Thai Coconut Soup

thai soup

Thai Coconut Soup Garnished with fresh Basil

Here is a soup that even my cat likes, not that I was trying to feed it to him… but when I got up to get some nutritional yeast there he was licking up the soup and trying to snag an onion out for himself.

Thai Coconut Soup (serves 4)

  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1-2 TBS chopped ginger
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 small onion (chopped)
  • 2 carrots
  • ¼- ½  head of cabbage
  • ½ – 1 package extra tofu
  • ½ head of broccoli
  • ½-1 bunch cilantro (chopped)
  • ½-1 can of pineapple (or fresh is preferred)
  • 1 can coconut milk (regular, not light)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • liquid aminoes to taste (soy or coconut)
  • 1 teas. sesame oil for added flavor

Use 1-2 TBS coconut oil to sauté chopped (jalapeno, ginger, garlic, and onion) on medium heat. This will infuse the oil with the spiciness of the first ingredients and calm down the heat of the jalapeno pepper. Add 3-4 cups water to pan. Turn heat to high and add all the chopped veggies (can use whatever you have on hand, I like to use: broccoli, cabbage, carrots, tomato or pepper). Once soup starts to boil turn off heat and add remaining ingredients (cilantro, pineapple, coconut milk, lime juice, liquid aminoes, and sesame oil).

***suggestions*** if too spicy add the pineapple juice from the can, can also add more coconut milk for a richer and sweeter soup (I like to make it light so I use only 1 can).

Tip: use a fan to avoid irritation of the mucus membranes while sauteing jalapeno, ginger, garlic, and onion

Getting Ready for Bali!

Going on my honeymoon in less than 2 weeks! I cannot wait!!! Especially now that winter is finally here at the coast with all the rain and even some snow. In preparation for visiting Indonesia I have themed this month’s cooking class accordingly. Pictured above are: ginger, garlic, green onion, lime and hot peppers… All that is missing is the coconut, but don’t worry we have plenty of that too!  For January’s cooking class we made Indonesian themed food: lime and coconut soup, spring rolls with peanut sauce and mango pineapple sorbet. I even made a bonus hot sauce that I am calling “orange death” surprisingly it was very popular in both classes. The recipe is a simple one: 1/2 of a carrot, 2 Habanero peppers, and 1 garlic clove. Blend all ingredients in food processor with enough apple cider vinegar to make a thick sauce. It only takes about 1/4 teaspoon of this stuff to make a bowl of soup pretty spicy, so use cautiously. Our cute little Habanaros are ranked high at 100,000 on the Scoville scale, while jalapenos are typically around 7-10,000. Here are the other recipes we went over in class: Indonesian Vegan and Gluten-Free RECIPES.

Since we will be on our honeymoon next month (February), March will be when the next cooking classes are offered. Hopefully I will come back with some Balinese inspired recipes.

And like always… all the Creative Healthy Cooking Classes are vegan and gluten-free!