Creamy Clam Chowder

Recipe posted in: Flex™ Meals & Snacks, Lunches & Dinners
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Soup is the ultimate meal for your busy schedule. By simply tossing a bunch of ingredients into a large pot, you can quickly prepare a healthy, nutrient-packed dish with minimal clean up. In this Creamy Clam Chowder recipe, we pump up the protein, veggies and flavor to create a healthy version of the seafood classic.

To make this diet-friendly dish, drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil into a large pot and set the heat to medium-high. Toss in your chopped veggies, including two garlic cloves, one onion, three celery stalks and three carrots. Cook the vegetables for five minutes, stirring frequently. Next, stir in two tablespoons of whole wheat flour (for thickening purposes) and four ounces of clam juice. Add two and half cups of milk, two cups of baby potatoes (halved or quartered), two bay leaves and one teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Continue cooking and stirring your chowder until the mixture reaches a simmer, then reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 15 minutes. Once the potatoes are soft, stir in two eight-ounce cans of minced clams and remove the bay leaves. Season with black pepper and serve with a side of hot sauce.

Pro tip: Make this recipe dairy free by swapping in an unsweetened milk alternative, such as coconut milk, almond milk or soy milk.

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Servings: 4

Calories per Serving: 240

On Nutrisystem, Count As: 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb, 1 Extra and 1 Vegetable

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. whole wheat flour
  • 4 oz. clam juice
  • 2 ½ cups nonfat milk
  • 2 cups baby potatoes, halved or quartered
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. Cajun seasoning
  • 2-8 oz. cans minced clams
  • Black pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Heat oil to medium-high in a large pot. Add onions, garlic, celery and carrots. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in flour to thicken.
  3. Stir in clam juice.
  4. Add milk, potatoes, bay leaves and Cajun seasoning. Cook until the mixture reaches a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook for 10-15 minutes or until potatoes are soft. Stir every few minutes.
  6. Stir in clams and remove bay leaves. Season with black pepper to taste.
  7. Serve as is or top with hot sauce.