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After that crazy long post yesterday I’ll keep this one short. My friend Rachel made this the last time her vegetarian sister came to visit. AMAZING. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find soups or chowders that don’t use beef or chicken stock as their base. So finding a veggie based chowder and one that doesn’t taste bland? Pretty much made my week.
Yield: Serves 6
2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 celery stalks, chopped
1 large carrot, chopped
1 red pepper, seeds removed and diced
3 tablespoons minced poblano pepper
2 Yukon Gold potatoes, washed and diced
2 cups vegetable broth
3 ears sweet corn, kernels removed-save the empty cobs to put back in the pot (or 2 cups frozen or canned corn)
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3 1/2 cups skim milk
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Shredded cheddar cheese-optional, for serving
1. In a large soup pot, heat the butter over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the celery, carrot, red pepper, poblano pepper, and potatoes. Add the vegetable broth and empty cobs of corn, if using, and cook until vegetables are tender. This will take about 10 minutes.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and milk. Pour mixture into the soup pot. Stir. Add in the corn kernels, thyme, salt, and pepper. Let the soup simmer for 20-30 minutes on the stove.
3. Remove empty cobs of corn, if using, and ladle the soup into bowls. Garnish with cheddar cheese, if desired.
Image and recipe from here.
As I mentioned a few posts ago, I am going vegetarian for the month of August (although I technically started on July 31st). Since the feedback on the topic seems to be pretty much 50/50 I’ll give you all a brief update every Monday, so those of you who are interested can check in, and those of you who aren’t know what day to skip.
I was a little worried about how I would handle the first completely meatless week since I tend to be one of those people that crave exactly whatever it is I’ve decided to abstain from, but for the most part things went smoothly. Friday was the only notable exception. I forgot to remind Andy about procuring veggie based fare from our favorite Chinese take out place, and he came home with a bag full of our favorite things, none of which happen to be vegetarian. I was a little upset, for about two minutes, but it really was an accident and my poor husband felt awful. Besides, this is just practice for any number of future dining situations where I am going to have to be creative about what I can and can’t have. I settled for fresh fruit and veggies with hummus, and felt a little proud for passing the first real “test” of my new convictions.
*For the record I am not trying to persuade or guilt anyone into a lifestyle change, we all have different opinions on how we should live our lives. Based on some of the research and literature I’ve been reading lately, I made this decision to figure out how I personally feel about being vegetarian. I can’t say that I’ll never eat meat again, but I feel like I owe it to myself to see where this goes.
Image from here.