The first of the fresh summer corn is in the markets. So I’m making Vegetarian Summer Corn and Vegetable Chowder.
This beautiful and tasty vegetarian chowder is loaded with lots of delicious vegetables and white beans. In fact, it’s a complete meal in a bowl. And if you don’t like hot chowder in the summertime, then don’t eat it hot. It’s awesome cold as well.
I just love how travel and eating new foods influence my cooking. This Vegetarian Summer Corn and Vegetable Chowder features the Moroccan influences I picked up while living there. Golden red threads of saffron, spicy cinnamon, and earthy ground coriander enhance the flavors of the corn, zucchini, leeks, potatoes, and goat cheese.
This version is vegetarian. But you could easily make it vegan by adding veggie stock base and leaving out the goat cheese. I can also see it using coconut milk for a little flavor straight from the Caribbean islands. I’ve also considered adding a little curry. Maybe next time for both!
You may have noticed a lot more vegetarian and vegan recipes coming here on Simply Sophisticated Cooking recently. It’s because the hubby and I are working on eating a more plant-based diet. We still eat meat but we’re eating a lot of it. One reason is the desire to lose weight and live healthier. The other is because of environmental responsibility to live better for our entire planet, not just ourselves.
My Vegetarian Summer Corn and Vegetable Chowder recipe is a stand alone dish. No need for adding a protein on the side. It has lots of white beans and goat cheese in the puree.
Finally, I topped the chowder with crispy nuggets of corn flavored with shallots, lime, fresno chili, and honey. And a little fresh chopped cilantro and crunchy radishes.
Hubby gives this Vegetarian Summer Corn and Vegetable Chowder an incredibly yummy thumb’s up and asked for another bowl.
More Delicious Corn Chowder Recipes:
Bacon Corn Chowder from The Cookie Rookie
One Pot Corn and Crab Chowder from No Plate Like Home
Slow Cooker New England Clam and Corn Chowder from Baked by Rachel
Green Chile Tomatillo Corn Chowder from Recipe Fiction
Vegan Curried Sweet Potato Corn Chowder from Ambitious Kitchen