I brought a cup of the Thai Curry Coconut Soup with Shrimp for my co-worker to try, and in her words, its beyond yummy!

Thai Curry Coconut Soup with Shrimp

  • 1 quart low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon peanut oil (or olive)
  • 1 tablespoon grated fresh garlic
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, chopped
  • zest of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp. curry paste
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/4 fat free half and half
  • salt and pepper to taste (I just added pepper)
  • shrimp (I used 5 ounces because that’s all I had on hand)

Heat the oil over medium heat.  Add the ginger, lemongrass, curry paste and stir for one minute, until fragrant – and boy is this smell amazing!!  Add chicken stock, coconut milk and cream and bring to a boil.  Simmer for 15 minutes (this is when I added the shrimp and it cooked perfectly)

I decided to add fresh garnish on top of 1/2 ounce carrots and 1/2 ounce peapods and a couple tablespoons of chopped cilantro.

I used three ingredients I’ve never used before for this soup! 

  1. Curry Paste – hot, but flavorful hot – the recipe I adapted from called for 2 tablespoons, I went with 2 teaspoons, I actually could have added more, since my soup is just barely on the spicy side.
  2. Coconut Milk – this was really thick!  I had no idea – and is low carb too – I love the slight sweetness it gives to the soup
  3. Lemongrass – the smell of this is so amazing, just so fresh!
I found the lemongrass with the rest of the packaged herbs - never noticed it before! 5 stalks came in this package for $1.99
I found the lemongrass with the rest of the packaged herbs – never noticed it before! 5 stalks came in this package for $1.99
this was the curry paste I used - at my ethnic grocery store this bottle (which will last me a lifetime!) cost $2.79
this was the curry paste I used – at my ethnic grocery store this bottle (which will last me a lifetime!) cost $2.79
I got this at the Japanese grocery store - I bought this way back in March! It cost .99 cents
I got this at the Japanese grocery store – I bought this way back in March! It cost .99 cents
this is definitely a keeper - I just can't explain how complex these flavors are!
this is definitely a keeper – I just can’t explain how complex these flavors are!
the perfect spoonful! :D
the perfect spoonful! šŸ˜€

Best part?  The nutrition!  Per cup (this made 5 cups):

  • 199 calories
  • 15 fat
  • 5 carbs
  • 10 protein
  • 1 fiber

On the side I had cucumber and red pepper and dipped that into light jalapeno ranch.

Altogether lunch comes in at 306 calories, 24 fat, 11 protein, 21 carbs, 2.8 fiber
Altogether lunch comes in at 306 calories, 24 fat, 11 protein, 21 carbs, 2.8 fiber

Tony and I were at Menard’s a week or so ago, and this caught my eye – I love rootbeer!  This one is lo-cal – 15 calories per 8 ounces and it is amazing – Tony went back and bought three four-packs!

It's made in Milwaukee
It’s made in Milwaukee

Breakfast was quick to throw together:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 ounce chopped ham
  • 1/2 ounce cheddar cheese
  • 1 ounce of shredded zucchini (make sure to squeeze out all the water

I just put everything into a microwavable bowl and 2 minutes later breakfast was served – oh, and I added chopped pickled jalapenos to kick it up a notch!

the zucchini somehow makes this really light
the zucchini somehow makes this really light
the perfect bite!
the perfect bite!

I have a few minutes left on my lunch break – work has been so busy, which I like – the day goes by so fast then!  Off to catch up on your blogs – come back tonight for Beer can chicken and Broccoli Au Gratin! šŸ˜€  (I have to redeem myself from last nights dinner!)