Thursday, March 21, 2013

Healthier Cheeseburger Chowder

     I am trying very hard to eat foods that taste as much like things I "used to cook" and yet have less fat and calories. I think most things can be changed a little bit and still have textures and flavors that taste good. People say that after eating mostly "clean" foods, they no longer want things that aren't healthy. Well, I'm not sure I agree with that. Chocolate still tastes great to me and I have some almost daily. After almost 3 months of healthy eating, greasy things don't sound very good to me anymore (but they never really did). I still would be blissfully happy putting heavy layers of butter and cheese on most everything. I lightened the cheese load in this soup quite a bit and I wasn't sure if we would like it this way, but it was actually quite good for a healthy option.

     I bought my first bottle of canola oil to make this recipe. I don't use a lot of oil other than olive oil, but I have noticed that many recipes now call for canola oil instead of vegetable oil.
8 oz. extra lean ground beef
2 tsp. canola oil
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 large potato peeled and chopped
pepper to taste
1/2 tsp. paprika
cayenne pepper (small amount-optional)
2 cans 99% fat free chicken broth
1/4 cup reduced-fat evaporated milk
1 T. flour (I used whole wheat)
3/4 cup shredded reduced fat (not fat free) cheddar cheese
     Brown the beef in a small stock pan. Drain, remove from pan and set aside. Add canola oil to same pan and sauté celery, carrots and potato until almost tender. Sprinkle with pepper, paprika and cayenne. Add chicken broth and simmer until veggies are nice and tender. Using a potato masher (or a fork) slightly mash the cooked veggies to thicken the broth a bit, but still leaving large chunks. Mix milk with the flour and stir it into the soup, stirring until blended. Add back in the beef and the cheese and stir until melted.
This recipe makes 4 servings @ 249 calories per serving.


I am joining Michael @ Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday


NanaDiana said...

My gosh that looks good! I use olive oil and have started using Canola, too. It does have a lot lighter flavor and I have come to like it- xo Diana

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This sounds like a yummy soup Sue, think I'll give it a try-thanks! Happy Weekend:@)

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Again,
hmmmmm. this soup looks really good,
and sounds good too, and simple.
I like that..........
Will have to give her a try very soon.
Like your new blog face, very pretty and so nice and spring looking.
Need to change mine, just haven't had the time yet.............oh well,
it'll happen one of these days.
Blessings hon,

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks yummy - thanks for sharing the recipe.
Enjoy your weekend.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This looks super yummy! And much healthier than the Cadbury Eggs I had for lunch lol

Patrice said...

I could use a warm cup of soup right now!

Entertaining Women said...

This sounds great. Thanks for the recipe! Cherry Kay

xinex said...

Looks yummy! Enjoy Fl when you go, Sue...Christine

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Looks really good! It's so hard to try to eat healthy, I'm working at it too.

dee dee said...

this soup sounds fantastic, I have a pound of hamburger that I need to cook up, might have to try this recipe! I am hoping to lose a few pounds before the beach... if I only just didn't like food so much!
Way to go my friend!
dee dee

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Wanted to pop back to say I did make this and it was great! Thanks for the recipe:@)