Slow-Cooker: Skinny Manhattan Clam Chowder

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This one’s for your slow cooker!

I’m all for clean eating and healthier meals… Add a virtually “hands-free” factor and I’m sold.

This “chowda'” came at a great time. Hubby was under the weather and he says this hot soup really hit the spot. This version is filled with plenty of veggies and is decadently tasting while light hitting on the waistline. Only 2 points plus per serving!

Delicious for a cool evening and just as satisfying for lunch the next day. This recipe makes 6 servings and because it does not have any dairy, it can be easily frozen without the broth separating from the food and tasting awful when reheating.

I found naturally canned chopped clams for this recipe. Beware of chemical preservatives and excess sodium in these and other canned goods. The clams were great tasting and worth the higher price at the grocery store- only water and sea salt packed.

To make this an even healthier recipe, I used organic veggies and fat free low sodium chicken broth. Natural and organic ingredients make for a healthy punch to recipes.

If you’ve never had clams or clam chowder before, this is a great way to start. Amazing!

Oh… Yes it does use real bacon and is still only 2pp!

INGREDIENTS: Makes 6 servings

2 rib(s) uncooked celery, chopped thin
2 medium uncooked carrot(s), chopped thin
2 clove(s) garlic clove (s), minced
1 medium uncooked onion (s), diced
12 oz uncooked Yukon gold potato(es), cut into 1/4in cubes
2 serving(s) Bar Harbour Chopped Clams in Juice, canned
2 leaf/leaves bay leaf
1 serving(s) Greenwise Organic Diced Tomatoes
1 tsp dried oregano
¾ tsp dried thyme
1 cup(s) fat-free, reduced sodium chicken broth
2 serving(s) Publix Lower sodium Hickory Smoked Bacon, 4 cooked strips

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cook bacon and put it aside to cool. Once cool, chop and add to all other ingredients inside slow cooker.

2. Chop, dice and cut all the vegetables and garlic according to their instructions and add clams with juice and broth to slow cooker.

3. Place 2 bay leaves atop and set the slow cooker on low for ◴ 8hrs.

One serving is 1 1/2 cup of the chowder. 2 points plus per serving. I served this delicious soup with one serving of whole grain Wheat Thins for an additional 4pp. Total 6pp for a complete meal.

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