Thai Style Coconut Mushroom Soup

I love one pot soups and even better if vegetarian.  Pacific Organic offers vegetable stock that is low sodium also.  (You can also use organic chicken stock).

This soup will serve 4 people.  You can serve over rice for a heartier meal.  I must dip warm Tandoori Naan bread in it! The two simple go hand in hand. I honestly crave this soup once a week.

The great feature of this soup- you can play around with it in regards to vegetables. Omit or add. You could also add small cubes of squash, tofu, water chestnuts, or spinach. If you don’t like premixed curry powders, I would recommend the turmeric and fresh grated ginger in the least. They really make the soup’s flavor, as do the mushrooms.

Turmeric is also a known powerful anti-inflammatory, it contains curcumin, which is a compound with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.  Black pepper may increase the absorption of the curcumin.  Various studies have shown it may offer  cancer protective and in some cases, cancer fighting benefits. [2]

“Most curry powder recipes include coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek, and chili peppers in their blends. Depending on the recipe, additional ingredients such as ginger, garlic, asafoetida, fennel seed, caraway, cinnamon, clove, mustard seed, green cardamom, black cardamom, nutmeg, long pepper, and black pepper may also be included.” [1]

This recipe is an essential oil users dream.. There are so many spices and essential oils you could play around with in this recipe! (Make sure the oils you use are therapeutic grade and labeled for ingestion).


Thai Style Coconut Mushroom Soup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Pacific Organic Vegetable Stock (32 oz)
  • 1- 14 oz. can Coconut Milk
  • 10 Bella Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 Red Onion, diced
  • 1 Red Potato, medium, cubed small
  • 1/4 cup fresh Basil chopped (or 1 tsp Basil flakes)
  • 2 cups Kale, chopped
  • 1 lemon (or lime)
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Ginger Root
  • 1 TBSP Honey (Agave would also work)
  • 4-5 Bay leaves
  • 1-2 TBSP Curry powder or curry paste or a blend of the following: 1/2 tsp Black pepper, 1 tsp Turmeric powder, 1 tsp Paprika, and a pinch of sea salt. You can add 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes if you like spicy.


If you are not so sure how much curry flavor you prefer, start with 1 TBSP and increase as you do taste tests.  This is kind of my personal cooking style.  Recipes are hard for me to follow!

 

 

 

  1. To a large pot add entire box of vegetable stock. On medium-high heat cook red potato, carrots, onion, kale,  bay leaves and mushrooms for  10-15 minutes. Add basil, ginger root and spices.

2. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes (or until veggies are softened).

3. Add coconut milk and the juice of one fresh lemon. Simmer on low an additional 5 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves.  Garnish with scallions if desired.

*Serve with warm Tandoori Naan bread or over Basmati rice.

Note: I use Young Living essential oils.


Sources:

  1. Curry Powder. Article accessed January 2016. www.Wikepedia.com 
  2. Weil, Andrew MD. Curcumin or Turmeric?  Article accessed January 4, 2016.   www.drweil.com

13 thoughts on “Thai Style Coconut Mushroom Soup

    • Genbumom says:

      I use MCT (medium chain triglyceride) which is the ‘oil’ consistency coconut oil- best for massages or mixing in a rollerball with Essential oils. I buy from Bulk Apothecary online. For my eye makeup remover, all over body lotion, chapsticks that I make, etc. I use a Virgin Coconut oil (solid and I buy organic). Bulk apothecary also has this organic. I find I can easily find the solid organic virgin in the stores, but the MCT oil I buy online. Not as easy to find organic of MCT stores.

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    • Genbumom says:

      Coconut oil (if solid) melts very quickly. It has a very low melt rate. I’d think you could do either way, start solid or do a straight Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil (liquid). I get mine from Bulk Apothecary online. Go organic too!

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  1. Sid Breaz says:

    Do you rub it onto your arms, or is the value in eating it?  I have bumps, too and I HATE them!  Would love to get rid of them…  I’ve had this jar of coconut oil sitting in my aromatherapy stash for a while now.  Ran across this blog, “whipped” up a batch of whipped coconut oil (LOL) and am now thinking about how I can make this my “everything” like everyone else!

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    • Genbumom says:

      I stopped using any type of body wash with any chemicals in it. I make my own body wash using castile soap, water, and essential oils. Or I use Shea Moisture body wash products, like their African Black soap body wash to help fight acne or arm bumps. The bonus is the solid coconut oil rub on your arms while still damp. Should help your bumps. If not, coconut oil for some people can clog pores, I’d try a 0 comodogenic factor oil, such as organic Hemp seed oil or Safflower oil instead. Shea butter is also non comodegenic factor 0 (won’t clog pores). A little (very gentle) exfoliation may be beneficial also.

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      • Genbumom says:

        Everything we put in our bodies counts. Inflammation causing foods such as dairy or gluten and any ‘white’ anything- flour, sugar, bread are to be avoided. I’d add a probiotic supplement to your diet also. I have a probiotic article in the Organic Home Category that may be helpful.

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    • Genbumom says:

      I think you have to find a combination that works for you. Factor in your scalp – is it oily, dry, combination, do you get flakes easily. Factor in your hair type- course, fine, curly. Curly girls (from experience) can use most oils without issue, but you have to go sparingly to avoid greasiness. I like “dry” oils like jojoba personally on my hair, then I follow up with pure, refined shea butter to hold my curls. If you have thin or fine hair, I’d make an oil/water leave in mist spray conditioner first. You an also detox any hair type with Apple Cider Vinegar once a week to give it shine and bounce. Some women of color have posted they use Rhassoul Clay or Bentonite clay to detox their scalp, but I have never tried that personally.

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