Low-Carb Clam Chowder

 

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I enjoy chowders during the cold months. The only problem is that most chowders have flour and potatoes which are not allowed on a low-carb diet. If you have not tried it, you may not believe that cauliflower is an excellent substitution for the potatoes in this chowder.

I use cauliflower quite a lot these days. I never had it until I was an adult. Even then, it was always raw and on vegetable (or curdité) platters. It wasn’t until several years ago that I discovered what a versatile vegetable it actually is. It’s a great rice substitute, potato substitute, and I even have a recipe for paleo grits made with cauliflower on my blog.

For this recipe, I substituted cauliflower for the potatoes. I needed some extra thickness to the chowder so once I cooked the cauliflower I used my immersion blender to puree it, leaving a few bite-size chunks. It was incredible and my family never even noticed that it was cauliflower!

If you are not interested in a low-carb New-England Clam Chowder, visit www.notjustsundaydinner.com for a full carb version.

 

Low-Carb Clam Chowder
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large head cauliflower
  • 4 (6.5-oz.) cans minced clams, juices reserved
  • 2 to 3 c. bottled clam juice
  • 2 thick-cut bacon slices, minced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, diced fine
  • 1 to 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ½ tsp. fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 c. heavy cream
  • 8-oz. cream cheese
  • 6 tbsp. dry sherry
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • hot sauce, optional, to taste
  • ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Instructions
  1. Drain the clam juice from the minced clams and combine with enough bottled juice to equal 3 cups of liquid.
  2. Clean cauliflower and core. Place in a Dutch oven with a small amount of water. Cover and cook until tender. Remove from heat and drain well, and blend with an immersion blender, leaving a few bite-size pieces.
  3. Cook the bacon over medium heat in the Dutch oven until lightly crisp.
  4. Add the onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic, and stirring cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  5. Whisk in 2 cups clam juice, 2 c. of heavy cream, the prepared cauliflower, and cream cheese. Bring to a simmer, whisking until the cream cheese is completely melted.
  6. Add the bay leaf, thyme, and simmer about 15 minutes.
  7. Add the clams, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and sherry. If too thick add additional clam juice. Simmer until warmed through.
  8. Serve warm.

 

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Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

garlic mashed cauliflower

 

With Greg on his low-carb diet again I am scrambling to find recipes that the whole family will enjoy. He doesn’t care for cauliflower, and neither do the kids, but I decided I would try this recipe regardless. Had I known how well liked this dish was going to be I would have doubled the recipe.

I found the recipe at foodnetwork.com but decided to do roasted garlic instead of minced garlic, and I used Knorr Chicken Homestyle Concentrated Stock rather than chicken bouillon. The garlic mashed cauliflower was incredible. In fact, it was so good that we scraped the bowl clean!

If you need directions for roasting garlic you can find a recipe here.

 

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower
 
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Serves: 4 to 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 1 tbsp. cream cheese, softened
  • 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • ¼ c. grated Parmesan
  • 1 head garlic, roasted (see recipe)
  • ½ to 1 container Knorr Chicken flavored Homestyle Concentrated Stock, to taste
  • pinch freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Set a stockpot of water to boil over high heat.
  2. Clean and cut cauliflower into small pieces. Cook in boiling water until well done. Drain well; do not let cool and pat the cauliflower very dry between several layers of paper towels.
  3. In a bowl with an immersion blender, or in a food processor, puree the hot cauliflower with the cream cheese, butter, Parmesan, garlic, chicken stock concentrate, and pepper, until almost smooth.
  4. Serve hot.

 

 

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