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Genius Leek Recipes That Add Low-Cal Flavor to Your Favorite Foods

Why You Need to Be Eating Leeks

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More subtle than scallions, leeks develop a beautifully rich, buttery flavor when cooked. They also give your health a big boost, thanks to their immune-strengthening vitamin A and heart-healthy vitamin K. (Also try these other foods that can help boost your immune system.) Sauté, roast, or toss them on the grill—their velvety texture and indulgent taste pair well with almost anything. Three top chefs offer creative leek recipes you'll add to your usual lineup.

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Leek and Garlic Dip

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Hosting the next big holiday? Switch up the dips on your serving platter by adding this hearty healthy dip from Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton, owners and chefs at OX in Portland, Oregon. Grilled leeks pureed with garlic, olive oil, and sherry vinegar produce a decadent dip that you can serve with bread or crudités or even atop meat or fish. (These four healthy chips and dips combos make a perfect addition as well.)

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Sweet and Salty Leek Succotash

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Craving both sweet and savory? This succotash from Ted Peters, executive chef at Azurea at One Ocean Resort in Atlantic Beach, Florida, combines sweet bell peppers and leeks with salty spices and meats (including, yes, bacon) to satisfy all your tastebuds. (Psst... these other recipes are proof that sweet and spicy is the best flavor combo ever.)

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Vegetarian Taco Filling with Leeks

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Whether you're a vegetarian or diehard meat-lover, this veggie taco filling from Troy Guard, chef and owner of TAG Restaurant in Denver will seriously satisfy. Leeks add a buttery flavor that balances out the kick of jalapeño salsa.

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