Healthy Corn Chowder – Dairy free

dairy free healthy corn chowder

Okay, okay, I know a chowder must contain milk or cream for it to be a real chowder. But… on a dairy free blog, that just wouldn’t work, right? So please, no bad feelings if I took  dairy out of the equation. Milk is not  good for you even if you’re not allergic, anyway. This healthy corn chowder is of course dairy free, egg free and nut free. Nothing very bad inside, just don’t over eat it, or the corn might give you some trouble, if you know what I mean. Not over eating might prove to be a problem, because this dish is simply delicious.

I never cooked a chowder before, and until recently, I didn’t even know what it was. But then, I saw a recipe on one of the foodie TV channels, and it just wouldn’t leave me alone. I obsessed over it for days, but had no heart making it with dairy, so only my husband and I could have it. I wanted our daughter to also enjoy it despite her allergies. Plus, we try to eat the same food lately, so she doesn’t feel too discriminated against.

Red pepper made so much difference in this recipe I just couldn’t believe it. Don’t start cooking without one.
Corn is sweet and has nice colour. Don’t use too much, though, or your stomach will hate you.

This was my first chowder experience, and I must say I liked it a lot. I love soups or stews that can be served as standalone meals, and a strong and hearty chowder definitely fits this description, even when it is dairy free.

It is a comfort food by its definition. Too bad comfort foods are bad for your body. At least most of them. This one manages to avoid a lot of unhealthy ingredients but still taste like a proper naughty dish. Kind of like Thai green curry, if you like spicier foods. These two are similar because they both contain coconut milk and both manage to make you think you are having proper cream. Speaking of green curry… I think I know what we’ll have for lunch tomorrow.;)

healthy corn chowder
Remove the sprouts if you still have homegrown potatoes this time of the year.

Healthy corn chowder/Dairy free chowder –  tasty oxymorons

How did I make this healthy corn chowder dairy free? I did what I always do when milk is “a must”… and used coconut milk instead of cow milk and added an ingredient or two that goes with it nicely. I must say I actually don’t think I need to try and make a “real” chowder with dairy and everything, because this one works so great. If someday my daughter’s allergies fade out, I just might stick with this recipe here. It is that good.

Another plus of this one is, it is really really simple to prepare. I know I always say that, and mostly recipes actually are simple, but this one is just plain stupid. In a good way.

This recipe contains no milk or cream, no eggs, no meat or its products, and no nuts. At first, this list of non-ingredients looks like there’s not much more one could stick into a dish, at least nothing with great taste. But I managed to make it work more than just fine. Here’s the recipe for my healthy corn chowder.

Dice one red pepper and a few peeled potatoes.

Ingredients

  • one chopped onion
  • 3 table spoons of olive oil
  • 3 peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1 small red pepper, sliced to tiny bits, seeds removed
  • 1 table spoon flour
  • 300 g cooked corn
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dried thyme
  • 400 ml water
  • 400 ml coconut milk

Instructions

Heat up a pot to medium high and add 3 table spoons olive oil. Add the onions, flour, salt and pepper. Stir continuously so it doesn’t burn, and cook everything together for 5 minutes. The onions should become softer, and the flour nicely brown, but not burnt.

Onions and flour – don’t burn it.

Add diced potatoes and finely sliced red pepper.

Pour in 400 ml of water and same quantity of coconut milk, stir so all the ingredients combine.

Drain the cooked corn and add it to the dish.

Add thyme and cook for 45 minutes.

Partially mash the potatoes in the chowder.

Gently mash the soup so some of the potatoes break down a little and make this dairy free chowder a little thicker.

Serve this healthy corn chowder with homemade bread or nothing at all.

Healthy Corn Chowder – Dairy free

Healthy Corn Chowder – Dairy free

Ingredients

  • 3 table spoons of olive oil
  • one chopped onion
  • 1 table spoon flour
  • 3 peeled and diced potatoes
  • 1 small red pepper, sliced to tiny bits, seeds removed
  • 300 g cooked corn
  • salt
  • pepper
  • dried thyme
  • 400 ml water
  • 400 ml coconut milk

Instructions

  1. Heat up a pot to medium high heat. Add olive oil.
  2. Add the onions, flour, salt and pepper. Stir continuously so that nothing burns, and cook everything together for 5 minutes or until the onions become softer, and the flour nicely brown, but not burnt.
  3. Add diced potatoes and finely sliced red pepper.
  4. Pour in 400 ml of water and 400 ml coconut milk, stir.
  5. Drain the cooked corn and add it to the dish.
  6. Add thyme and cook for 45 minutes.
  7. Gently mash the soup so some of the potatoes break down and make this chowder a little thicker.

Notes

Serve with homemade bread or nothing at all.

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