Self-Care Challenge (Day 295): Making Vegan Clamless Chowder

Vegan Clam Chowder

On day 295 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I made a vegan clamless chowder.

As much as I enjoy my husband’s company, I also enjoy the solitude that I experience when he is traveling. (I’m an introvert, people!)

Not only is the quiet time vital for me, it also gives me a chance to experiment with recipes that I know he would be less than thrilled by. So, when he left for his annual fishing trip recently, my kitchen became an instant laboratory.

I don’t consider myself to be a vegan by any means, but I don’t necessarily have to have to eat meat at every meal either. One of my favorite vegan cookbooks is Isa Does It (Amazon Associate Link) by Isa Chandra Moskowitz, and several months ago I flagged a recipe for New England Clam(less) Chowder, which contains no clams whatsoever. The ingredients include potatoes, mushrooms, carrots, celery – and a delectable, rich cashew cream sauce.

I was absolutely floored – astounded, I tell you – by the way it turned out.

It was so amazingly good that I was upset at myself for waiting so long to get around to making it. Who would have thought that cashews could make such a fantastic cream sauce? I think it was better than some of the traditional cream-based clam chowders I’ve had.

Nourishing my body with real food is the ultimate act of self-care, and cooking from scratch eliminates concerns about preservatives, flavorings and other additives.

Real, simple food. That’s it.

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