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QUICK ALASKA SALMON CHOWDER

20 Minute Meal

1 can (14.75 oz.) or 2 cans (7.5 oz. each) traditional pack Alaska salmon OR 2 cans or pouches (6 to 7.1 oz. each) skinless, boneless salmon
1 Tablespoon butter OR margarine
1 small onion, chopped
1 Tablespoon flour
3 cups skim milk
2 cups (8 oz.) frozen hash brown potatoes with peppers and onions (O'Brien style)
1 can (8 oz.) drained or 1 cup frozen corn kernels
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon lemon pepper or pepper blend seasoning
2 Tablespoons sherry, if desired
1/4 cup bacon bits, divided

Drain salmon, reserving liquid; discard skin and bones (if any). Break salmon into chunks, set aside. Melt butter in 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir 5 minutes. Add flour; cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally. Add milk and salmon liquid, bring to a boil. Stir in potatoes, corn, seasonings, and 2 tablespoons bacon bits. Return to simmer, and cook 5 minutes. Stir in salmon and sherry, if desired; heat through. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle with remaining bacon bits.

Spicy Variations: Add Mexican, Cajun, OR Southwest seasoning to taste.

Makes 6 cups, about 4 servings.

Nutrients per serving: 393 calories, 11g total fat, 4g saturated fat, 26% of calories from fat, 74mg cholesterol, 34g protein, 39g carbohydrate, 4g fiber, 1315mg sodium, 505mg calcium and 1.8g omega-3 fatty acids.

Quick Alaska Salmon Chowder