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Meatless Monday Recipe: Simple (& Gluten-Free) Corn Chowder
Corn chowder is definitely a spring meal you can save for those much more 'blustery' days. Keep this creamy corn soup on hand for those inevitable April showers, and you'll find yourself using it again and again.

Simple Corn Chowder

(Makes 3 - 4 servings)
INGREDIENTS:
2 - 3 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 large white onion, chopped (~1 cup)
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 small red potatoes (or 1 small russet), quartered (peeling, optional)
Sea salt and ground black pepper
3 ears corn (or 1 1/2 cans), kernels sliced off
2 cups low sodium veggie broth
2 cups unsweetened plain non-dairy milk
2 - 3 green onions (garnish), chopped
1 - 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor (optional)
DIRECTIONS:
1) To a large saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil, onion and garlic and sauté for 3-4 minutes.

2) Add potato, season with a little salt and pepper, and cover to steam for 4-5 minutes.
3) Add most of the corn, reserving a little for garnish, and stir. NOTE: If you plan to blend the soup, I recommend adding half broth, half milk for a more creamy texture. But if you intend to leave it unblended, forgo the milk and do all broth for best texture/flavor.
4) Add broth and almond milk (if using), cover, and bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low. Cook until the potatoes are soft and slide off of a knife when pierced - about 5 minutes.If blending, add 3/4 of the soup to a blender and blend until creamy and smooth. If using nutritional yeast, add now.
5) Transfer soup back to the saucepan and bring back to a simmer. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed. Cook for at least 10 minutes to let thicken. The longer it simmers, the more flavorful it will be.
6) To serve, top with chopped green onion, remaining fresh (or lightly sauteed) corn, and black pepper. Add a sprinkle of paprika for color.

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When I saw "corn chowder," I though "Uh-oh. Here comes the heavy cream." But this recipe is not heavy at all, and paired with a nice salad would be a wonderfully balanced spring meal! Thanks for sharing :) looks delicious.
@aschaaff I think the best thing about starchy vegetables like potatoes and corn is they each have their own kind of creaminess. I think instead of plying it with heavy ingredients, sometimes it's just best to add only a little bit of an 'enhancer' (in this case, some non-dairy milk) and let the veggies sort of just do their thing.