Sunday I decided to make lunch using what I could find in the pantry and the freezer. I had de-boned a whole smoked cooked chicken that Hubby Tom had cooked on the Traeger smoker and frozen the meat. So with that in mind I was good to go with this easy soup recipe I found on the Cooking Light web site.
To make the soup a little heartier I decided to add some cooked diced potato to it. Since I didn’t have any leftover potatoes I just diced up two small russets leaving the skin on and cooked them in the microwave for about 4 minutes and then added them to the soup.
The addition of a can of creamed corn helps thicken up this soup and the jalapeno adds just the right amount of heat and pairs surprisingly well with dried thyme. You have to try it! This is a bowl of delicious comfort food, hearty with a little heat — perfect for a Fall day.
Since there was plenty of shredded chicken left over, quesadillas seemed like a good way to make use of it. I used flour tortillas and regular full fat cheese for the family. You should have seen their happy faces.
Mine was made using a whole grain Lavash flat bread and low fat cheese – I just can’t use fat free cheese. It worked beautifully and came out nice and crisp after just a few minutes on each side in a hot non-stick skillet.
Quick Chicken Corn Chowder
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (instead of butter to cut back on the cholesterol)
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 1 jalapeño pepper — seeded and minced –or to taste– (I used half as it was a hot one!)
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 3 cups 1% low-fat milk (instead of 2%)
- 2 cups cooked chicken*
- 2 cups potato — diced, cooked** (my addition)
- 1 1/2 cups corn -canned,frozen or fresh
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
- 1/8 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1 can (14-15 0z) creamed corn
Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and jalapeño; cook for 3 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in milk and remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook until thick, about 5 minutes.
Servings: 6 Serving Size: Approx 1 1/3 cups
Per Serving: 296 Calories; 9g Fat (26.1% calories from fat); 22g Protein; 34g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 45mg Cholesterol; 370mg Sodium. WWPP 8
* You can use a deli chicken from the grocery store or some left over grilled or poached chicken. I usually double up when cooking chicken and freeze the extra just for recipes like this!
**Since I didn’t have any leftover potatoes I just diced up two small russets leaving the skin on and cooked them in the microwave covered for about 4 minutes and then added them to the soup.
Recipe Adapted From a Cooking Light Recipe from December 2001
I think I could eat soup and sandwiches just about everyday for lunch. There is something comforting about a hot bowl or cup of soup and I have found that for me it fills me up fast and keeps me feeling full for a long time. I wonder if it has to do with it being hot or the volume of it?
A cup of hot tea also seems to have the same affect for me. It fills me up and keeps me from munching. One of my tricks to avoid a fattening dessert when eating out is to order a cup of hot tea or decaf coffee after dinner. It keeps me satisfied and gives me something to enjoy while others are having dessert if I have chosen not to.
These are my two new favorite teas. The Lemon Ginger tea is suppose to help with digestion and stress. I don’t know if it does that but it does taste good. The Tazo Passion tea is a gorgeous red color and naturally sweet all on it’s own. It’s delicious hot or iced. You may have had it Starbucks as an ice tea -oh so yummy!
Both are caffeine free and contain negligible calories. You gotta love that! I have a small collection of tea cups and tea pots. Every little girl likes to play” tea party” and I guess I never out grew it! Here are a few of my favorites.
Enjoy a “cuppa” tea!
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I drink coffee in the morning and it has to be slow brewed Starbucks Columbia with a little NuNaturals stevia and FF creamer. It starts my day off right!