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Braised Leeks and Peas

We've ditched the butter and oil in this classic side dish combo to make a healthier, lighter version that's just as creamy and delicious!

Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Yield: Serves 3-4, as a side dish


The wonderful thing about this dish is that it's super easy to prepare, using just a couple of core ingredients and a few pantry staples. It works well as a side dish, but also makes a really tasty topping for baked potatoes, mashed potatoes, or even whole wheat pasta.

Traditionally it's made with a fair amount of butter, which we obviously needed to ditch! To keep it creamy, delicious and healthy, we've substituted plant-based milk and nutritional yeast in its place. The result is pretty darn tasty! If you'd like to make your peas and leeks a little saucier, just add a bit more of both these ingredients.

To make this recipe soy-free, use almond milk rather than soy.


  • 3/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 large leek (white part only), sliced thinly
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 1/4 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened soy or almond milk
  • 1 1/2 tsps. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  1. Combine vegetable broth, leek and garlic in a large sauce pan. Sautee over a medium-high heat for 6-7 minutes until soft. Add the peas, dried thyme, and soy or almond milk. Reduce the heat slightly, and cook for a further 6-7 minutes.
  2. Add the lemon juice and nutritional yeast, and stir to combine. Remove pan from the heat, season with pepper to taste, and serve.