Lighter Corn Chowder Soup Recipe

Happy Monday eve! I started writing this post nearly two weeks ago and finally wanted to finish so I could share this awesome recipe with you all.

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These past two weeks have been a doozy for me – this is my first few weeks after taking off from work and I still feel like I am going nonstop between errands, watching K, and learning how to exist without going into an office every day.

(Recap: I’m taking an indefinite work leave as of December 1st; we’ll be moving out to a more suburban area in February; K is on a decreased preschool schedule.)

I should really be doing a Thanksgiving recap because I made the amazing Vegducken that was making the rounds this year BUT it’s now almost a month past Thanksgiving and I made this light version of a cream of corn soup and I simply cannot deny you the recipe; it’s just that good.

I was at Whole Foods and saw this SOUPS & stews special magazine by BH&G; one of my goals for December is to make more soup so I picked it up.

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They had a version of corn chowder but it called for two cups of half & half and B can’t eat something like that (creamy soups upset his stomach). So I made a few changes. Here’s my take on this – it’s a whole lot lighter than the original, but really really tasty. I found it super creamy and rich even with my changes.

Lightened Up Corn Chowder

Ingredients

  • 4 slices reduced sodium bacon
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrot
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 1 14-oz can of whole kernel corn
  • 14.5 oz chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 2.5 cups plain unsweetened almond milk

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet or soup pan; pat excess oil off the bacon with paper towels. Keep the drippings in the pan. Crumble the bacon (it will be sprinkled on top of the soup when serving).
  2. Heat the bacon drippings to medium. Add the onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook about 10 minutes or until the veggies are soft, stirring frequently. Add the butter; stir until melted. Add the flour, stir, and cook another minute.
  3. Add the corn, broth, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil then reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 7-8 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Stir in the half and half and almond milk. Bring to a boil once more, then remove from heat. Top with the crumbled bacon. Serves 4.

I hope you get a chance to try this… I will definitely be making it again!

Hopefully will be back later this week with more updates and maybe another recipe or two 🙂

Can’t believe it’s less than two weeks to Christmas. I am so not done with my shopping!

A Spiced Rice Obsession

Do you remember this “Indian rice” recipe I made a few months ago? I almost forgot about it until this week. Then I made a variation of it and now I’m obsessed again. It is just so good. Eating rice (spiced rice!) just makes me happy.

Here is my new variation, and the new ways I’ve been enjoying it:

Obsession-Inducing Spiced Rice

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rice of choice (this week: brown basmati (1x) and short grain white (1x))
  • water (1:1 ratio for white rice; 2 cups water to 1 cup rice for brown)
  • 2 heaping tablespoons of ghee (butter works too) (or if you are vegan use peanut/sesame oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2+ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2+ teaspoon dill
  • 1/4 cup raisins

Method

  1. Soak raisins in hot water until plump. Chop in small pieces.
  2. Put all ingredients in rice cooker, mix, press start.
  3. (Alternately, you can cook rice on the stove, the normal way…)
  4. Serve with peanut butter.
  5. Or serve with yogurt.
  6. Or however else you choose.

My dessert one night: peanut buttery brown basmati rice concoction (just basmati obsession-rice + heaping spoonfuls of peanut butter):

And a breakfast of: yogurty short-grain white rice mix (obsession-inducing white rice + 2% greek yogurt + NuNaturals cocoa bean extract) (enter my NuNaturals giveaway here):

The rice comes out nice and chewy and flavorful. I will definitely keep making it!

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Don’t forget about my NuNaturals giveaway! It ends Saturday.

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Teaser:

White obsession-rice over a mystery salad… can you guess what’s in that lunch bowl of yum?

New Year’s Resolutions – filling in the blanks

Happy new year!

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I saw this little meme over at Just Flourishing (who saw it at Non-Society, and it’s originally from the Chicago Tribune ).

The author says:

"To help us pursue our better life, I’ve devised the following resolutions form. It’s based on the premise that the most successful resolutions are specific. Each entry asks for one, and only one, answer. If you accomplish all of these you will be entitled forevermore to let yourself be."

One thing I will learn: I want to learn Spanish. I also want to brush up on my Italian, German, and French.

One place I will go: I want to go to Hawaii (honeymoon?), Japan, or somewhere in the Caribbean. If I get to one of those places I’ll be very pleased.

One habit I will break: Snapping at people. Sometimes when I get very comfortable with someone (my family, Bobby, etc…) I get snappy when I’m annoyed. Have to work on this.

One habit I will cultivate: Patience.

One work habit I will change: Procrastination.

One thing I’ll eat more often: Healthy fried rice. I think this is my new favorite food.

One thing I’ll eat less: Meat.

One thing I’ll drink more: Kombucha.

One thing I’ll drink less: Diet soda in general.

One resentment I’ll get over: Yup yup, this one is secret.

One person I’ll treat more respectfully: Secret too. But I know exactly who this is.

One thing I’ll spend less money on: Things I don’t need/clutter/things that I buy just because they are on sale.

One thing I’ll spend less time doing: Ruminating.

And a thing I’ll spend more time doing: Hanging out with Bobby AND yoga.

One resolution I’ve made before but will honor this time because I really do believe that with a little effort life can be better: I know this one – but it’s personal! I hope it works.

What are YOURS?

Review: Josie’s West (New York City)

It’s good to be blogging again!

On Thursday night Bobby and I met up with one of my friends from a long long time ago. Gosh, I missed her. We met her very smart and cool boyfriend as well. Thursday (December 3rd) was actually Bobby’s and my 4 year anniversary as well as my brother’s birthday and Bobby’s sister’s birthday. Pretty awesome day.

Anyway, Kate and Simon suggested that we check out Josie’s West on 75th and Amsterdam. It’s a restaurant that serves food and uses “healthy & wholesome ingredients”. Their menu had a glossary (maybe people kept asking questions?) that described some of the more atypical ingredients like “Air baked organic Belgian fries” and “coulis”.

Disclaimer: I didn’t take pictures; I found what I could online.

The meal started with complimentary bread. I chose the cornbread. It was just okay; Whole Foods’s cornbread is better. There was also a dish of some kind of creamed squash spread, which was completely fabulous. I put it on everything.

Bobby and I got two things and kind of shared. We got “organic mesclun greens” with grilled chicken and a red wine-wasabi vinaigrette. The vinaigrette was nothing short of incredible, but the greens and the chicken were fairly boring. I wouldn’t get this again (so bland) but I do want to try to recreate the vinaigrette.

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We also got the “char-grilled natural turkey cheeseburger” (picture from the website) which came with cheddar and a honey mustard sauce. Bobby got steamed greens instead of fries (who is this boy?). The burger was very flavorful and juicy. I’d get it again for sure.

To be honest, the company was way more interesting than the food. We might go back, because I feel like I missed out on some cool dishes by getting the salad… but we weren’t really focused on the food at all and I had to pick something to order at the last minute so I went with my fallback (yep, I’m a salad girl). I was way more interested in catching up with Kate!

Overall rating: 6/10 stars. If it had been cheaper I would have rated it higher. The salad was about $15 and the burger was about $14. ::Shrug:: It was a great night, though.

Before dinner I hit up Lululemon and made a kickass buy; more on that later. I also have to blog about…

Stay tuned.

What are you doing this weekend? Tonight Bobby and I went to a neat joint in Astoria and tomorrow we’re going to Chinatown for lunch with 2 of my coworkers. We’re also going back to Lulu and I hope to do some grocery shopping so that I can actually cook something yummy.