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Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

I hope you’ve had a great 2016. Every year has its ups and downs. But hopefully the ups were high enough to offset the downs. I wish you all a Happy New Year this weekend.

One quick recipe to end the year – vegetable chowder. Hopefully it will be helpful in clearing out your fridge of any remaining holiday foods. And keeping you warm, as I see the forecast for many early next week is rather cold.

I’ve been tweaking this recipe for awhile, and I’ve made most of my batches with leftovers from holiday veggie trays, cheese trays, etc. It is great for just cleaning out the fridge and pantry, which is great any time of year. Enjoy!

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder (Serves about 8)

Cheesy Vegetable Chowder

4 cups low sodium vegetable (or chicken) stock
4 cups vegetables, chopped (broccoli, carrots, celery, cauliflower, zucchini, etc)
1-2 cups small diced potatoes
2 tablespoons no salt added butter
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk (preferably skim)
¼ teaspoon black pepper
¼ teaspoon fresh thyme (optional)
2 cups shredded cheese (something more flavorful than mozzarella)

1. Heat stock to a boil in a large stockpot. Add potatoes and other long cooking vegetables (carrots, celery). Add other vegetables sporadically so they all finish cooking about the same time (total time, 15ish minutes).

2. When the vegetables are almost done, heat butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and saute for about 3 minutes, until translucent. Add in flour. Stir for 1 minute. Add in milk, pepper, and thyme, stirring frequently. Cook for a couple minutes, until beginning to thicken.

3. Add milk mixture to vegetable pot. Cook until desired consistency (about 5 minutes or so). Remove from heat and stir in cheese until melted throughout.

Nutritional Information (Amount per serving):

Calories: 236
Protein: 13 g
Fat: 12 g
Saturated fat: 8 g
Cholesterol: 36 mg
Carbohydrates: 20 g
Fiber: 2 g
Sodium: 491 mg

Recipe Notes: Sorry the recipe is a bit vague in places. It really depends on what vegetables you have, how big you cut them, and how crunchy/soft you like your veggies in the soup. If you have leftover cheese slices from a cheese tray, just crumble them up or dice them up small. They’ll melt faster that way than in slices.

Source: adapted from my mom’s broccoli cheese soup recipe

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Quick Corn Chowder

Even though the weather is warmer, my family still enjoys soup for dinner. Especially vegetable soups. This is a classic recipe from my mother-in-law that is my husband’s favorite. My little girl is also a huge fan.

This soup is so quick and simple. I usually try to have all the ingredients on hand as a back-up meal or quick lunch when we need it. It’s a filling meal, but also doesn’t feel too heavy or rich, which lots of chowders do. Even though this meal has few “fresh” ingredients, it still tastes fresh, and it fits for spring or summer.

I also tried making bread bowls this time. They turned out really tasty and were pretty easy, too. I’ll post the recipe for that soon.

Enjoy!

Corn Chowder (Serves 6)

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1/4 cup unsalted butter
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2.5 cups frozen corn
1 lb frozen hashbrown potatoes
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup grated cheddar or colby cheese

1. Melt butter in large saucepan over medium to medium-high heat. Add onion and saute until softened, about 3-5 minutes. Add flour, garlic, and pepper. Stir constantly until mixture starts to lightly brown, only 1-2 minutes.

2. Stir in chicken broth and water. Make sure to stir well so there are no lumps of flour.

3. Stir in corn and hashbrowns. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally. You want to simmer this just until everything is warmed through and soup has thickened.

4. Add in milk and grated cheese. Stir and continue to cook until cheese is melted. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information (Amount per serving)

Calories: 284
Protein: 9 g
Fat: 12 g
Saturated Fat: 7 g
Cholesterol: 31 mg
Carbohydrates: 38 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sodium: 470 mg

Recipe Notes: I cut the butter in half from a standard roux for this recipe. It works well, but it is a bit thicker than a normal roux. This just means you have to stir a little more to prevent lumps when adding the liquid. I usually eyeball the corn and potatoes, but I did my best to measure the amount I put in. If it looks a little skimpy on the corn or potatoes, feel free to add a little bit more. I prefer the cubed potatoes (“southern” style), but shredded also work. You can also cut up a fresh potato and add that, but you will need to cook it for a bit longer. This soup also tastes great with some chopped up broccoli florets thrown in. The nutrition information does not include serving it in a bread bowl.

Source: adapted from my mother-in-law’s recipe

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