Saturday, January 26, 2008

Quinoa Corn Chowder

Is there anything more tummy-warming than chowder on a cold winter day? I'm not a huge fan of corn chowder, but I am a big fan of quinoa and I'm always looking for new ways to use it. I don't have a huge stockpile of recipes incorporating it since it is often used in place of rice or couscous and I don't use either of those ingredients much (brown rice makes an appearance on our table when a stir fry makes its way to our table, but that's pretty much the extent of our rice consumption.)

I recommend using a Yukon Gold potato with this recipe, as it is very soft and part of it will disintegrate into the soup, adding to its thickness. You can slo sub the dried herbs for fresh, just be sure to double their amounts, as dried herbs are much more potent than fresh.

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 small Onion, finely chopped
1 large garlic clove; crushed and minced
1 lg Potato; peeled and cubed
1 1/2 cups corn kernels
3/8 cups uncooked quinoa
2 cups fat-free, low sodium chicken broth (or vegetable broth)
2 bay leaves
1 cup skim milk
1/4 cup diced red pepper
1 tsp fresh dill
1 tsp dried thyme
Salt and pepper; to taste

Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the onion, garlic, and red pepper until soft. Add the corn and potato, cook for another 5 minutes. Add stock, bay leaf and quinoa; stir well. Simmer for 30 minutes. Add milk, dill and thyme. Simmer for another 10 minutes. Remove bay leaves; add salt and pepper to taste. Garnish with dill to serve.

Yields 4 servings

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Elly said...

ohh, nice spin on corn chowder! I too like quinoa but have never added it to soup. I'll have to give it a try!

MrsPresley said...

i really want to try quinoa now! seems like i have seen a lot of recipes using quinoa lately! this corn chowder looks so tasty!

Ally said...

That looks great! What a great soup addition!