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Fish and Potato Chowder

What a splendid soup ! Subtle fish flavor, remarkably good broth, and just the perfect lunch on a cold, blustery day. Fish chowders made with delicate white fish are such a nice change from clam chowders. They are definitely milder and the consistency is just right.

Fish and Potato Chowder
Fish and Potato Chowder

4 servings
307 calories

2 slices bacon
3 c red potato, diced (or I used canned diced potatoes)
1 c chopped onion
3 T flour
16 oz. clam juice
2 c skim milk
1 T chopped thyme (or 1 t thyme flakes)
½ t salt
1/2 t pepper
1 t onion powder
12 oz. skinless halibut fillets, cut into 1-inch pieces (or other firm white fish)
2 T chopped parsley

Cook bacon in soup pot until crisp them remove, cool and crumble. Reserve 1 T of the drippings in the pan and add potato and onion and cook 5 minutes. Then add flour and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add clam juice and bring to a boil then cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender (less time is needed if you use canned potatoes). Add milk and simmer (do not boil). Add spices and fish and cook 3 minutes or until fish is done. Stir in parsley at the very end and garnish bowls with crumbled bacon.

New England Cod Chowder

This is one of the best chowders I have had ! The broth is just creamy enough without being too much – the chowder has just enough fish flavor (unlike some clam chowders that can really be too much) – and the potatoes and beans make it very filling. This mild chowder will be a favorite in your house in no time !

New England Cod Chowder
New England Cod Chowder

4 servings
380 calories per serving

16 oz. clam juice
1 C water
1 onion, chopped small
1 celery stalk, chopped
15.5 oz. cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
14/5 oz. can diced new potatoes, rinsed and drained
1 c frozen corn
1.2 t dried thyme
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 t onion powder
leftover cod from Lemon and Herb Cod recipe
3/4 c fat free half and half

Place first 4 ingredients in a pan and bring to a boil. Cook, covered, 1 minute and then add beans, potatoes, corn, thyme, salt, onion powder and pepper and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer and cook, covered, 10 minutes. Then break 1/3 of the potato and bean mixture with the back of a spoon and break the cod into large pieces and add to the chowder with the half and half. Reduce heat to low and simmer very gently about 5 minutes.

(If you haven’t made the cod recipe, you just need 1 1/2 lb. broiled cod for this dish)

Lemon and Herb Cod

This is a great quick recipe that produces a really moist and flavorful fish fillet. And you even get enough cod broiled to use it in a great chowder recipe that I’ll post in the next day or two :) If you are not going to make the chowder, just reduce the cod to 1 ½ pounds and proceed accordingly.

Lemon and Herb Cod
Lemon and Herb Cod

4 servings (plus leftovers for chowder)
255 calories per serving

1 garlic clove, peeled
2 slices whole wheat bread torn into pieces
2 T parsley leaves
1/2 t lemon zest
2 t oil
2 T plain fat free yogurt
2 t lemon juice
1 3 lb. cod fillet cut into 8 pieces
16 oz. package frozen stir fry vegetables
Pam

Mince garlic in food processor. Add bread and parsley and pulse until crumbs form. Add lemon zest, 1 t oil and 1/8 t salt and pulse to mix. Place in a bowl. Combine yogurt, lemon juice and 1/8 t salt. Preheat broiler and spray the rack of a broiler pan with Pam. Place fish on rack and broil 4 minutes. Turn and broil another 4 minutes or until fish is done.

Take 4 pieces and refrigerate up to 2 days for the New England Chowder recipe. Spread yogurt mix on the other 4 pieces and then sprinkle with the bread crumb mix and press so that the crumbs stick. Spray with Pam and broil 1 minute to brown crumbs. Remove to a plate and keep warm. Heat 1 t oil and add vegetables and stir fry 4-5 minutes. Serve with the fish.

New England Clam Chowder

This soup is just brimming with clams. If you like extra veggies, just leave out the 2nd can of clams and fill with celery and carrots instead !

New England Clam Chowder
New England Clam Chowder

4 servings
237 calories per serving

Pam
1 T margarine
1 medium onion, finely chopped
8 oz. clam juice
8 oz. water
2 large white potatoes, peeled and cut in small cubes
2 6.5 oz. cans chopped baby clams with juice
1 pint fat free half and half
1 t pepper
1 t salt
2 t chopped parsley

Spray pan with Pam and melt margarine and add onion and cook 5 minutes. Add clam broth and increase heat to high. Add potatoes and bring down to a simmer and cook 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Add clams with juice and cook 7 minutes then add half and half, salt and pepper and continue cooking over medium heat until almost at the boiling point. Do not allow to boil. Serve with the parsley as a garnish.

Corn Chowder

This is a great stand alone lunch with some Cheesy Bread on the side. Or it is a nice side to a lower cal chicken or fish dinner. The hint of cayenne adds a nice unexpected flavor dimension to the chowder.

Corn Chowder
Corn Chowder

6 servings
155 calories per serving

1 c chopped onion
1 leek, cleaned and chopped
5 c frozen corn
28 oz. chicken broth
1 medium red bell pepper, chopped
¼ t cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Snipped chives for garnish
Pam

Spray a Dutch oven with Pam and heat on medium and cook onion and leek 5 minutes or until tender. If the onions start to get dry or crispy, add up to 3T of hot water to make sure they stay nice and moist. Then add corn and cook 5-6 minutes. Add half the broth and heat to boiling then reduce heat, cover and simmer 20 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Transfer half the corn mix to a blender and process until smooth. Return to the pan and add the rest of the broth, peppers, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and salt and heat through. Garnish with chives.

Chicken and Vegetable Chowder

This is a wonderfully rich chowder that can easily be changed up just by changing some of the veggies you include. I just suggest keeping the corn – to me, it’s not chowder if it does not have corn ! Today I added some frozen broccoli florets.

Chicken and Vegetable Chowder
Chicken and Vegetable Chowder

6 servings
168 calories per serving

9 oz. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into cubes (Perdue Shortcuts work great here!)
1 c carrots, sliced
½ c chopped onion
1 c corn
4.5 oz. sliced mushrooms, drained
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ t thyme leaves
14.5 oz. chicken broth
1 can cream of potato soup
1/3 c half and half
Salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients except the half and half in a crock pot. Cover and cook on low 5 hours or until chicken is done and vegetables are tender. Then stir in half and half and cook covered on high another 15-20 minutes.

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