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December 06, 2003

Mission: Disoriented

I took a ... I don't know how long it was now, three hours maybe? ... nap, and I woke up thinking someone was shooting at me. I was the passenger in a truck where the passenger side door wouldn't close, and "Sean" wouldn't stop driving recklessly and throwing me against the door. Sean was not aka Pimp Diddy or P. Daddy or whatever the hell that guy is/was called, because in my dreams Sean was white.

Oh, the Potato and Canadian Bacon Chowder? AM GOOD. Read on for the recipe.


Weight Watchers POINTSŪ value | 2
Servings | 8
Preparation Time | 25 min
Cooking Time | 360 min
Level of Difficulty | Easy

2 cup potato(es), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 large carrot(s), diced
1 cup leek(s), chopped, white part only
1 medium garlic clove(s), minced
4 cup chicken broth, fat-free
1/2 cup uncooked barley, pearl
1 tsp bay leaf, crumbled or 1 whole leaf
1/4 tsp dried thyme, crushed
1/4 tsp black pepper
4 oz cooked canadian-style bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup fat-free evaporated milk
2 fl oz fat-free half-and-half cream

1. In a slow cooker, combine potatoes, carrots, leek, garlic, chicken broth, barley, bay leaf, thyme, pepper and Canadian bacon. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until vegetables and barley are tender.

2. Stir in evaporated milk and half-and-half and heat through uncovered, about 10 minutes. Yields about 1 1/4 cups per serving.

I added a cup of frozen corn to this with 30 minutes remaining in the first stage of cooking time (so I bumped up the Points value in my tracker to 2.5 to overcompensate for the addition). I put a little bit of shredded cheese on the top of my serving and it added a nice bit of flavor. The barley helps thicken the chowder and really isn't noticeable as barley in the end product.

Posted by Julie on December 6, 2003 10:37 PM to the category Food

*raises hand with a question*

How do they make fat free half-and-half? I've never heard of this, but I'll be thrilled if it's an adequate substitute for all recipes calling for the fatty stuff...The thought of enjoying alfredo sauce once again makes me giddy!!!

Posted by: Cops at December 8, 2003 12:04 PM

Cops, I'm not sure, because I've never had half & half before. So I can't tell you how well it compares to the real thing. BUT, the chowder tasted wonderful - so at least in this recipe, the full-fat version wasn't needed.

Posted by: Julie at December 8, 2003 03:46 PM

You found LEEKS! [high fives Hee!Wig]

Posted by: grace at December 8, 2003 05:00 PM
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