As I have been editing some of the pictures from my latest trip to Panama, I thought of sharing only a few snaps with you guys and my favorite soup recipe from there. This leek soup with marinated shrimps is so gooood as it’s got such a fragrant and special flavor and it requires only a few ingredients.
As funny as it might sound, I also learned this soup from my boyfriend’s mom, even though I meet her only twice. Here is the first one – Soup a la Panama – where you can find the recipe and a few details about how we first met.
As I have been editing some of the pictures from my latest trip to Panama, I thought of sharing only a few snaps with you guys. It such a beautiful and magical place. I love it!!!
Firstly, I want to mention that unfortunately leeks have received less research attention than their fellow allium vegetables (especially garlic and onions), and for this reason, there is less documentation about their health benefits.
However, leeks contain many flavonoid anti-oxidants (such as carotenes, xantin and lutein), minerals and vitamins that have proven health benefits. In addition, leeks are one of the good source of vitamin A and C, which helps the human body develop resistance against infectious agents. Including leek in your weekly diet during pregnancy might help prevent neural tube defects in newborns.
Cooking leek is easier than you might think. Fist off, look for firm leeks with dark green leaves and a white (not yellowed) neck.
My recipe for today is really easy to do. And, as a bonus, you only need leek, onions, shrimps and fresh lemons, in order to get the best leek soup ever. I am not promising you not the most appealing picture, but a wonderful taste and such a healthy bite.
- 3 leeks (white and light green parts only), halved lengthwise
- 300 g tiger shrimps
- 2 big onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 fresh lemon
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- First off, cut off the dark green top and the roots of the fresh leeks and remove the outer leaves.
- In a medium saucepan add olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions, leeks, cayenne pepper and 2 cups of still water stirring occasionally, until they soften and become lightly golden, 15 to 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, marinate the shrimps on a plate with the chopped onions and fresh lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.
- Lastly, add the shrimps to the saucepan and let them cook for another 15 minutes and ready to be served.