Tom Kha Stew & Lazy Days

I haven’t been to a Thai restaurant in years, but one of my favorite dishes used to be the Tom Kha Soup. Sweet coconut milk balanced with lime juice with lots of vegetables? Yes, please! I hadn’t even thought about this soup for a long time until I saw it featured on the beautiful blog, For the Love of Food, by the very talented Sonnet. Her version of this soup is health-promoting and looks so easy to make.

In my typical fashion, I took inspiration from Sonnet’s dish and made my own with the ingredients I had on hand. I did manage to buy some lemongrass and serrano chilies, though, and they made all the difference in the subtle flavor of the soup, so I recommend using those two items even if you improvise with the others.

Here’s what I started with:

I couldn’t stop there, so I also ended up using tofu, spinach, cooked rice plus the coconut milk and lime juice.

In case you’re wondering, I most often use the full-fat version of coconut milk when I cook with it. The flavor is much better and, because I don’t use any oil when I cook, the fat from the milk is often the only fat in the recipe.

I used some of the solid part of the coconut milk to sauté the veggies and then added the rest of the coconut milk and some water to make a thick stew:

It ended up looking like this when I served it:

Here’s my version of this recipe:

Did you have a nice weekend? I did some more de-cluttering around the house and made another trip to Goodwill. I also made time for sitting by the pool and going for a swim. By the way, I am still loving my short hair, it makes for such easy maintenance and not quite so crazy “post-swim hair.” I have an appointment for color tomorrow, I think I’m going to go blonder for summer.


My view:

What are your plans for this summer? Are you using the time for making any life changes?

By the way, did you know that Dr. Fuhrman will be on the Dr. Oz show today? I can’t wait to see it.

Have a fantastic Monday and see you again on Wednesday!



  1. says

    What a lovely looking recipe. I love your photo with all the ingredients labeled. It helps to create a visual of what ingredients will make up the recipe and see how much I have in stock.
    It’s funny you should say that about making life changes. I think summer is the best time of year for making life changes as the sun inspires us and lifts our moods so we are more likely to stick with things. When it’s cold and wet in January I just want to eat comfort food, stay indoors and not do very much. I’ve just been on holiday and we’ve had some lovely weather here in Scotland after it being so grey all year so far. So I’ve come up with my list of ‘Mid year holiday resolutions’ that are really helping me improve my health and outlook since I started them a week ago:

    • says

      Hi Katherine! Thanks for including the list to your resolutions. I especially like the one about taking a rest day. A couple of weeks ago I didn’t turn on the computer the whole day and it was a great experience. I hope you write about your experience with fasting. I’ve never done any fasting either but think it’s probably a healthful practice. I’ve done quite a bit of research on it but, like you, have never missed a meal. I associate food with comfort so it feels very scary. I’m not at the point where I want to try it, but I think it’s probably in my future. Take care, Carrie

  2. says

    Yes it’s surprising how much more productive you are after a rest day. Fasting is scary for me too. I will write about my experiences in a couple of weeks, but I agree you definitely have to be in the right place to do it and do it for reasons that mean a lot to you.

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