I'm still trying to get over this flu; whenever I think I'm out of the woods, a fit of coughing strikes and I'm suddenly reminded that I'm human and need time to recover, but not before I've managed to scare entire rooms full of people thinking they have now been infected with an unknown fate. I try not to say things like, "Swine!" under my breath as I'm coughing, and instead simply mutter, "H1N1!" It sounds classier, you know?
Anyways, one of the best things about Marathon Week is a little something known as carbo-loading. And being that I'm still a little bit sick, I whipped up a carbo-loading soup that will make anyone both full of carbs and full of L-O-V-E. I first had this soup at my friend Megan's house this summer. You know Megan, right? Of "My Friend Megan's Backyard" fame? This soup will warm your house and home with delicious smells, and fill you up faster than you can say, "Potato Leek Soup!" I love making big batches of stuff like soup. I think I've told you I can eat the same thing every day, and so this is what I've decided to have for my Marathon Week lunches. It's currently sitting in individual containers in the fridge, ready to go to work for my midday meal.
Potato Leek Soup
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic, minced
4 Leeks, white and light green parts only, washed, trimmed and sliced into coins
5 lbs. Potatoes, peeled and diced
2 - 32 oz. containers Vegetable Broth
Milk of your choice, either regular cow's milk or unsweetened soy or almond
Chives, optional, for garnish
Sharp Cheddar Cheese, optional, for garnish
Saute the leeks and garlic in the olive oil until soft but do NOT let them brown. Add potatoes and cover with the broth. Cook until potatoes are mushy, about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning on the bottom of the pan. Remove pot from heat, and slowly start transferring the soup to either a blender or food processor. Blend the soup with some milk until it's a smooth and creamy texture. Continue blending and mixing until all of the soup is smooth. Top with either chives, like I did, or sharp cheddar cheese, as is the tradition at Megan's house.
So that's it! One week from today I'll officially be a marathoner. Assuming I live to tell about it, that is!
P.S. Leslie Elizabeth is having a super-cool Raw Crunch Diet giveaway on her blog! Go check it out!