Corn, Kale & Potato Chowder

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Brrrrr it is cold here!  I was at Disneyland last night (yes again, told you I love, love, love it there!) with my mom decoration gazing, but had to leave because I was FREEZING.  Temps were in the 40′s.  I’m sure to many that is not that cold, but I’m a total So Cal girl and huge baby when it comes to cold weather.  Kind of makes me wonder how I lived in San Francisco for so many years, hmmm…

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When temps drop, I totally crave warm and hearty foods.  Don’t we all?  This corn, kale & potato chowder was perfect.  Thicker than normal soup (keeps me more satisfied) and so warm and creamy, it totally hit the spot.  Aside from needing to cook for at least 45 minutes, it was so easy to prepare!

I noticed my brother (who is visiting from the cold north, crazy boy) and Erik take down several bowls.  Guess it hit the spot for everyone!

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Corn, Kale & Potato Chowder:

  • 3 cups organic corn, rinsed and drained if from a can*

  • 2 tbsp “butter” – I use Earth Balance soy free

  • 1 yellow onion chopped

  • 3 celery ribs, diced

  • 3 garlic cloves – minced

  • 2 cups full fat non dairy milk – I used almond milk

  • 3 cups vegetable broth

  • 1/4 + 1 tbsp flour

  • 8 small potatoes – cut into 1/2 inch cubes

  • dash of cayenne pepper

  • dash of nutmeg

  • dash of cumin

  • 1 tsp salt – more depending on taste

  • dash of pepper

  • 2 large handfuls of kale – stems off, chopped

  • 1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro

  1. In a large pot, heat “butter”.  Add onion and garlic.  Cook until tender.

  2. Add celery and corn.  Cook for several minutes, again until tender.

  3. Add milk and broth.  Whisk  in flour.  Bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat to low, add potatoes and seasoning.  Stir well.

  5. Cook on low heat for at least an 45 minutes (the longer, the better), stirring occasionally.

  6. A few minutes before serving, stir in kale and cilantro

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We topped ours with some fresh cilantro, avocado, and tempeh “bacon”

*I used canned corn.  Next time I will roast the corn before adding it to the soup.  I think it will add a nice flavor

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What are some of your favorite cold weather foods?

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