Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Broccoli & Laughing Bird Shrimp Chowder


I had a half pound of Laughing Bird Shrimp from Friday's market trip, and I am still deep in the Weight Watchers trenches, trying to lose the five pounds that have settled in over the winter (almost there, then on to last year's 5).

This is my riff on a WW recipe, which serves five for a mere 3 points per serving.

Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning is a new product.  It's a grinder with salt, pepper, sesame seeds and other goodies that adds a nice kick to most everything - I've gone through most of one in about a month.

Broccoli & Laughing Bird Shrimp Chowder

1 medium potato, preferably Yukon Gold, although use what you have on hand, peeled & diced
3 c. broccoli florets
1 medium shallot, minced
3 c. fat-free chicken stock
1/4. t. Penzey's Mural of Flavor Seasoning
1. t. olive oil
1/2 t. butter
1/2 pound Laughing Bird Shrimp
1 t. Smoked Paprika
Salt and Pepper
1/2 c. fat free milk
1/4. c. 0% Plain Greek Yogurt
Trader Joe's Everyday Seasoning

In medium size saucepan, combine potato, broccoli, shallot, broth and Mural of Flavor, bring to a boil, season with salt and pepper, partially cover, and cook til vegetables are tender about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat oil and butter in large skillet.  Saute shrimp until they turn bright red, season with smoked paprika and salt and pepper.  Set aside.

Process soup in batches in blender until pureed.  Return soup to pot, add milk and yogurt, simmer til heated through - do not allow to boil.  Taste and check seasoning - I found it really needed a good dose of salt and pepper.

Serve soup topped with shrimp and garnish with Everyday Seasoning.

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