Food for Thought – January 8, 2013

I hope each and every one of my readers had a great Christmas and I wish you all the best New Year ever.

How about some soup to warm us on this chilly new year?

This first recipe is from Kendra Doss of Smithfield, MO who says, “Add as much or as little cayenne pepper as you like for your personal heat level.”

Curried Chicken Corn Chowder

2 medium onions, chopped

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 Tbsp butter

3 cans (14-1/2 oz.) reduced sodium chicken broth

5 cups frozen corn

2 tsp curry powder

1/4 tsp each, salt and pepper

Dash cayenne pepper

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 cup 2% milk

3 cups cubed cooked chicken breast

1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro

1) In Dutch oven, saute onions and celery in butter until tender.  Stir in next 6 ingredients.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

2) In a small bowl, whisk flour and milk until smooth.  Whisk into the pan.  Bring to boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.  Add chicken and cilantro; heat through.

One cup equals 221 calories.

Diabetic exchanges: 2 starch, 2 very lean meat.

I really like clam chowder.  I think you’ll like this recipe from Sandy Larson of Port Angelas, WA.

Clam Chowder

4 center cut bacon strips

2 celery ribs, chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

3 small potatoes, peeled and cubed

1 cup water

1 bottle (8 oz.) clam juice

3 tsp reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules

1/4 tsp dried thyme

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups fat-free half and half, divided

2 cans (6-1/2 oz each) chopped clams, undrained

1) In a Dutch oven, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp.  Remove to paper towels to drain; set aside.  Saute celery, onion and garlic in drippings until tender.  Stir in potatoes, water, clam juice, bouillon, pepper and thyme.  Bring to boil.  Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

2) In small bowl, combine flour and 1 cup half and half until smooth.  Gradually stir into soup.  Bring to boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes, or until thickened.

3) Stir in clams and remaining half and half; heat through (do not boil).  Crumble reserved bacon; sprinkle over each serving.

1-1/3 cup equals 260 calories

Diabetic exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.

This last thought from Isaiah 64:7:

Yet, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You the potter: we are the work of Your hands.

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Until next time,