures:

For example, for one cup of sliced onion, use 1 cup of sliced leeks. Leeks are an easy substitute!

Why should you try and adopt leeks?

  • They are sweet
    Leeks have a sweeter, more subtle and mild taste than onions. And leeks won’t make your eyes water!

  • They are vitamin champions
    Leeks contain almost every vitamin there is! And what’s more, it’s good for the heart, filled with antioxidants as your ally against high cholesterol and cancer.

  • They can be eaten whole
    Whole leeks can be baked in the oven, steamed or braised.

  • They blend well with everything
    As an appetizer, in a salad, creamy soup, dip or main meal.

  • They disappear into the background
    On a hot dog, hamburger or pizza, leeks go over better than onions with children. That is, if they even notice...

  • They are easy to prepare
    Leeks require very little cooking time. You can use the white in everything for added taste, while the leaves add excellent flavor in broth, soups and crock pot meals.

  • They are easy to find
    While onions can be found in many varieties (yellow, Spanish, brown, white, red, new, pearled, baby), leeks are always the same. You can’t go wrong!

  • It’s easy to say
    You’ll have to admit that it’s easier to say “leek rings” than “onion rings!” Yup! The competition is fierce... you’ve been warned.

Can the entire leek be eaten?

Absolutely! Even if we generally use the white part more frequently, this vegetable can be eaten entirely. You will be surprised by everything you can do with each part.

It’s epic. Really.

What are the health benefits?

They are numerous:

  • Leeks are full of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants (especially carotenoids and flavonoids).
  • They are beneficial for the respiratory tract.
  • They clean the digestive system.
  • They protect against allergens, various chronic and cardiovascular diseases and even some cancers.
  • They are a natural anti-inflammatory.
  • They possess hypoglycemic, diuretic and bacteriostatic qualities.
  • They help maintain good cholesterol levels.
  • They are digested slowly and keep you feeling full longer, thanks to fibre levels.
  • They are low in calories, about 31 for an average leek (2 % fat, 88 % carbohydrate and 10 % protein).

And how do we preserve leeks?

Good question. We can keep leeks for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. Onions can be kept for up to 2 months in a cool, dark and dry place. But even if you live in a cave, it’s not easy to find a dry spot!

So the point goes to leeks!

Goodbye, boring veggies, hello leeks!

Check out our leek recipes