Recipe adapted from Healing Foods
Welcome to Fall! Sometimes we need a bit of comfort food to ground ourselves. Perhaps we’ve been betrayed by a trusted friend, perhaps we feel alone in our world, perhaps we’re just stressed and need some nurturing…and perhaps I’m just projecting. Perhaps the change of season has left us a little blue. In any case, comfort food doesn’t really help if it’s filled with unhealthy ingredients. That’s not taking best care of ourselves. So I present a milk-based vegetarian chowder filled with comforting whole ingredients like corn, potatoes, and winter squash. Worked for me, and hope it does for you too.
|Lots of Healthful Ingredients|
|Super-thick Chowder, Before Adding Herbs & Milk|
Since I was planning for leftovers, I’ve cooked both the corn and green beans until crisp-tender. You could add them a few minutes earlier if you prefer them more well-done. Here’s wishing you some early fall comfort and joy.
serves ~10 - 12
1 tbsp. olive oil
½ tbsp. butter
¾ finely chopped onions (2 large)
½ cup finely chopped celery
¾ lb. winter squash
½ lb. carrots
1 lb. potatoes, preferably yellow
4 cups veggie broth
2 bay leaves
¾ lb. green beans
3 – 4 cups milk (see details above)
¼ cup chopped, packed parsley
1 tbsp. fresh thyme leaves
fresh ground pepper
For best results, prepare all veggies first. Finely chop the onions and celery. Peel and dice winter squash into ~3/4 inch chunks, removing any seeds. Scrub and cut potatoes in large dice. Scrub and slice carrots thickly. Cut corn kernels from cobs. Snap ends off green beans and cut or break into 1-inch pieces. Chop and measure the parsley. Remove thyme leaves from stems.
Heat the oil and butter in a deep 8-10 quart soup pot over medium high heat. Stir in onions and lower heat to very low. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and translucent.
Add celery, winter squash, carrots, and potatoes to pot. Turn heat to high. When veggies sizzle, lower heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add veggie broth and bay leaves to pot. Bring to boil. Simmer 7-8 minutes, until potatoes are somewhat tender.
Stir in green beans and continue simmering for 2 minutes. Stir in corn and simmer another 3 minutes, till corn and beans are crisp-tender.