How Do You Make Paula Deen Corn Chowder Healthier?

How Do You Make Paula Deen Corn Chowder Healthier?

How Do You Make Paula Deen Corn Chowder Healthier?

Easily make Paula Deen's corn chowder healthier by replacing the full-fat ingredients with lighter options, such as reduced-fat or fat-free milk in place of half-and-half. You can also replace the 2 sticks of butter with a combination of olive oil and reduced fat bacon to lower the fat and calories.

Make a lighter, yet creamy and satisfying, corn chowder by heating a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and then add 1 chopped onion and 5 slices of chopped turkey bacon or reduced-fat bacon. Cook the mixture for approximately 6 minutes until the onions are soft and translucent. Add 1 tablespoon of flour and 1/4 teaspoon of paprika or cayenne pepper to the pot. Stir the flour mixture continually for 2 minutes before adding 2 cubed potatoes, 1 cup of corn kernels and 32 ounces of chicken broth. Bring the soup to a boil, whisking it until the flour is combined.

Cover the pot, and simmer the broth, corn and potatoes for about 15 minutes or until the potatoes are fork tender. Then, add 1 cup of skim milk and 4 ounces of reduced-fat cream cheese. Use a hand blender to blend the soup into a smooth mixture before stirring in 1 additional cup of corn and salt and pepper to taste. Add a sprinkle of reduced-fat cheddar and snipped chives, if desired.