This recipe for a healthy potato and leek soup is warm and comforting on a cool day. This soup is easy to throw together and can be made extra special with the addition of ham or croutons.
Enjoy on its own or with crusty bread.
Continue reading for money saving tips and gluten and dairy free options. There is also a PDF version of this recipe at the end of the post which can be printed or saved to your device to save on paper.
*The Nutrition Facts label above should be used as a guide only. The amounts can change depending on the brands you use. To reduce the fat content always try to buy reduced fat products and lean meat when you can afford it. Look for reduced salt products and low sugar without artificial sugar replacements.
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Storing Potato and Leek Soup
Leftover soup can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 3 days. For longer storage place serving size portions in freezer safe containers then freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw either in the fridge overnight or place the frozen soup directly in the microwave. Make sure the lid is ajar before heating on high for 4 minutes then stir and heat on high for a further 2 to 3 minutes until heated through.
Gluten and Dairy Free Options
This recipe for potato and leek soup is gluten free as long as you use gluten free chicken stock and cornstarch. To make it dairy free; replace the milk with either lactose free milk, almond milk or cashew milk.
Save money by growing your own vegetables for soups. Leeks are planted in the spring then are ready to be picked in the autumn or fall. They will keep well in the ground over the winter months which saves on storage space inside and gives you a ready supply for soups during the winter. See this guide to Growing Leeks for more information.
Some people shy away from growing potatoes as they do need well cultivated ground however they can be successfully grown in bags. This is also a great option if you don’t have much space in your yard. See this guide to Growing Potatoes in Bags.
Chicken stock is easily made from stock powder which can be bought in bulk packs to save on money. To save even more money consider making your own stock from leftover chicken carcasses. After your family has finished their roast chicken dinner simply place the carcass in a stock pot then cover with water.
Vegetables such as carrots, celery and onions can be added. A bouquet garni will also add more flavor to the stock however you can just add whatever you have on hand. Boil the carcass for an hour then strain. Place the stock in a freezer container then freeze for up to 6 months. This non-stick stockpot from Faberware is great value, quality and perfect for making stocks, soups and stews. (Paid link)
This guide to Creating Budget Friendly Meals covers everything from planning to making the most of in season vegetables and meat to using raw ingredients to create healthy and nutritious meals which cost less to make. A little forethought can save you a great deal of money over the course of the year.
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