Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Raw Corn and Avocado Chowder

I've been waiting for over a year to make a raw corn chowder. I only eat corn in the summer, and it has to be locally and organically grown. My CSA (community supported agriculture) has had corn in our boxes the last few weeks and it is good. My son loves to eat it lightly cooked right off the cob with butter and salt (it is his favorite food of all, he says), but I love to eat it raw. The idea of a raw corn soup came from my raw, vegan days when raw food was all I ate for 6 months.

This soup is so great to eat in the summer, when produce is at its peak of freshness and the warm weather calls for some cooling foods. It's creamy and satisfying. I can eat a bowl of this all by myself in one sitting (and often times do), but if I leave a bit leftover I think it tastes even better the next day.

Raw Corn and Avocado Chowder

2 ears organic corn, husked, washed, and kernels removed
1/2 avocado
1 cup water, almond milk, or raw grass-fed milk
1/2 lemon, peeled
Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro
Salt, pepper

Place corn kernels and remaining ingredients into a Vitamix or other high powered blender in the order listed. Turn on lowest setting (Vitamix- 1), then gradually increase speed to low-medium (Vitamix 3-4) and run at this speed for about 30 or so seconds until all but the corn kernels are fairly blended (the corn kernels should still be somewhat in tact). Either pour and serve in this chunky consistency or continue blending until desired consistency is achieved.

Serves 1-2.