Making the Most out of Leftovers

July 26, 2010 § 1 Comment

We finally found another receptionist to work at the spa!  It felt really nice to be able to leave at 3 instead of 7 :).  Three hours makes all the difference in the world, I think.  The temps are still hot here in NY but the humidity is way down. That definitely allows for a more enjoyable outdoor dining experience.  Even though it’s in the 80s outside, we are having a hot dinner tonight!  We still have leftover corn chowder from Friday night, so we decided to make a healthy version of corn chowder.

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Into the pot went:

  • 6 ears of fresh corn or 3 cups frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 14 oz. chicken broth
  • 1 cup cubed potatoes (about 1 medium)
  • 4 tsp. all-purpose flour (thickening)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (We used reduced-fat)
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley

There was the option of adding 3 strips of crispy bacon but we didn’t have any thawed.  First, cook the onion and pepper then add the chicken broth and potato chunks.  Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes.  Stir in the corn and cook (covered) for about 10 minutes more or until potato and corn are tender.  Then, combine flour, salt and pepper and stir in milk.  Cook until the chowda is thick and bubbly! Garnish with fresh parsley.  In total, this recipe took 10 min. to prep and 20 min. to cook.  Not too shabby!

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This chowder was so good.  It was thick but not heavy and the flavor was perfect.  I love taking an unhealthy dish and putting a healthy spin on it :-D.

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We also enjoyed a simple shrimp cocktail served on a bed of lettuce.  These little shrimpies were good and chock full of nutrients!

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I’m in love with my photographs tonight!  We decided to eat outside on the deck since it’s neither hot nor humid.  I think natural lighting is the key to successful pictures!

Question of the evening: What’s for dinner tonight?

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