Savory corn chowder, the best tasting meal for those dreary days of fall and winter.
Don’t you just hate how you feel mentally and physically out of sorts on those cold, wet days of fall and winter?
It seems like everything is in slow motion. Were we just not in the warm, sunny, active days of summer?
When I am feeling the cold seeping into not only my hands and feet but my spirit, I know I need to bring out the big guns of ‘mood improvement’.
And fortunately, or unfortunately if I am trying to lose a few pounds, I think of food to inspire me into a better frame of mind.
Corn Chowder has always been a meal I would go to for comfort and warmth.
There is just something uplifting, to me, when I look at that yellow creaminess and inhale the wonderful aroma of onion, pepper and corn.
The golden color of the Corn Chowder reminds of the daffodils of spring and warm sunshine on my face.
Just looking at this corn chowder, when it is ready to be eaten, brings a smile to my face!
While I was preparing this corn chowder, I began wondering why it has this effect on me.
I read on psychology.com ‘the color psychology of yellow is uplifting and illuminating, offering hope, happiness, cheerfulness and fun.
In the meaning of colors, yellow inspires original thought and inquisitiveness.’
Well, there you go!! I always knew I was in a better mood on sunny days and after making and
inhaling eating my favorite Corn Chowder.
This corn chowder is so easy to make.
I carry the yellow theme of it as far as possible:
1-yellow bell peppers,
2-golden yukon potatoes with the skins left on for the extra nutritional value and of course
3-the yellow corn kernels Note: do NOT use shoe peg corn, it not only affects the color combination, it just does not taste as good
Okay, I’ve got the yellow in the corn chowder as a mood elevator but what about corn (other than its color). What type of benefits does it bring to the table? I know, I know I am shameless and that pun was intended!
According to Organic Facts
‘Health benefits of corn include controlling diabetes, prevention of heart ailments, lowering hypertension and prevention of neural-tube defects at birth.’ Wow!
‘ Corn not only provides the necessary calories for healthy, daily metabolism, but is also a rich source of vitamins A, B, E and many minerals. Its high fiber content ensures that it plays a significant role in the prevention of digestive ailments like constipation and hemorrhoids as well as colorectal cancer. The antioxidants present in corn also act as anti-carcinogenic agents and prevent Alzheimer’s disease.’ Double Wow!!
So now my wonderful corn chowder not only improves my mood and mental capabilities it is so healthy for me!! Win-win-win.
When you are having one of those dreary, depressing days (or weeks) make this Corn Chowder- it’s deliciously uplifting!
- 1 small onion, diced
- ½ red bell pepper, diced
- 1 large red potato, diced
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 3 Tbsp gf flour
- 14 ounces frozen or canned corn (I used frozen fire roasted corn)
- 3 cups almond milk or any milk that you would like to use
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- In a medium size pot melt butter.
- Add onion, bell pepper and potato.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender.
- Stir in flour.
- Add corn and liquid if using canned corn. If using frozen corn add ½ cup water.
- Stir until liquid is completely mixed with flour.
- Add milk and stir until smooth.
- Stir occasionally for 10-15 minute or until it begins to boil.
- Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Continue to cook on low for 10 more minutes.