Lighter Corn Chowder

I really enjoyed my morning yesterday.  I was up around 6:30.  I don’t have to leave my house until about 8:10, so it was nice to just blog, read blogs, put my food together, shower and not feel like I was rushed.  My problem lately?  I’ve been staying up until 11:30 or later!  I am too old for that so for my exciting new plan starting Saturday for the month of April (to be announced on Saturday April 1!) my plan is to get to bed no later than 10:30.

So one thing I noticed is that I can toggle between the tracking points and the Simply Filling plan on WW.  At the end of last night I had 28 flex points remaining for the week and when I switched the eTools back to tracking points, my flex points stayed at 28 – I wasn’t sure how that would work out!

I ended up having two open face english muffin sandwiches with a grapefruit on the side – the fruit was from my PIL for my birthday – nothing like having Florida citrus!  Breakfast comes in at 7 points.

I couldn’t wait to get outside yesterday – perfect – sunny and 50 degrees, although it was pretty windy!  Not that I didn’t mind the temps in the 80’s but I much prefer those temps in July and August, not March.

I ended up walking mostly (because my blood sugar was 160) with some sprints in between.  I mapped it when I got back and was happy to see I went 4.25 miles in 55 minutes.  Nice!

I love that we are seeing stuff bloom so early – so pretty to see colors instead of shades of grey. 😀

I ended up having leftover spicy tomato soup with balls, but added a cup of chopped baby spinach the last two minutes of heating it up – this is such a filling soup!   Lunch comes in at 8 points.

One of the birthday gifts Hannah gave me was America’s Test Kitchen COMPLETE COOKBOOK!  I didn’t even know this book existed, but it basically has every recipe from 2001 to 2012 – its 790 pages!

And because I read a cookbook like a book, the first recipe that caught my eye was on page 24.  Lighter Corn Chowder.  I made it even lighter by reducing the butter to 1 tablespoon instead of 3, and of course, left out the onions!  I wasn’t even sure I’d be able to find corn on the cob in March, but my store had it on sale – 8 ears for $1.98!

Lighter Corn Chowder

  • 2.8 points if you are following Simply Filling; 6 WW points, or 225 calories, 5.3 fat, 39 carbs, 5 fiber and 7 protein for a 1 1/4 cup serving.

Ingredients:

  • 8 ears of corn, husks and silk removed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 slices bacon (original recipe called for 4 ounces
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 5 cups water
  • 12 ounces red potatoes (I used white baby potatoes)
  • 1 cup fat free half and half

Using a sharp knife (careful!) cut the kernels from the ears of corn; transfer to a bowl.  (I got exactly 5 cups of kernels).  Now holding the cob in another bowl, carefully scrape down the sides of the ear of corn, getting the corn milk from the cob.  The original recipe said to strain that mixture in cheese cloth, but I am lazy and just left it as it was.

Melt the butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add bacon (okay add onion here if you want), salt and pepper (about 1/2 a teaspoon each – or to taste).  Cook for a few minutes, then add flour and cook for 2 minutes.  While stirring constantly, gradually whisk in the water and bring to a boil.  Add the corn kernals, and potatoes.  Reduce to simmer and cook until potatoes are softened – about 15-20 minutes.

Transfer 2 cups of the chowder to a blender and puree until smooth – about 2 minutes.  Return the puree to the pot, stir in the half and half and the reserved corn juice (milk) whatever its called.  Season with salt, pepper and sprinkle with chopped basil if desired.

After you cut off all the corn from the cob, there is still so much flavor left – who knew?

And after you scrape the cobs into a bowl, this is what it looks like – you can see why I didn’t want to strain it, and that it kinda looks like scrambled eggs!

I may have added some pickled jalapenos to my bowl I had over the weekend!

For dinner Tony and I had skinny grilled pork chops and a bowl of corn chowder.  Kind of an unconventional dinner, but I learned many, many years ago that soup does not make a meal.  Hence, the pork chop on the side. 😀

It was still in the 70’s when I was grilling.

Guess who hung out with me on the deck while I grilled?  The man of mystery . . . TONY!  I put his picture in black and white to make him seem more mysterious. 😀

So my skinny pork chop and soup came in at 11 points.

After dinner Hannah and I watched an old VHS tape that my Mom put on DVD.  My sister recently found it and it was a tape that took that had Hannah’s 4th birthday on it and my nephew Paul’s first video after he was born.  It was weird to hear my Dad’s voice and see his face – he died when Hannah was six. 😦  I am so thankful I lived with my parents for five years because Hannah has the best memories of Poppy out of all the grandkids.  You can read about my Dad here.

I took this picture off the computer because not only is it cute because Hannah has Paul wrapped up in her favorite blanket (aka the “stinky” blanket because she never wanted me to wash it).  She also has her polk-a-dot pillow case that was the first bed linens she had once moving from a crib to a twin bed.  Um, for the record, sixteen years later, Hannah has the stinky blanket still on her bed (my Mom made it into a pillow) and she still uses that pillowcase.

It’s supposed to be another gorgeous day – I think I’ll be able to get my 10 mile bike ride in at lunch today. 😀

Make it a great day!

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33 thoughts on “Lighter Corn Chowder

  1. Tony’s face looks like he’s lost weight? If so, good for him! Stuff is blooming here too but we’ve had a couple of nights of deep freeze… hoping it doesn’t kill everything off early.

    Have fun on your bike ride today!

  2. Good for you for getting in the exercise!

  3. Biz I read the post about your Dad and it brought me to tears. We both lost our Dad on an age that’s too young (mine was 62) and we both lost our Dad to cancer (mine was a heavy smoker too).
    My Dad has passed away 12 years ago this May but I still miss him and I can still cry about it on some days like now after reading about yours.

    Off to a lighter subject: I read a cook book as a book too. I read it first from beginning to end before I start cooking from it. I do the same with cooking magazines, I read them first and then tear out the recipes I want to make.

    You’ve asked about my soup. It’s difficult for me to translate a recipe to English because of the names of the ingredients but mostly because you use different measurements than we do. That’s also the reason why I never make recipes in English. I got so many of my own and it’s too much work to translate and recalculate. But the soup had chicken bouillon, coconut milk and yellow curry paste, that you boil for a while (you’re such a good cook you can think of how you need, I guess). After you have boiled that for about 10 minutes you add soup vegetables and chicken breast and cook it till the chicken is good to eat.

  4. Oops forgot: when the soup is ready you add some noodles that are ready to eat to the soup.

  5. Love that corn chowder! I’ve never scraped corn off the cob, I always just use frozen corn. Love that meatball soup – it’s always good when Biz cooks with balls!

  6. That last picture is so precious! Corn chowder or soup is so delicious! I want to make a batch with local corn. Glad you got out at lunch. I love 80 degree temps all year round 🙂

  7. I’m glad you got the dvd! That was one of my favorite parts too!

  8. melissalikestoeat

    Soup does not make a meal either according to my husband. I always have to serve something with it. 🙂

  9. Awww, what a sentimental girl Hannah is! Love that she still has her baby things.

    And great to see Tony (::waves::)!!!

  10. I love corn chowder! It’s even better with some spice added to it. Once corn gets a little cheaper here, I’ll have to make a bunch. Andy loves it too.

  11. Yum, that corn chowder looks delish! Making it with fresh sweet corn makes it all the better 🙂 Nice to see Tony. That last picture is precious!

  12. I love corn cut right off the cob- that is my favorite way to eat it! I prefer that over eating it ON the cob (which most people think is weird!). Oh man, I can’t wait for corn to pop up at the farmers markets!
    The chowder looks awesome. My husband is from New England and obsessed with clam chowder- but he would love this too.
    I have a good friend who is 30 that still sleeps with the same stuffed dog every night that she got the day she was born. She has seriously never slept without it!

  13. My daughter’s had a doll from birth that she adores named Lucy. We’ve already had to secretly replace her once. My MIL picked her up on a whim for $5 in a clearance bin. We had to pick her up off of eBay for $35!!! It was worth it though. 🙂

    The only corn chowder I’ve ever had is Campbell’s Chicken Corn Chowder (and it’s my favorite of their soups.) I’m afraid to taste what real corn chowder is like, but this looks so good!

  14. Send that warm weather here! We dipped back into winter.

    Soup can be a meal for me if it had enough protein in it – or if it is a creamy (fatty) soup.

    • Looks delicious! Thank you for linikng up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

  15. That corn chowder looks fabulous!!!
    I have never heard of that cookbook. That looks fabulous!! What great recipes, I’m sure!!

  16. I want that cookbook! 790 pages of heaven, I bet! The corn chowder looks delicious and yep, until recently, I had no idea about corn’s milk either 🙂

    I can’t wait to hear about your new plan…you’re always cooking up something — literally and figuratively 😉

  17. I used to try to eat that zero point WW cabbage vegetable soup before meals to help lighten my meals. I hated it! That corn chowder, on the other hand, looks quite tasty.

    That is such a sweet photo. I had a blankie too as a child which eventually dwindled down to a tiny piece of cloth that I affectionately called Booby! I just snorted when I wrote that!! My son has this rather large stuffed bunny that he still sleeps with. Carlos cleverly named him Bunny and he tells us that it’s bunny’s ears he loves the most.

    I can’t wait to see what you’ll be cooking up with that new cookbook. Biz is it tedious calculating all the calorie and points information? I have used Spark People on and off. I really need to get back into tracking something but after a day or two I get annoyed with having to enter in recipes and foods that are not found in the database.

    Hope you were able to enjoy your bike ride.

    • I use fatsecret.com to figure out the calories. What you may not know is that I can type about 120 words a minute, so its a quick process for me. 😀

  18. Envious of your birthday gift! HUGE ATK fan! Where did Hannah find the book? Just wondering. Might have to ask for it for Mom’s day over here! lol

    The soup looks just wonderful. I can almost taste it! Imagine how wonderful it will be when local corn is in season!?

    I agree with the early buds and flowers…love it. I get to tired of the grayness of winter. But if you give me a winter like this year every year…I will not complain!

    Have a good ride Biz!

  19. I love love love corn chowder. And corn bread. Yum!
    Hope you had a nice ride at lunch today!

  20. I also read cookbooks like a book. I have never seen that giant cookbook but I might need to add it to my amazon wish list. That pic of Hannah is so cute, it must be so nice to have those videos.

  21. Cookbook envy! Now that’s a “novel” that will take a while to read! Curious, why did you call Tony the man of mystery?

  22. The soup sounds delicious! I’d leave the bacon out (I’m a veggie) but otherwise, Yum!

  23. 1. The end of 110+ degree tmrpeeatures!2. The beginning of the holiday season – especially Halloween.3. The smells – spicy, cinnamon, pumpkin, apple… mmmm4. The colors – warm reds and oranges and browns5. Our wedding anniversary – every year married is very significant to me, as my mom was married four times, and none of the marriages lasted very long. It makes me feel successful.And this year – we get a baby! Yay!

  24. Looks delicious! Thank you for lininkg up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday. We would love to have you come back next Saturday and share more of your incredible ideas. -The Sisters

  25. Reading this makes my decisions easier than taking candy from a baby.

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