Tasty Tuesday: Yippee-Ki-Yay Spicy Southwest Chicken Chowder

Thank you Hungry Girl for another AWESOME recipe.  I am such a soup girl when the weather gets cold.  I usually need to be warmed up AND it is so easy to heat and make when dinner is just me while hubby is at work.  I like to create my own “concoctions” with things I have on hand so trying new recipes is always fun.  Hungry Girl helps us to spice up our life with a bowlful of this hearty soup!  Flavor, fiber, and all that protein — poultry power!!

1/10th of recipe (about 1 cup): 163 calories, 1.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 654mg sodium, 18.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 18.5g protein. MAKES 10 SERVINGS.  Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 2*

Ingredients:

2 – 14.5-oz. cans (about 3 1/2 cups) fat-free chicken broth
15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
14.75-oz. can cream-style corn
1 cup chopped red bell pepper (about 1 pepper)
1 cup chopped onion (about 1/2 onion)
2 tbsp. chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (about 2 peppers)
1/2 cup plain light soymilk
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1 1/2 lb. raw boneless skinless chicken breasts, halved
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1/4 cup fat-free sour cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Directions:

  1. In a slow cooker, combine broth, beans, corn, bell pepper, onion, chipotle peppers, soymilk, garlic, and cumin. Stir well.
  2. Season chicken with salt and black pepper and place in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or on low for 7 – 8 hours.
  3. Transfer chicken to a bowl. Shred with two forks — one to hold chicken in place and the other to scrape across the meat and shred.
  4. Stir shredded chicken into the soup in the slow cooker. Stir in potato flakes, sour cream, and cilantro. Enjoy!

NOTE:  HG Alternative! Skip the chipotle peppers for a deliciously mild chicken chowder.  Although I LOVE spicy, I will probably skip the peppers this time around.

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Tasty Tuesday: Summer Corn, Bacon and Potato Chowder

Thank you Weight Watchers for a YUMMY, gluten free recipe..  Sweet summer corn can’t be beat. Highlight it in this chowder along with buttery Yukon Gold potatoes and smoky Canadian bacon.  I can’t wait to pick up some corn from the farmer’s market this week.  Thompson Farms has the BEST, non-GMO corn around.

Prep Time: 20 minutes    Cooking Time: 20 minutes     Servings: 4    SmartPoints™ value: 3     Yields about 1 1/2 cups per serving.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium uncooked Yukon gold potato(es) 1 spray(s) cooking spray
  • 4 piece(s) corn, kernels removed with a knife
  • 1 small sweet red pepper(s), diced
  • ½ cup(s) uncooked celery, chopped
  • ¼ cup(s) uncooked onion(s), chopped
  • 4 oz uncooked Canadian bacon, diced
  • 2 cup(s) fat free skim milk
  • ½ tsp table salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • ⅛ tsp hot pepper sauce, or to taste
  • 2 medium uncooked scallion(s), thickly sliced

Directions

1. Pierce potato in several places with a fork; microwave on high power until tender, turning over once, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool; peel and mash.

2. Meanwhile, coat a large saucepan with cooking spray. Add corn, red pepper, celery and onion; sauté over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

3. Stir bacon and milk into saucepan; stir in mashed potato and mix well. Season with salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce; stir to combine. Cover and simmer 10 minutes (do not allow to boil); serve garnished with scallions.

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