Brett’s Clean Eating Seafood Chowder

We are officially half way through the ‘Get Lean, Mean and Health Bootcamp’.  2 weeks down – 2 to go.  Is it me or is it flying by.

This bootcamp is just the key in the ignition to a lifestyle change, embedding new habits so that you lead a healthier, happier life through a lifestyle that’s enjoyable as well as nurturing to you and your body.

Time to provide you with another healthy, but all importanly delicious, recipe to add to your repetoire.

By popular demand (i.e. mucho facebook ‘likes’), here is the recipe for Brett’s amazing Seafood Chowder. I know I say all his recipes are amazing but this truly is, I think it might actually be a tie with Brett’s Meatballs and Zuchini pasta.  Hmmm, pretty close race actually.  What’s even better is that not only is it tasty good, but this Chowder has had an ‘Eat-Sweat-Think’ clean eating make-over so you can indulge your tastebuds without compromising your clean eating, bootcamp efforts.

Brett’s Clean Eating Seafood Chowder


Now that’s some tasty good chowder right there.

Prep and cook time – around 30 mins


  • 1 large potato, peeled and diced (all veggies diced to 1/2 cm cubes)
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 handfull of parsley, finely chopped
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Fish or Chicken stock (2-3 cups)
  • Milk (1-2 cups)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 3 rashers of bacon, finely diced (optional – if you are being particularly strict and clean then omit)
  • Butter for frying (organic if poss)

Fish / seafood:
You can use pretty much anything here but we used.

  • 300g prawns, peeled
  • 1kg Mussels (that was the weight in the shells)
  • 1 squid tube, cut into 2cm squares

Salmon, any white fish, and smoked fish also work well, but the options above are nutritious, great protein options – taste great too. Plus Mussels in NZ are sooo cheap, half the size of my hand and so darn good.  


If you are using the bacon, pan fry it in a little butter until it is crispy, then remove, place on some kitchen towel and save until the end (cook the veggies in the same pan so they taste of yummy bacon).

Pan fry the celery, onion and carrot in butter until soft (don’t brown it though). Add the potato and continue to fry for 3 min, Add the garlic and fry for 2 min (add a bit more butter if the pan is to dry.

Next add the stock and bring to a simmer. Cover your pan and cook until the potatoes are cooked (10 mins or so).

Add your milk and continue to simmer on a low heat, season to taste. When adding the extra liquid take care not to make the chowder too wet – it should end up thick, not runny – the potato starch will thicken it

Pan fry your seafood / fish for a couple of mins (the mussels will need to be steamed open in a separate pot of boiling water, then remove from shell and de-beard – posh chef speak meaning take off the seaweedy bits).

Add the cooked fish to the chowder mixture and stir through.

To finish, add some lemon juice (not all at once, keep tasting for acidity), then scatter over a handful of chopped parsley and give it a final twist of pepper (also, throw the crispy bacon bits on if you have them).

Serve with a large serving of green veg like broccoli to get the nutritious content through the roof – Yum!


Bon appetite

Bon appetite

P.S. – Do you have a favorite clean eating recipe you would like to share.  If so send a message to the facebook page with the details and I’ll share it on this blog.

5 thoughts on “Brett’s Clean Eating Seafood Chowder

  1. Thanks for all the great recipe ideas – so far tried the meatballs, choc bliss balls and just made the seafood chowder (which have all been a hit!). YUM YUM!!

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