PARTNER POST: Reinvent potato recipes to be fresher and lighter in the new year. Make it your resolution to try these dishes as nutritious packed lunch ideas.
Without any dairy, potatoes make a corn chowder delicious creamy and poblanos pack a bit of delightful spice.
By Melissa Belanger
I’m totally obsessed with potatoes. I’ve been adding them to everything and planning meals around them. I think it’s because potatoes are secretly healthy. I know that that’ve gotten a bad reputation thanks to French fries and potato chips, but potatoes can be a really healthy way to work some filling carbs in your diet.
Since January is over, I’m guessing those New Year’s resolutions are getting harder and harder to stick to, but don’t worry. That’s where the potatoes come in. If you’re eating them in healthy ways, like in this light potato corn chowder, you really can’t go wrong and you’ll still keep your resolutions. I promise. I made this soup with some coconut milk (in the carton tends to be a little lighter than the canned stuff) so we don’t even have to worry about dairy. And, the sweetness in the coconut milk really brings out the flavor of the corn. The potatoes and vegetables make it nice and filling. Don’t worry about the bacon, it’s only 4 slices in the whole giant pot of soup. But, if you want, feel free to substitute with turkey bacon or ham.
As far as spiciness goes, poblanos are hit or miss. Even though they are considered a rather mild pepper sometimes they can pack a bit of heat. So if you’re not into spice, try using a green bell pepper instead.
For another delicious potato recipe, try this frittata.
- 4 bacon slices
- 2 leeks, halved and sliced
- 3 large russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
- 2 poblano peppers, seeded and chopped
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 2 cups coconut milk, divided
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon coarse salt
- ½ teaspoon pepper
- 1½ cups frozen corn kernels
- 1 cup cooked and chopped chicken
- Chopped fresh cilantro, for garnish
- In a large stockpot over medium-high heat, cook bacon slices until crispy, turning once. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Add the leeks, peppers, carrots and potatoes to the pot. Sauté until the leeks have softened and are slightly translucent.
- Add the chicken broth and 1½ cups of coconut milk. Bring to a boil.
- Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining coconut milk with the flour In a small bowl until smooth.
- Add the flour mixture to the soup and stir until combined.
- Add the salt and pepper and allow the soup to simmer over medium-low heat until the potatoes have softened, about 15 minutes.
- Add the corn and chicken and continue to cook until heated through.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro before serving.