Pea and Leek Soup

If you prefer the soup to be 100% Vegetarian, you can substitute vegetable stock for the chicken stock.  I prefer to serve with toasted sourdough.  A swirl of cream will make this look nicer and taste richer.

Pea and Leek Soup
Recipe type: Soup
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 3 baby leeks, sliced
  • 1-1/2 c. boiling water
  • 1 c. petits pois (peas), frozen
  • 1 tbsp chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp chicken stock
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • salt & black pepper
  1. Place the baby leeks in a small saucepan with the olive oli until the leeks are soft. Add the rest of the ingredients except for the chives, setting them aside.
  2. Simmer until the peas are cooked through. Add the chives to the pan & use a hand blender to blend until smooth, or your preferred consistency.
  3. Serve with warm bread.

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Double Stuffed Potatoes

Serves 4


4 large baking potatoes 2 tbsp butter or margarine
½ c. chopped onion ¾ c. shredded reduced-fat Cheddar cheese, divided
¼ c. reduced-fat sour cream 2 tsp dried chives
Salt & Pepper


  1. Scrub potatoes; pat dry. Pierce each potato several times with a fork. Microwave on HIGH for about 10 minutes; rotate potatoes. Microwave until tender, about 3 minutes longer.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. melt butter in a medium skillet over low heat. Add onion to skillet; cook until translucent, about 5 minutes. Slice off potato tops.
  3. Scoop out potatoes, keeping shells intact; place pulp in a medium bowl. Mash potato pulp; add onion, ½ c. Cheddar, sour cream, chives, salt & pepper to bowl.
  4. Spoon potato mixture into shells, dividing evenly. Sprinkle potatoes with remaining Cheddar. Place in a medium casserole. 
  5. Bake potatoes until heated through, about 10 minutes.