Hope y’all are ready for a week’s worth of crock pot recipes from yours truly! At first I was thinking that doing a week’s worth of crock pot meals was going to be a bit daunting, mostly because it would require me getting out of bed a bit earlier(I am NOT an early riser). But I was very mindful of the recipe I chose for the week and made sure I wouldn’t have to be up at the crack of dawn. Case in point, this oh so yummy vegetable chowder!!
Normally I have to add chicken to such recipes, but I made sure that the recipe was packed with enough chunky vegetables that it wouldn’t be that noticeable. In about 6-7 hours it was ready and oh so yummy!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 pound frozen cauliflower, thawed and chopped
1 pound frozen broccoli, thawed and chopped
2 medium carrots, diced or shredded
1 medium onion, diced
4 small to medium celery stalks, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups shredded cheddar cheese, or more if you like
6 oz velveeta, cubed
3 1/2-4 cups chicken broth
1 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cajun seasoning or cayene pepper, optional
1/2 cup heavy cream
Set a 7qt crock pot to low, add chopped cauliflower and broccoli. In a sautee pan, add diced onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook for 5 minutes and add to crock pot. Stir in the cheeses, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and cajun seasoning. Let it slow cook for 6-8 hours(mine took 7 hrs but every slow cooker is different). Before you serve this up, add in a little heavy cream. It does take much and if you’d rather omit that feel free to. You can also take a potato masher and mash up the vegetables a bit without turning it into a smooth cream soup. It leaves the chowder chunky, which you can see in the pgoto below. Serve with your favorite toppings, bacon, cheese, sour cream, green onions, etc.
Nutritional Information: 1/8th serving(according to MyFitnessPal)
Net Carbs: 12.6g
This was a nice thick hearty soup for being rouxless. Now, if you prefer to use less cheese then you might lose some of that that chowder like consistency. In a pinch you could use a couple of tablespoons of potato flakes(if you can handle the carbs), or you could make a slurry of water and flour. Again, not a low carb option but it’s there if you candle handle it.
This also freezes well, so if you are hesitant about making 7qts of chowder don’t worry just sore in quart size bags and keep as lunch packs! Hope you enjoy and have a blessed day!