I love doing a little detox in January! It feels so healthy after all the rich and sugary foods of the holidays. So when my husband and I were watching… um, excuse me… binging on Emily in Paris season 2, I perked up during episode 4. There’s a brief mention of Magic Leek Soup. Apparently, it’s a simple weight loss trick French women have been using for generations.
I remembered reading about it in Mireille Guiliano’s book French Women Don’t Get Fat years ago. I dug around my cookbook library and found it!!! Hmmm… perfect timing! I love doing a little healthy detox at the beginning of the year.
OMG… it’s soooo BORING!!! Seriously. To make it simply boil 2 pounds of leeks in water and salt the broth lightly. 🤨 I knew I had to give it an Emily Cooper makeover. So here it is…
How to make Emily in Paris Magic Leek Soup Recipe
- 2 pounds leeks- white parts and light green
- 1 tablespoon butter (or olive oil)
- 1 onion- diced
- 2 parsnips (or carrots)- washed, peeled, and diced
- 2 cloves garlic- sliced
- 5 celery stalks- diced
- fresh parsley- garnish
- 1 lemon
After removing the dark green leaves and roots of the leeks, cut them long ways and wash them thoroughly. Dirt hides in them terribly. Many times you can’t see the dirt because it gets so deep into the layers.
Heat the butter in a large soup pot over medium heat. When the butter has melted, and the diced onion, parsnips, and celery.
Cook them until they’re browned.
Add garlic slices and stir to combine. Cook for 3 minutes. Put leeks into the large pot and cover with water.
Reserve the greens for soup stock.
After the soup comes to a boil, reduce the heat, and simmer for 20-30 minutes uncovered. Taste and season with salt and pepper if needed.
Strain the liquid, reserve the leeks, add chopped parsley, and a squeeze of lemon. You can even eat the leeks on their own with a little extra virgin olive oil and lemon.
Take Aways from French Women Don’t Get Fat
Even though I think the recipe for Magical leek soup is tres naitre (very boring) in Guiliano’s book, I did enjoy the book quite a lot.
The biggest pearls of wisdom I gleaned from it were:
- French women WALK EVERYWHERE
- Eat anything you want… in moderation
- Keep portions small
- Stay away from processed foods
- Butter is not the enemy. Too much of (Fat + Sugar + Carbs) is the enemy.
This is my version of #2: A bite of our local Joe Sippers’ Sip Chip cookies with a little Emily in Paris Magic Leek Soup!
Other Detox Options
I did like this Magic Leek Soup. It’s very mild and has a very subtle onion flavor to it. So if you don’t onions or if you want a soup with a more robust flavor try this Detox Cabbage Soup. It’s still my favorite.
Another tasty drink loaded with antioxidants is this Turmeric Tonic with lemon, honey, and a secret key ingredient. Yeah, I know the picture totally blows the secret. 😂
Regardless of which way you choose to enjoy the new year, I hope 2022 is a happy and healthy one for you and your loved ones all year long!