This recipe is a "complete" meal, as it includes healthy fats, starchy carbs, protein, and fibrous cabs. This would be an ideal mid-day meal.
3 slices bacon (optional: add an extra slice or two)
2 cups cubed potatoes
1 cup coarsely chopped carrot
½ cup chopped onion or leeks
½ cup chopped celery (optional)
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed chicken broth or chicken stock
1 (6 1/2 ounce) can minced clams (drained and liquid reserved)
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk, half and half or cream
½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
Dash of pepper
2 tablespoons freshly chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons shortening
2 tablespoons flour
You could swap out or add other fibrous carbs if you wanted, such as broccoli, kale, or bok choy, as well as you could use either almond or coconut flour rather than white flour.
In a large pot add bacon and saute lightly.
Add in onions (and optional celery) and saute briefly.
Add Chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, reserved clam juice, salt, pepper and simmer until vegetables are done.
Add in the milk, clams and chopped parsley stirring frequently until heated through.
You may wish to serve at this point but we make a roux melting shortening in a heavy pan, adding the flour browning to golden brown and whisking into chowder.
This can be prepared a day ahead, cool, cover and refrigerate bringing to a simmer (carefully stirring to prevent burning) before serving.