September 27, 2011

Corn Chowder - Vegan and Non-Vegan Versions

Has it been a week since we went "vegan", yet?  I think so.  Well, in that week, 3 have succumbed to meat.  I am the only one left.  We have all succumbed to dairy when I saw Ben and Jerry's was on sale.   While I haven't missed dairy per say, I couldn't pass up Ben and Jerry's.  My family has not been happy with the meals I have been putting on the table this past week.  I have made a huge variety of meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner and only one or two have been a hit.  They are not very happy supportive campers.   I, myself could continue this way of life but it would be a lot easier for me if I lived by myself.  Please don't be disappointed in me if you come across a blog post in the near future that includes meat.  My family is looking at me like I'm a turkey leg and I am scared for my life!  If you notice I haven't posted in a while please come check on me.  They are turning into cannibals!  Oh gosh, I hope they aren't reading this....

This is a veganized version of the Corn Chowder.  I make this Corn Chowder every fall.  It's my families absolute favorite.  It wasn't the same this year as I veganized it but it was still very good and better yet, it was super healthy and lower in fat using this version.

Corn Chowder - Vegan and Non-Vegan Versions
Yield: 8 - 10 servings

Ingredients for Corn Chowder:
  • Tempeh sausage crumbles - recipe follow or 1 lb. pork sausage
  • 6 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 2 cups water - see note
  • 1 t. marjoran
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans corn, drained
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans cream corn
  • 12 oz. soy milk or 12 oz. evaporated milk
Ingredients for Tempeh Sausage Crumbles
  • 1 (8-ounce) package tempeh
  • 1 T. fennel seed
  • 1 t. dried basil
  • 1 t. dried marjoram or oregano
  • 1/2 t. red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 t. dried sage
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T. tamari, or soy sauce
  • 1 T. olive oil
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
Instructions for Corn Chowder:
  1. In a large stock pot, prepare tempeh sausage (directions below) or cook pork sausage and drain. Return sausage to pot, add potatoes, marjoram, and 2 cups water (or enough to cover the potatoes). Bring to a boil and turn down to simmer for about 15 minutes or until potatoes are done. Add the corn and milk and heat through. Serve immediately.
Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens 

Instructions for Tempeh Sausage:
  1. In a small pan, crumble the tempeh and add enough water to almost cover it. Over medium-high heat, simmer the tempeh ntil most of the water is absorbed, about 12 - 15 minutes. Drain the remaining water and add the rest of the ingredients and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
Adapted from Vegan with a Vengance

Non-Vegan Version
Servings: 1 bowl
Calories:  494
Total Fat:  26.1 g
Cholesterol:  80 mg.
Sodium:  699 mg.
Protein:  22.5 g.

Vegan Version
Servings: 1 bowl
Calories:  338
Total Fat:  9.5 g
Cholesterol:  0 mg.
Sodium:  109 mg.
Protein:  19.9 g.

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  1. Anonymous28.9.11

    I love chowders they are so satisfying specially on a cold night.

  2. Wow - good luck with the veganism! Bacon gets me every time! The corn chowder looks delicious as really satisfying. You are an inspiration - even if you are unpopular with your family right now :)

  3. Yeah, I'm the only one who would be content with a vegan diet in my household. Your chowder does look wonderful, though~

  4. Yum! I love corn chowder. I think it is my favorite soup. I love this recipe.

    Also, thank you for all the kind comments you leave on my blog!

  5. This chowder looks hardy and delicious Dee! Perfect for the cooling weather too...

  6. lol! These recipes sound great! I'm the only one in my house too, but my husband tries to eat mainly Vegan which helps me. I know just what you mean. And by the way, we could never be disappointed in you.

  7. I will save you Dee. I've tried living vegetarian before but not vegan. I would think it would be a bit hard to adjust to. I read an article from a lady who helps Ellen Degeneres and she said to make the switch slowly. Otherwise people get too deprived and eat their family. Okay she didn't say that but it could happen. You should really hide in a closet. Don't make eye contact at the very least. Hungry family members can get quite testy.

  8. Oh my goodness gracious. This looks fantastic and just what I would like to make for the cold weather that is quickly approaching :) Thanks for both the vegan (my preference) and non-vegan version.

  9. I think a vegan diet is a very challenging one - you have done well to stick to it like you have. I would have succumbed to the Ben and Jerry's too! Your chowder looks amazing - what wonderful comfort food. I have most of the ingredients on hand as well. Thank you for sharing this post with the Hearth and Soul hop.

  10. MomsSundayCafe10.2.12

    Corn chowder always hits the spot! Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop.


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