hot smoked salmon, prawn and leek chowder
this is my favourite healthy soup which proves that any kind of diets don’t have to be boring! It’s a rich, thick and creamy soup, yet there’s no cream and with pre-cooked smoked fish and prawns to add a little luxury to the proceedings. To reduce the carbs I’m using cauliflower instead of potatoes to thicken, but essentially the recipe is the same as a classic chowder.
1 medium onion – finely chopped
1 medium cauliflower – finely chopped
2 medium leeks – finely chopped
1 stick of celery – finely chopped
1 cup of frozen sweetcorn kernels
1 x 180g packs hot smoked salmon, skinned and flaked
500 ml vegetable stock
500ml skimmed milk
salt and pepper and fresh thyme
add a generous knob of butter and a little olive oil to a large pan and gently sauté the onions until soft, then add the leeks, cauliflower and celery, place a lid on and sweat until all the veg are soft.
add sweetcorn, stock and the milk to the vegetables and let them simmer for 10-15 minutes. Using a spoon take out one third, blend with a hand-whizzer and return to pan before adding flaked fish and prawns and let them heat through thoroughly.