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Healthy Slow Cooker Clam Chowder

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Happy Monday everyone!! I hope you all had a great weekend! If you read my post the other day you might remember me ranting and raving about the best clam chowder I had on the coast. I’m sure it was composed from a vat of cream and an ample amount of butter, so in order to enjoy it on a regular basis I knew I had to Chels-ify the typical chowder recipe. I re-created an equally creamy and delicious version with a fraction of the fat. I love this recipe because it’s packed with flavor and I love me a good chunky soup. Nothing grosses me out more than a soup that is a closer comparison to Elmers glue than an edible meal. I also made this recipe a slow cooker recipe because let’s be serious… who doesn’t enjoy turning a slow cooker on and leaving for the day?! I hope you enjoy my skinny version of a normal fatty soup!

P.S Don’t miss my latest DIY project coming this week!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 cup leek, diced
  • 1 cup celery, diced
  • 2 cups white potatoes, medium diced
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 1 Tbsp thyme
  • 1 tsp dillweed
  • 1 can mushroom soup (I used reduced fat)
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 Tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2-3 cans baby clams in juice (read directions about adding these)

*If you’re not too concerned with your waistline….. add 5-6 slices of cooked bacon diced into small pieces*

Directions

1. Combine all the ingredients in the slow cooker except for the clams. Only add the juice from the clams and set aside the clams for later. Cook on low for 8 hours, THEN add the clams to cook for the last hour.

That’s it! It’s that easy! Oh the joy of slow cookers. Set it and forget it. I always prepare my slow cookers the night before and let all the flavors marry in the fridge overnight. Then I set it out for an hour in the morning when I’m getting ready and then turn it on as I’m walking out the door. I hope you like this recipe as much as I do! Enjoy

Clam chowder is one of those subjects, like politics or religion, that can never be discussed lightly. ~ Louis P. De Gouy

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