Sunday, February 16, 2014

Corn Chowder

I made this for Soup Tuesday at school a few weeks back and it was rather tasty! I also really liked that it was nice and low in calories! Such a great, hearty soup for a cold winter day! The original recipe can be found here.

Corn Chowder

* 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
* 1 sweet onion, chopped
* 5 slices turkey bacon
* 1 Tbsp. flour
* 1/4 tsp Cayenne
* 2 large baking potatoes (~1.5lb., peeled and cubed)
* 2 cups frozen corn kernels, defrosted
* 32oz. chicken broth
* 1 cup skim milk
* 4oz. reduced fat cream cheese
* 1/4 tsp. salt
* 1/4 tsp. pepper
* Chopped chives (optional topping)

1. Heat oil in large stock pot over medium heat. Add the onion and using kitchen shears, cut turkey bacon into pot. Cook 5-6 minutes or until the onions soften (not brown).
2. Add the flour and cayenne. Cook 2-3 more minutes, stirring continuously until the flour coats the onion and starts to stick to the pot (without browning). You may need to decrease the heat.
3. Add the potatoes, half of the corn and the chicken broth. Bring to a boil.
4. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until the potatoes are tender.
5. Add the cream cheese and skim milk.
6. Using an immersion blender (or normal blender/food processor), blend until desired consistency.
7. Stir in remaining corn and season with salt and pepper until you like it.
8. Top with chives and serve!

Nutritional breakdown (per 2 cups): 9WWPP

343 calories

8 g fat (3 g saturated)
55 g carbohydrates
17 mg cholesterol
2g fiber
398 mg sodium
15 g protein

The website suggests you pair it with biscuits or tuna/chicken salad. I paired it with homemade sourdough bread!

It also suggests to wine pair it with Chardonnay or Pinot Blanc

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Crockpot Crustless Quiche (Gluten Free)

I love quiche. Until a couple of months ago, I had never made it myself and once I did, I fell in love!!! I haven't made it in a while, but decided to try it out on my teachers at school and they loved it! Trying to figure out how to keep everything hot in my office, I decided to find out if anyone had ever made quiche in the crockpot. When I found this recipe (I altered it a tad), I knew it was a go, especially since I have a gluten free friend at school, who, by the way, LOVED THIS! This one's for you Cara! Enjoy!

Crockpot Crustless Quiche

* Olive oil spray/Pam
* 10 eggs, beaten
* 1 cup light cream or half & half
* 8oz. shredded cheddar cheese (I used 2%)
* 1/2 tsp black pepper
* 10 pieces cooked turkey bacon, chopped
* 1 cup chopped broccoli (optional)

1. Spray a crockpot generously with olive oil or Pam.
2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the 10 eggs, 1c. cream, 8oz. Chz, 1c. broccoli and pepper. Then add to crockpot.
3. Sprinkle the cooked turkey bacon over the top of the mixture.
4. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours.
5. Check frequently so you don't overcook and dry out the quiche.
6. Enjoy!