Good day my friends!
Warmer food is on the way to comfort us in these cooler fall days of ours in Northern Alberta. Taking advantage of our bi-weekly Urban Market here in Fort McMurray we decided to prepare Corn Chowder goodness. First time I make Corn chowder since I became vegan and fortunately for us, we are not sacrificing nor missing any flavour.
- 2 TBSP. of coconut or olive oil
- 1 medium white onion, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 3 cups of fresh corns kernels or 3 cans of unsalted corn kernels
- 4 medium red or russet potatoes, peeled and cut in 1″ cubes
- 4 cups of vegetable broth
- 1/4 tsp. of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 can of full fat or light coconut milk, preferably organic
- 2-3 carrots, peeled and chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Garnish (optional): Chives, lime juice, sliced basil, radish, avocado, freshly grind pepper
- Heat a large pot adding the coconut or olive oil. Add the onions in a low-medium heat and sauté them until they are kind of glassy looking, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and pepper flakes and sauté them for another 2 minutes.
- Add the carrots, potatoes and corn and cook for 3-4 minutes. Pay close attention so nothing burns. Add the vegetable broth and let it simmer for about 15-min or until vegetables are soft enough to be mashed with an immersion blender or a simple masher. Mash the soup to your desired consistency.
- Add the can of coconut milk and salt and pepper to the soup and let simmer in low heat for another 5-7 minutes.
- Garnish and serve! Lime juice and avocado are a must in my opinion, as well as some good whole wheat baguette, yet everyone has it’s own way to enjoy these thick warmy soups right?
Coconut milk comes to the rescue when we are craving those great thick soups, creams and chowders that we used to make while eating an animal-based diet. If you haven’t tried out this milk yet, I am sure that once you do, you’ll know that becoming dairy-free for a bunch of recipes is totally doable without having to give up any of the rich thick goodness. Plus, coconut milk will not clog your arteries as cow’s milk will. Bonus!
Let me know what you thought of this chowder! How did you like it? Did you enjoy the texture? Were you missing the “real” milk? These are all important things a lot people are not ready to give up when thinking of switching to a non-dairy lifestyle. Changing diets can be scary, but honestly, mother nature gave us everything to enjoy all kinds of foods without killing or harming any animals, so why not try it?
Coconut in all it’s forms is good for our bodies. And if it’s good for the Gut, it’s good for the Soul!
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