Slow Cooker Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free)

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free!I know a recipe is a keeper when Joe eats so much of it that I barely get any myself. This slow cooker corn chowder was a huge hit–and so easy to make! If you’re spending today meal prepping for the week, add this recipe to your list. Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free! Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free! 

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free)

Yield: 6-8 servings

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder (Dairy-Free)

This easy slow cooker corn chowder is made with under 10 ingredients and no dairy!

Ingredients

  • 6 ears of corn (remove the kernels) or 6 cups corn if you're using frozen
  • 4 heaping cups yukon potatoes (chopped into 1/2" cubes)
  • 1 cup diced yellow onion
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt + pepper to taste (be generous with both)
  • Chives for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the ingredients. Shuck the corn and remove kernels, wash and chop the potatoes, dice the onion.
  2. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker.
  3. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 7-8 hours.*
  4. Transfer 3/4 the soup to a blender. Blend and then mix back into the remaining 1/4.**
  5. Enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Notes

*In my slow cooker (which is old) it takes 5 hours on high. Definitely check yours after 4--the main thing is you want the potatoes to be soft. **I don't blend part of it because I like having some potato chunks and corn kernels in every bite. If you want a smooth consistent texture, blend all of it.

http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/10/16/slow-cooker-corn-chowder-dairy-free/

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free!

Are you guys doing any meal prep for the week? I’m actually off to teach two classes and then meeting up with friends to watch some football so I’m … not. But a batch of this chowder will be made later in the week for sure! Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free! Slow Cooker Corn Chowder - flavorful, filling and dairy-free!

And that concludes this week’s edition of Gratuitous Food Close-Ups. Hope you’re all enjoying your weekend! It’s been a marathon of teaching for me–15 classes down this week and four more to go today. 🙂

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Golden Beet Salad with Avocado and Feta

Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

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Food pics and dog pics?? You guys are really striking internet gold with today’s blog post. 😉 I recently started walking my friend’s dog a few days a week, and it’s become an hour of “me time” I look forward to each afternoon. Headphones on, away from the computer, getting my daily dose of Vitamin D–I love it! And just look at this little cutie … cooking-light-1

I switch up where we go each day, and with the warm weather in full swing, these dog walks are the perfect excuse to get out of the apartment and soak in this beautiful city that I all too often take for granted. If we’re going to be crossing streets and weaving around crowds, I’ll pick out a podcast to listen to, but if I take the little fluff ball to the Public Garden, he spends so much time sniffing around trees that I can actually do some reading while we “walk” (aka stop to sniff and pee on every single bush in Boston).

For today’s post, I stopped by Shaw’s (<– you can get $1 off PEOPLE, InStyle, Real Simple, Cooking Light or Sunset magazine with that link) and picked up a Cooking Light for my trip to the park. Flipping through magazines is so relaxing to me, and food magazines in particular are perfect for blog recipe inspiration. Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

One of the pages I dogeared on my walk was a beet salad. Inspired by the recipe, I threw together this variation of arugula, golden beets, feta and avocado when I got home. So delicious! For the full recipe, check out the June issues of Cooking Light.Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

Golden Beet Salad with Avocado & Feta

I made this light and refreshing salad for dinner the other night along with some pan-cooked cod and quinoa and it was perfection.

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What are your favorite magazines with which to unwind?

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Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

I eat lunch at bgood at least once a week, and their Citrus & Avocado Salad is one of my favorites. Realizing I had all the ingredients to make my own, I put together this at-home version for dinner the other night and loved how it turned out! It’s not an exact replica (I have no clue how bgood makes their dressing) and I made a few ingredient swaps (add spinach & quinoa!), but other than that it’s pretty spot-on.

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Yield: 1 salad

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 2 big handfuls of baby spinach (or green of your choice)
  • 1/2 grapefruit, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 orange, peeled and split into pieces
  • 1/2 avocado
  • Small handful of pistachios
  • Goat cheese for topping
  • Optional: Heap of cooked quinoa (1/4 c uncooked is all you'll need for one salad)
  • For the dressing:
  • 1/3 c extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c lemon juice
  • 1/4 c fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1/4 tsp lemon zest

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the dressing ingredients and set aside. If possible, prepare the dressing ahead of time and store in the refrigerator. The flavors are so much more pronounced if the ingredients soak together for a few hours/overnight.
  2. If you're going to add quinoa for a more filling salad, cook following package directions. In general though, you use a 3:2 water-to-uncooked quinoa ratio on the stove. Bring water to a boil, add quinoa, lower to a simmer until cooked and fluffy (12-15 mins).
  3. For the grapefruit and orange, peel, separate the pieces and then remove as much of the white pith and clear casing as possible. Don't lose sleep over getting it all off--sometimes it's a total pain.
  4. Assemble your salad ingredients, top with desired amount of dressing and enjoy!
http://pumpsandiron.com/2016/05/09/citrus-avocado-salad-with-a-lemon-mint-vinaigrette/

Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe! Citrus Avocado Salad with a Lemon-Mint Vinaigrette - a perfect summer salad recipe!

The flavor combos in this salad just scream “summer!” If you want a light lunch or to eat this as a side dish, the quinoa isn’t necessary. If you’re eating this for dinner, I recommend adding it (or brown rice would be good, too).

Any other bgood fans out there? What’s your favorite menu item?

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