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Red Light! Green Light! Tonights Dinner is Yummy Fun!

Tired of the same-old, same-old for dinner?  Then, your kids probably are, too!  If your sick of eating the same menu of meals, sick of the dinnertime whine (“Ewww! Gross! Is there spinach in that sauce?!”), then this simple corn chowder is a surefire way to get your family back on track.

What makes this chowder so incredible is, it’s not only a healthy, delicious vegetarian soup that even picky eaters will love, the soup also arrives with it’s own dinner table fun.

Here’s what you do: toss together a big pot of this Stoplight Corn Chowder.  Set it on the table and serve it up to your waiting tots.  But, before they take a bite, warn them that tonight’s dinner won’t work like it usually does, with everyone shoveling their mouths full of food.  Nope!  Red Light! Green Light! !  When you say “green light,” the kids can take a bite.

When you say “Red Light!” they have to put their spoons down, and tell you something lovely about their day, or compliment their sister, or listen while the other family members speak.  Between this delicious, simple, healthy chowder, and this super-easy game, dinner will never be the same.  Green light!

Stoplight Corn Chowder
1 T. olive oil
1/2 c. red bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 c. green bell pepper, finely diced
1/2 c. yellow onion, finely diced
2 c. sweet white corn (fresh or frozen)
2 vegetarian boullion squares
3 T. flour
3 c. whole milk
1 c. water
3 T. sharp cheddar
Optional garnish: cilantro and crushed tortilla chips

Instructions
In the bottom of a large soup pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add pepper and onions and saute in heated oil until softened (about 3-5 minutes). Stir in corn.
Crumble boullion over pepper and corn mixture. Sprinkle flour atop peppers. Whisk in milk and water. Stir over medium heat until chowder begins to thicken. Add cheddar cheese and stir until melted. Garnish, if desired, before serving.

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