I don’t know why it took me so long to branch out to Thai food, but for whatever reason it did. It wasn’t until a little over a year ago that I really started getting into these flavors, and I have to say that they are now at the top for me!
I love how creamy and slightly sweet the coconut milk makes this soup. The serrano pepper brings a slight amount of heat, and the lemongrass gives an earthy, unique flavor. I usually serve it over Jasmine rice– or I serve it with a stir fry of jasmine rice, cashews, and green onions.
Y’all know some of the best recipes come from mix-maxed pantry items and a desire to save money.
This recipe was JUST THAT.
I fed the kids and the dishes were done (a miracle!) so I had a few extra minutes to make a quick, yet tasty meal for myself. These days, my food routine has been ROUGH. While we’re living in Nashville, I’m by myself doing all the housework, cooking, etc since my hubby hasn’t joined us here yet.
Usually, I’ll get everything done and be too tired to make anything extravagant for myself, so I settle for a salad or pre-made soups from Whole Foods. It’s not ideal–mainly because I LOVE CREATING IN THE KITCHEN. But this is my season. Whew.
Maybe I’m happy today because it felt like fall walking to the bus stop, or maybe it’s because I eating leftovers that I made myself (yes, this makes me happy). Either way, I’ll take it!
So here it is. An interesting taste of sweet, salty, and crunchy. My favorite palate!
*This recipe serves 2. Doubling it would be easy to feed a larger family or guests.
* This is a main entree for me because it is so filling and packed full of protein, but I would also serve this with a side salad to make it complete.
*This is the brand of tomatoes & chilis I use, but Rotel would work just fine too.
Let me say that I took these pictures on Monday…I was coming off a late night–we got back from Nashville around 10pm, and I woke up to a long list of chores, whiney kids, and no groceries.
In my fruit basket was a mound of nasty looking oranges. But I had nothing else. So I used my citrus hand juicer (the one I use for my lemon each day–super easy) and juiced these babies up. They might have had some nasty skin, but it produced the best OJ I’ve ever had. Hands down.
My next mission after taking all the kids to school was to grab a few things at the grocery store. Since we were leaving again for Greenville, SC, I didn’t buy much, especially things that go bad quickly like greens. The grocery store always stresses me out BUT I love it (anyone else?), so I grabbed a smoothie for breakfast. Yes, it made me feel better, and I was too lazy to make one on my own. So yeah, I paid $5 for this. My kind of Starbucks 😉
This smoothie had blueberries, banana, kale, almond butter, and almond milk. It’s one of my favorites!
When I’m not in my kitchen for a few days, my happy place is to come back and work there…as long as it’s clean!! So coming off my beautiful weekend in Nashville where I was SO inspired, I tried to recreate a wonderful, light dish I had at the supper club I attended. It isn’t exactly right, but I actually LOVED my own version. I’ll definitely be posting this recipe soon. This plate had one honey crisp apple, one large grapefruit, and one orange. I ate the whole plate around noon!
For a late lunch (I’ve been splitting it up lately), I made sweet potato fries and whiskey BBQ ketchup. I know you might be sick of seeing these fries, and I think I’m almost sick of eating them. Almost! I’ve had a good run with them.
Naptime at its finest. Music, magazine, food, and quiet. YES!
It was a crazy night with baseball, and washing clothes, and homework, and life, so I took my Glowing Green Smoothie to the ball field. I sat amongst the french fries and boiled peanuts. And yes, people made fun of me. Yes, I was polite. I held my ground. And I said “to each his own” a lot. I used to make excuses. Now I tell the truth. That I actually like the stuff. Nothin’ wrong with that.
Earlier in the day, I made a big bowl of pad thai. It was actually my first shot making it. I made it similar to many recipes, but to be honest, I really didn’t like it. I didn’t want to waste it, so I ate a small bowl of it. But honestly, it wasn’t good.
It really didn’t satisfy me–and I was in a bad mood- and had no idea what I wanted. I settled on sprouted Ezekiel bread toast with almond butter and honey.
This is one of those days that didn’t feel glorious. Partly because I didn’t have a lot to choose from but partly because I was blahhhhhh. 🙂
I figured I’d show Andrew’s dinner–so there’s evidence that I actually do cook meat in this house. Turkey bacon & eggs!!!
So here ya go—-my What I Ate Wednesday when I’m tired, blah, and being a total girl 🙂