Low-Carb Shrimp Chowder


So, experimenting in the kitchen during those alone nights, when I have the dog, the TV, and my blog to keep me company, I put together things that are sometimes horrifying- the fried cheese experiment being a notable example, and then I also create sometimes strange and delicious meals- usually by accident. Night before last, I was contemplating the usual sausage/veggie stir-fry with Italian seasoning. Then I made the mistake of reading the ingredient list on the kielbasa. Scary. More preservatives than embalming fluid. Nonetheless, I’ll still eat it later. But I was in the mood for something that didn’t have a 12-year shelf life. So, I grabbed the soft tofu, that I have never used, butter, shrimp, the mixed frozen vegetables, and garlic. I sauteed the shrimp in a pan with olive oil, butter, and garlic. They started smelling delicious. I added the soft tofu, thinking it would be like the firm, I guess. Well, no. It became a sauce. I added the veggies, and kept cooking, thinking the tofu would firm while cooking. Ha ha. So, in the end, I had a decently thick broth. I thought it looked like chowder, really. So I poured it all into a bowl and ate it as such. It was really quite tasty, but the butter caused the tofu chowder to not be completely smooth- it was more of a suspension. However, it was good. If anyone has an idea on how to create a smooth tofu chowder base, let me know. The great part, was the low-carb, tasty, protein-rich meal I had.

I don’t eat much tofu, being wary of all the hormone stories. This was a good treat, though. Clams would have been amazing, too. Shrimp did turn out to be a nice chowder ingredient. Be careful not to overcook them, though. Mine were almost as chewy as clams, and that might’ve been a good thing…

1 Pkg soft/silken tofu

about 10 medium sized shrimp, or a can of clams

Normandy blend mixed frozen veggies (or use fresh)

butter and olive oil to taste.

Prepare as judgment dictates- you probably will have a better method than the one I used, which included adding the tofu and veggies all together in one saute pan. I didn’t know what I was creating yet .

Enjoy!

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