Baby, it’s cold outside!
At least for Texas standards…anything below 50 and people start pulling out their furs, earmuffs, and parkas.
As someone who hails from a land that tends to actually have a winter instead of the schizophrenic frenzy that are seasons in Texas, I’m accustomed to and enjoy more of an arctic ambiance, especially this time of year. At Christmas time especially, I want to dawn my fuzzy reindeer pajamas and fuzzy boots and billowing sweaters and cozy corduroys without breaking into an immediate sweat.
Can I get an amen?
On a day like today, y’all, I’m breaking out the warm and fuzzies, both for the inside and out. As a preggo paleo lady who is nearing her third trimester, I’m grateful for oversized sweaters, ponchos, and leggings to help accommodate my growing tummy that is in no way correlated to cookie consumption.
So let’s break out all things comfy and cozy, cause I’ve got a recipe that is sure to warm you from the inside out!
Once the crispness of fall finally settles in here in Corsicana (which, for the record, usually doesn’t occur until Thanksgiving), I like to make at least one pot of soup a week. While chili is probably my number one favie, chowder is high on the list, too.
This enthrallment with soups and stews runs in my genes; my mother is the one who intilled in me to crave soups, stews, and chilis once the temperatures start to dip into the 60s. She’s got an arsenal of soul-satisfying recipes. And one I remember loving the most from my childhood (and adulthood) is her chicken corn chowder.
If you’ve ever made chicken corn chowder or any kind of chowder for that matter, you know it’s not exactly paleo-friendly. Butter+flour+milk+cream+corn….sounds like a fast track for me to have some acne, bloating, and all around digestive discomfort.
But ALAS! How in the world am I supposed to enjoy one of my most beloved childhood recipes?! What’s a paleo sister to do?
The solution is simple. Cauliflower.
Cauliflower? That bumpy white broccoli that’s stinky and bland?
Yes, that’s the one. And if you’re not cool with the cauliflower, you just haven’t explored all of its countless culinary possibilities!
Way back when, I showed y’all how I use this sneaky veggie to make a béchamel-like sauce for my Paleo chicken pot pie. You boil those flourets in stock with some spices and blend em’ up to make a rich, creamy, you’ll-swear-there’s-cream-added sauce that is 100% paleo.
Today, peeps, we’re doing the same thing. Honestly, that’s the hardest part of this whole recipe. That and chopping your other vegetables.
If you’re really pressed for time, you could speed this process up a few ways…here’s some tips to cut on prep time and get this chowder in your belly even sooner!
1) March over to your deli section and buy a rotisserie chicken. All you’ll have to do is shred that bad boy up and toss it in the chowder.
2) Use frozen cauliflower florets so you don’t have to chop up the head. It’s usually comparable in price, too!
3) Buy pre-chopped veggies in the produce section to save on chop time. You could also look for chopped veggie blends in the frozen produce section, too!
Seriously y’all, this soup will delight even the non-paleo people in your life. When I served it to Mister Healthy Happy Texan last night, that bowl was empty faster than you can say, “Griswald family Christmas!”
Did my Whataburger-loving husband miss the flour and cream and butter and all that jazz? Most certainly not. Will your family or dinner guests notice the difference? Nopperoo.
To really take this chowder to somewhere special, I top mine with diced green onion and, one of Tenneessee’s beloved food groups, bacon. Serve with a side of gluten-free cornbread and a salad and you are good to go!
Having a white elephant party or Christmas movie marathon? I can’t think of a better way to warm your guests’ hearts and tummies than this cheerful chowder. Maybe chowder+booze…just being honest. And don’t worry, I’m not drinking for two over here…the wine can wait. More for y’all, right?
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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