Fast and Fit Clam Chowder

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Prep Time: 20
Cook Time: 30
Difficulty: Moderate
Yields: 4 Servings

A healthy spin on a favorite classic: clam chowder.

Potatoes are naturally gluten-free. To be sure this dish is, too, double check the label of the ingredients indicated with a “*” to be sure they are gluten-free.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp butter or margarine
  • 1 cup chopped leeks or onions
  • 1 cup diced red and/or green bell peppers
  • 2 cans (6 1/2 ounces each) chopped clams in juice
  • 2 lbs (6 medium) potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth*
  • 2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 cup lowfat milk
  • 1 package (10 oz) frozen whole kernel corn, thawed and drained
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Shredded cheddar cheese, chopped parsley, crumbled bacon (optional)

Directions:

1) Place butter in 2 1/2- to 3-quart microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high 1 minute.

2) Add leeks and bell peppers; microwave on high 3 minutes.

3) Drain juice from clams into microwaved vegetables, reserving clams. Stir in potatoes, broth and thyme. Cover with plastic wrap, venting one corner. Microwave on high 20 minutes.

4) With slotted spoon remove 4 cups cooked potatoes; set aside. Pour contents of bowl into container of electric blender; add milk, and holding lid down tightly, blend until smooth. Return mixture to bowl.

5) Stir in reserved clams and potatoes, the corn and cayenne; season with salt and pepper. Microwave on high 3 minutes until heated through.

6) If desired, pass bowls of shredded Cheddar cheese, chopped parsley and/or crumbled cooked bacon to stir into soup.

Adapted from Potato Goodness Unearthed

Nutrition:

Calories: 308

Fat: 5g

Cholesterol: 15mg

Sodium: 799mg

Vitamin C: n/a

Carbohydrates: 64g

Fiber: 7g

Protein: 13g

Potassium: n/a

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