30 minute Veggie Tom Ka

by - January 16, 2013

It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Thai food. Nearly everything on the menu is gluten and dairy free, which is a rare treat when eating out (choices!). But there is one thing on the menu that is always a No. 1 choice. Tom Ka (coconut) soup! Tom Ka is my go-to soup. Feeling tired, sick and need a pick me up? My husband knows to get take-out Tom Ka at our favorite local Thai joint.

However, eating out is not always in the budget. Our family needed a way to fill that Tom Ka soup craving without breaking the bank. We threw this soup together in 30 minutes and it did not disappoint. In fact, after every other bite, my husband and I would look at each other with "that look" - you know, the one that says, "Dang, this is good!"

So here you go. Our easy-to-find ingredient, quick-to-make version of Tom Ka.

30-Minute Veggie Tom Ka Soup

Medium sweet yellow onion, diced
2 celery sticks, diced
2 carrots, diced
Dozen (or so) baby bella (hongo cremini) mushrooms, quartered
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1 cup water
32 oz veggie (or chicken) broth
14.5 oz can full fat coconut milk
2 tablespoons fresh ginger root, grated (I use a zester)
3 tablespoons fish sauce (Thai Kitchen brand found at any major grocer)
1 tsp red curry paste (Thai Kitchen brand is what we used)
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro
red pepper flakes, to taste (optional for added heat)

Sautee the diced onions, celery, carrots and mushrooms for 5 minutes in half a cup of veggie broth and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Add in diced garlic and sautee for another 5 minutes til the veggies are thoroughly soft. Add in the remaining broth, water and the entire can of coconut milk. Stir in to throughly integrate the coconut milk. Add in all spices, ginger, fish sauce and curry. Let the soup simmer for 15-20 minutes to bring all of the flavors together. Top with fresh cilantro, serve and enjoy!

**A note about this soup..... You can always add chicken or shrimp. I would say that if you are looking for a "sick" soup, this Tom Ka far exceeds a chicken noodle soup in terms of health benefits. Turmeric is a known cancerous cell fighter, is antibacterial, detoxifies the body, and is a great anti-inflammatory. Ginger is also an anti-inflammatory, offers relief from cramps, cancer fighter, cold/flu preventative. Broth hydrates and is full of vitamins and minerals. Cayenne is fabulous for digestion and is also anti-cold/flu. Coconut milk is made up of short-chain and medium-chain fatty acids, which the body quickly turns into energy instead of turning into fat (i.e. the good kind of fat!) and is nutrient rich. And one can never get too many veggies. So there ya go. This soup is a true health food. Let food by thy medicine!

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  1. yum!! made it tonight and it was soo good! thanks!


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