This 21 Day Fix approved version of Clam Chowder uses cauliflower’s superpowers to make it taste rich and creamy without all of the fat and calories of heavy cream. Bonus: extra veggies!
Ya know, I’ve always LOVED clam chowder but for some reason it’s never occurred to me to make it myself. I really have no clue why. That happens to me sometimes. I have so many ideas and things floating around inside my head that dishes that I already adore occasionally get completely forgotten about. In fact, the only reason this recipe is on the blog right now is because a friend asked me to fixify it for her and I happily obliged. Honestly I was thrilled with the request because like I said, chowdah is my jam.
Have you ever had a bowl of clam chowder and thought, “This is really great, but some of these clams are impossible to chew through!”? Well I’m about to change. your. life. Well, that may be a bit dramatic, but STILL! Anyway, most recipes call for buying canned chopped clams. And hey, if that’s your thing, if you just LOVE to spend eons chewing and chewing and chewing, then go for it. You’ll get no judgement from me. Ok, maybe a little side-eye, but nothing to get worked up over. I am aware that that’s what the purists are doing, but I say, go ahead purists! Give yourself a jaw-cramp! But listen, I just don’t have time for a jaw cramp. After dinner I fully intend on eating dessert and nothing, NOTHING will stand in the way of me and my dessert.
I digress… instead of picking up chopped clams, what I’ll be doing instead, is buying a can of whole baby clams. They’re actually labeled “fancy” whole baby clams, because I’m fancy like Nancy and I highly suggest that you put on your granny’s favorite pearls, stick out your pinky finger and get fancy too because these little babies are freaking fantastic. They taste the same even though they seem to be a different type of clam altogether and they look kind of like tiny mussels, BUT! They’re nice and tender and absolutely perfect for some clam chowder. I just throw them in whole (because I’m lazy like that plus my family likes it that way), but feel free to chop them up a bit if you prefer.
To make this thick and creamy soup, well, thick and creamy, I used my very favorite tastes-like-dairy-but-it’s-not (though I did add a little dairy here) secret weapon: Cauliflower. Because it’s magic, people and if you haven’t tried blending it up in a dish yourself yet, you should check out the following recipes and you can thank me later: Individual Potato Gratins, 21 Day Fix Broccoli Mac & Cheese (one of the top recipes on this blog every. single. month.), Crab Cake Mac & Cheese, Roasted Vegetable Chicken Chili with Avocado, and 21 Day Fix Broccoli Cheese Soup (another fan favorite!).
Here’s a quick little tutorial on how this clam chowder is done:
Then you just heat through and you have this deliciousness that you’ll serve with the reserved turkey bacon:
It’s basically a vat of creamy deliciousness. Can I just eat some right now??
Anyway, I’m lucky enough that both of my girls absolutely LOVE this soup and don’t really get why other kids are afraid to try clams, but hey, if your kids are in the anti-clam camp, you can either A) Make this all for you and have lunches or dinners all week or B) Do what my mom used to do and just not tell them what it’s called or what’s in it. I believe her answer to the question, “What are these chewy things?” was “Don’t worry about it, they’re good.” And since they did taste pretty darn good, we didn’t. Deceptive? Yes. Wrong? Well, “wrong” is really so subjective, isn’t it? Either way, l hope you (and maybe even your family) love this one!
Oh, and happy Valentine’s Day!
If you make this recipe be sure to snap a pic and tag me @thefoodieandthefix on Instagram so I can check it out! It makes me ridiculously happy to see what you guys are making 🙂