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Dairy Free Shrimp Chowder

A chowder made without dairy... say what?!

 

Yep, that’s right! I made an amazing shrimp chowder sans milk & cream last Friday that tantalized my tastebuds, filled me up without that heavy feeling, and without that flemy throat thing that happens after we eat dairy. 

 

I’m not vegan or vegetarian, but I have a weird relationship with meat and dairy. I’m picky about where it comes from, so I don’t eat a lot of it. And you will never, ever see me drink a glass of milk. 

 

But, my oh my, how I love a creamy soup! Now that the weather is turning colder, I crave soups and creamy richness after working hard massaging all day. I also crave a meal that is healthy, not a ton of work and hopefully leaves me with leftovers.

 

I came across this recipe on Mommypotamus a couple weeks ago. I figured I’d give it a shot, but honestly was not expecting it to turn out even half as good as it did!

 

I used a crock-pot to slow cook a head of cauliflower and 3 medium zucchinis (both cut into chunks) with 1 1/2 Cups of broth while I was at work all day.

 

When I got home, I added a can of coconut milk, 1 Tablespoon dijon mustard, 1 Tablespoon Old Bay seasoning, couple dashes of hot sauce and a pad of butter (you can use coconut oil if you don’t do butter). Next, I used my immersion blender and blended it all together until smooth, right in the crock-pot. Checked it for seasoning and added a little salt & pepper and squeezed half a fresh lemon in there.

 

Then, I thawed & cooked my shrimp. Gave them a rough chop before adding it in and letting the flavors meld while I made garlic bread.

 

Super easy, delicious and so much healthier than a traditional cream based chowder. The left-overs were a big hit as well.

 

Give it a try & let me know what you think! :)


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