Cheesy Cornbread and Clam Chowder for Soup Night!

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On these cold winter days, soups are a wonderful, cheap food to come home to.  You can make a big pot on the weekend and have meals ready for several lunches and dinners.  Add a salad and you’ve met most of your nutrient needs!

Mom’s Cheesy Cornbread

1 ½ cups of cornmeal

1 ½  tablespoons of baking powder

3 cups of grated cheese (save one for putting on the top)

1 ½ cups of sour cream

3 eggs beaten

1 tsp salt

1 tin of creamed corn

3 Tbsp of melted butter

1 small jalapeno seeded and chopped or sprinkle of dried chillies or sambal.

Mix it all together. Grease big baking dish and put in mixture.  Sprinkle remaining cup of cheese on top and bake @ 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

P.S.  You can also add some finely chopped red and green peppers to add colour and nutrition.  This recipe has no flour so it is a gluten free option.

EASY CLAM CHOWDER

1 onion

3 potatoes

3 carrots

1 – 2  cans of clams

1 tin of clam nectar

4 pieces of bacon (optional)

2 tins of condensed milk or 500 ml of cream (you can use no-fat condensed milk and it is still creamy)

DIRECTIONS

If you are using bacon, chop the slices into little pieces and fry. Remove onto paper towel

Add a little butter to the pot and fry the onion until soft.

Chop potatoes and carrots into small cubes (If they are newer potatoes you can leave the skins on to save time and make the soup more nutritious).

Add taters,  carrots and bacon bits to the fried onions.  Add the tins of clam nectar and 2 tins of water.

Boil until carrots and potatoes are just cooked through (hopefully soft but not  falling apart).

Turn heat down to medium low and add tins of clams and cream.

Heat through but do not bring to a boil as milk can separate if it gets too hot.

Serve with corn bread or any good hearty bread and a salad and you have a great, cheap dinner.

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ps.  This is a gluten free Clam Chowder.  Some Boston Clam chowders use a white sauce to thicken it, but this is just as good and easier to make!

Here are some Tenth Street Dinner Club cooks in action:

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We also had two other delicious soups that have been previously posted.

Lentils are a poor students best friend – – totally cheap protein and these red lentils have the bonus of cooking really fast:

https://tenthstreetdinner.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/lisas-lemony-lentil-soup/

And, this German soup has lots of nutritious Kale and White Beans in it and provides a great example how a little bit of flavourful Mennonite or Farmer’s sausage can go a long ways to providing rich smoky flavours.  Having said that, this soup is also delicious as a vegetarian option and there is a Veggie recipe at the end of this post and nutritional information on the powerhouse qualities of Kale:

https://tenthstreetdinner.wordpress.com/2013/01/30/grandmas-winter-warmer-soup/

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