Potato Corn Chowder

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This creamy blended soup is perfect almost any time of year. Use fresh corn in the summer or canned corn when it’s out of season. Although the ingredient list is longer than I generally strive for with kids’ meals, it comes together fairly quickly.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 2 small red potatoes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (15-ounce) can corn
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
  • Sliced green onions (optional)
  • Chopped, cooked vegan bacon (optional)
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic; saute for 3 minutes.
  2. Peel and chop the potatoes. Add to the pot, along with the salt and black pepper; cover and steam for 4 minutes.
  3. Stir in the corn, broth, and milk; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a blender, along with the nutritional yeast, and process until smooth. Note: If you prefer, puree only a bit of the soup (about 3/4 cup), and leave the remaining soup chunky.
  5. Ladle into bowls, and top each serving with green onions, bacon pieces, and additional corn kernels as garnish, if desired.

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More Fall Leaf Fun

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I posted about our Fall Find It walk a few weeks back, but now the fall colors are even more vibrant so we set off in the woods again. Forty degrees felt warm after an early arctic blast, making us doubly sure to get out into the sunshine. We added in a few suggestions from Parents magazine to add novelty to this particular walk!

First, we decided to see if we could find the whole rainbow, ROYGBIV, that is. Blue proved to be elusive, but we did wind up with this neat line-up. Finding a purple shade was a particular triumph.

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Then we searched for the biggest leaf, and kept dropping contenders whenever we spotted one that was even bigger. We were impressed to bring home this one at 9.5 inches… until reading about a record-setting maple leaf that was 20 inches!

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Perhaps the most fun suggestion was to find shapes in the leaves, similar to the game you’ve most likely played identifying shapes in the clouds, but with an eye to the ground this time. We spotted this little fellow that looked like a bat.

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I found one that I thought looked like a rooster, and Travis decided the frilly one looked like a caterpillar! All in all, some simple and good fun that I recommend for your next nature expedition. What other leaf games do you and your family play? Please share in the comments!

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