Weekend Healthy Recipe Makeover…New England Clam Chowder

I try to live a healthy lifestyle and also bring my children up the same way.  Many parents would like to cook meals that are healthier for their families but either don’t know where to begin or are skeptical of whether the food with actually taste good.  I’m here to tell you it’s possible.

Every weekend I’m going to prepare a new meal that is a healthier version than your typical recipe.  I do plan to try some of those tasty kid-friendly recipes that disguise fruits and veggies.  Every Monday I will share my experience with you.  
You CAN eat many of your favorite recipes and still be Eating Healthy.  All it’s takes is a little tweeking and VIOLE…it’s a Healthy Recipe Makeover.

Healthy New England Clam Chowder Makeover

Prep Time: 25 min.  Cook Time: 35min


  • 4 center-cut bacon strips
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 3 small potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) clam juice
  • 3 teaspoons reduced-sodium chicken bouillon granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups fat-free half-and-half, divided
  • 2 cans (6-1/2 ounces each) chopped clams, undrained
Cook bacon over medium heat until crisp… Remove to paper towels to drain ; set aside. **I actually use the Makin Bacon product for the microwave.  It makes it crispy with a lot less fat/greasiness. 

Saute celery and onion in one -two tablespoons of bacon drippings (or olive oil) until tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the potatoes, water, clam juice, bouillon, and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

In a small bowl, combine half and half and light cream.  In another small bowl combine flour and 1 cup half-and-half/light cream mixture until smooth. Gradually stir into soup. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.

Stir in clams and the remaining half and half/light cream; heat through (do not boil). Crumble the reserved bacon; sprinkle over each serving. 

Yields: 5 servings

Nutrition Facts: 
1-1/3 cups equals 260 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 22 mg cholesterol, 788 mg sodium,
 39 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 13 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch, 1 lean meat.
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