paleo new england clam chowder

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By Jeanne Collins
from Santa Clara, CA

I am going to endeavor to follow the Wahls Protocol Paleo Diet. So, no gluten, no dairy, no carbs, but that doesn't mean I can't have the things I love, I just have to learn new ways of preparing them! One of the things the Wahls Protocol says is to eat organ meat once a week. Well, I'm not terribly fond of organ meat so I was delighted to find clams in this category! My first attempt at Paleo Clam Chowder was absolutely delicious! Nobody could tell it didn't have cream in it.

serves 6 or 3 with plenty of leftovers!
prep time 30 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For paleo new england clam chowder

  • 4 c
    peeled and cubed sweet potatoes
  • 2 c
    chicken stock, no salt
  • 4 slice
    nitrite-free un-cured bacon
  • 4 stalk
    celery, chopped
  • 1 c
    onion, chopped
  • 1 c
    carrots, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    potato starch
  • 2 lb
    frozen wild chopped clams (i got mine at whole foods
  • 3 sprig
    fresh thyme
  • 1/2 Tbsp
    fresh ground pepper
  • 2 c
    coconut milk, unsweetened
  • tabasco to taste
  • sea salt

How To Make paleo new england clam chowder

  • 1
    Defrost pints of clams. Drain juice off clams and save each for later.
  • 2
    In a large soup pot cook bacon pieces until crisp then remove bacon pieces and drain on paper towel for garnish later.
  • 3
    Toss chopped onion, celery, carrots and sweet potato pieces in bacon grease and sweat the veggies until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  • 4
    Sprinkle in 1/4 cup of potato starch, stir and cook for 2 minutes.
  • 5
    Add the chicken stock, clam juice, thyme and pepper and cook 5 minutes or until thick.
  • 6
    Add clams and coconut milk. Simmer until heated through.
  • 7
    Add tabasco and salt to taste. Simmer (do not boil) until ready to serve.
  • 8
    Remove thyme sprigs and serve garnished with bacon bits from step 2.