Here in the southern hemisphere we are in the midst of summer and I am serving Chowder; you must think this gal has lost all her marbles!
But look what's happening outside - cold and rainy for the past four days, so what best to warm the cockles than a heart-healthy bowl of Corn & Oats Chowder!
All the bougainvillea flowers have fallen into the pool and on the paving; the garden is getting a thorough soaking plus the rainwater tanks we installed a couple of weeks ago are overflowing, and it's chilly!
Is this winter's last goodbye? The chill, not the rain, as summertime is our rainy season!
I wanted to make a quick soup and remembered seeing soup in my ancient Jungle Oats recipe book; yep from starters to mains to desserts - Oats is not just a breakfast dish but having a bowl of oats or muesli has many health benefits:
- Blood pressure - Oats is high in Vitamins and minerals plus it contains powerful antioxidants such as avenanthramides which helps reducing blood pressure.
- Cholesterol, Heart & Blood Sugar - The soluble fibre beta-glucan helps lowering cholesterol as well as blood sugar levels and promotes healthy gut bacteria.
- Skin – Oatmeal is often used in beauty products and relieves eczema.
The old recipe book was the inspiration, but being an old hand I used what I thought would be a good combination of flavours, and it worked!
Corn & Oats Chowder
- 3/4 cup Oats
- Half Red Bell Pepper diced
- Couple of baby Leeks diced
- 2 small Potatoes grated
- 1 Carrot grated
- 1 cup Sweetcorn
- Fresh garden herbs - Rosemary, Parsley & Comfrey chopped
- 2 cups Vegetable Stock
Lightly toast Oats in pan with a little oil.
Add all veggies and sautee.
Add stock plus approx 1 litre hot water, simmer for approx half an hour.
Mash veggies slightly with a potato masher, check the seasoning and serve.
Short, sweet and simple but superlicious, satisfying and heart-healthy!
Anyone for seconds?
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A sincere thank you to the creator of #fruitsandveggiesmonday, @lenasveganliving for initiating this tag, for the wonderful inspiration coming from her kitchen and for the kind feedback each week!
Wishing Lena a good recovery after the hand surgery!
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