These days everyone is trying to be healthy while still being able to enjoy great tasting foods. Here is a healthy twist on a classic New England recipe, low carb foods clam chowder. For additional references, see sources sited below. Do not forget to come back to find more great low carb seafood recipes.
Low Carb Foods Clam Chowder
What You Need:
3 strips of thickly sliced bacon
1 med onion (chopped into small pieces)
2 med stalks of celery (chopped into small pieces)
2 cloves of pressed or minced garlic
1/4 tsp of black pepper
3/4 tsp of Old Bay Seasoning*
3/4 cup of heavy cream
3/4 cup of unsweetened soy milk**
1 cup of clam juice
3 cups of cauliflower (chopped)
2 6½ oz cans of chopped clams
1 tsp of dried thyme or 1 Tbsp of fresh thyme
2 Tbsp of fresh parsley (minced)
* If you like your soup a bit spicy you can use 1 tsp.
** If you prefer to not use soy, you can use regular milk, half and half, or water.
What To Do:
First, chop your bacon into little cubes and cook them until they are crisp. I prefer to cook them in the soup pot. Then take out your bacon (I find that a slotted spoon works best) and pour out all but a Tbsp of that rendered fat. Next you’ll want to fry your celery and onion until it starts to soften. Then add garlic and your spices EXCEPT for the thyme. Stir everything and cook it for a good minute. Now add your liquids and stir it. Then you’ll need to add your low-carb thickener at this point. I really like adding it slowly. I shake it through a strainer and also whisk it in to keep it from clumping. You’ll want to stop a bit before it is as thick as you like it. It keeps thickening as it continues to heat. Then turn off the heat when it begins to simmer.
Next, you’ll boil, steam or microwave your cauliflower until it is fork tender, and drain. Now add the thyme, parsley, cauliflower, bacon and clams to the mixture. Bring up the heat a bit again until it is just at a simmer.
This recipe yields 6 servings.
Nutritional Info: Each serving has 6g effective carbohydrate plus 2g of fiber (not including the low-carb thickener), 12g of protein, and 226 calories. If you used half and half add 30 calories and 1g of carbohydrate. If you used milk, see the Carb Counts in the Milk and Milk Substitutes.