Lightened Up New England Clam Chowder

December 19, 2012

Lets talk online shopping, shall we?

Yesterday I got myself all cleaned up and was in my car by 9 am to start shopping in long list of stores. I was on the hunt for baby furniture. I should be looking for Christmas presents, but it’s impossible for me to focus on Christmas right now with our little baby due in three months. I actually feel like Scrooge or the Grinch this Christmas because I’m so bah-hum-bug about the whole thing.

After three hours of darting through stores and finding NOTHING, not one single thing, I was so discouraged. What a waist of my time, my gas, my patience, and my sanity. Not to mention getting home and feeling like I was hit by a bus.

The whole shopping experience wore me out so badly that I was dead on the couch for three hours.

When I awoke from my shopping recovery nap I opened up the laptop and thought I’d give online shopping a shot. Something I don’t usually do. I guess because I like to actually see and touch what I’m buying.

But with my disappointing in store results I figured it’s either virtual cart filling or no cart filling at all.

Within an hour I had found a t-o-n of things I wanted needed to purchase. I had 23 different tabs open in my internet browser and was toggling back and forth between them all, trying to decide what colors, what size, how good are the reviews, could I find an online coupon for it, what’s the return policy, when will it arrive, and how much is shipping.

It started to become a game.

Lucas came home from work and I was totally engulfed in my finds. I started showing him all the options I had found and was talking about as fast as the fine-print-reader-for-car-commercials. He only response was “buy the least expensive one”. Ok, we know that’s not happening. I mean, yes I have a price range. But it’s a range for a reason. The range has to allow for the items to be cute. So, he was no help.

After trying to sleep on my choices…which sleep totally didn’t happen because I was actually dreaming about all my choices and how they would look in Logan’s room or where I should put them, how would everything be arranged, should I really do the gray chair or should it be white…I think I’m ready to push ADD TO MY CART.

Please tell me I’m not the only internet shopper that acts like this.

Lightened Up New England Clam Chowder

Yield: 4 servings

Lightened Up New England Clam Chowder


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 2 parsnips, peeled and chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup low sodium vegetable stock
  • 2 cans (6.5 ounces) clams, chopped
  • 1 cup fat free half and half
  • 1/4 cup skim milk
  • salt, pepper, garlic salt, and garlic powder to taste


  1. Place a dutch oven or large pot over medium heat and add the oil to pot. Allow oil to heat up for a minute then add in the bacon. Let the bacon cook until is nice and crispy then add all the veggies (onion-bell pepper) to the pot. Let the veggies cook for 5-10 minutes or until tender.
  2. Sprinkle flour over tender veggies and let cook for a minute then add the veggie stock and juice from canned clams to the pot. Let this simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Pour in the half and half, skim milk, and chopped clams to the pot. Season to taste. Let simmer for another 5 minutes or until chowder is nice and hot.
  4. Serve up in BIG bowls.
  5. Recipe adapted from Healthy Delicious

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Katrina December 19, 2012 at 12:55 pm

How is it that I always find what I want online but can never find it in the stores? I know exactly how you feel! FRUSTRATED!


2 Liz @ Tip Top Shape December 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Oohh, great recipe! And beautiful pictures (per usual) 😀


3 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Online shopping is a must!!
This chowder looks so hearty and delicious!


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