The weather outside is frightful, but dinner can be delightful! When it’s cold out, a warm meal can be just the ticket to cheer you up and change the mood in your kitchen. We’re huge fans of soup for dinner. February 25 is National Clam Chowder Day, and we are excited to celebrate!
Traditional clam chowder recipes can be incredibly carb-heavy. Filled with potatoes, they are delicious but can also wreak havoc on blood sugar. There are so many varieties of clam chowder to choose from. We’re bringing you two of our favorite types and two other seafood chowders that we love. Of course, there are many land-based chowders as well, but today we are sticking to the sea. None of these recipes have more than 11 grams of carbs, so you don’t have to worry about your blood sugar while enjoying a tasty, warming meal!
We wanted to start with the classic! When you say “clam chowder,” most people will immediately picture a bowl of New England clam chowder. It’s hard to imagine the dish without potatoes, but this recipe pulls it off! It uses canned clams, making it easy to make all year round and faster to make on a weeknight. A serving has 341 calories, five grams of carbs and one gram of fiber. Get the recipe.
This recipe can use fresh or frozen cod — making it another excellent midweek meal. It has delicious, creamy coconut milk, tasty bacon and is seasoned with turmeric and coriander. It’s flavorful and different from most chowders we regularly enjoy! We think that once you’ve tried this, it could become a favorite in your home. A serving has 352 calories, 10.1 grams of carbs and 2.7 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
While there are many variations on clam chowder, if you don’t think of New England clam chowder, you probably go to Manhattan clam chowder. We love this soup that has a tomato-flavored broth instead of a cream version. Instead of potatoes, this version relies on celery root for chunks of veggies, and they work! You won’t miss the potatoes when it all comes together! Be sure to use unsalted chicken broth to keep the sodium level down, or else it can become too salty. A serving has 321 calories, 10 grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Finally, we have a chowder that isn’t too picky about the fish you use. Cod, halibut or another flaky white fish does well in this meal! We love this creamy, cheesy soup. You don’t necessarily have to puree, but it’s definitely best when it’s a blended, creamy dish. Unlike most fisherman’s chowders, this version uses cauliflower in the place of potatoes, and it works. The cauliflower gives the soup the body it needs without adding carbs. It’s cheesy, thick and perfect on a cold night! A serving has 532 calories, 11 grams of carbs and two grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
We love celebrating the sillier national holidays, especially when they coincide so nicely with the weather. National Clam Chowder Day might be precisely what you need to get through the cold days of February. We hope these wonderful chowder recipes bring some warmth to your kitchen on a cold night!