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Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

Lactose
This recipe is safe for those who are lactose intolerant.

Sodium
This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.

 

"Only the pure of heart can make a good soup."
-Ludwig van Beethoven

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Bottled Asian sauces are quite high in sodium. Check the label carefully. Fish sauce is listed as containing about 1,400 mg of sodium per tablespoon by the USDA. The bottle in my fridge, Thai Kitchen Fish Sauce, is 690 mg but I have seen sauces with over 2,000 mg of sodium per serving. The same applies for the red curry paste. Check the label and shop around a bit.

It is key to finely mince the ginger. Take your time and get the minced bits as small as possible so that they cook evenly and you are not biting down on a large piece of ginger.

Coconut Milk

The canned coconut milk used in this recipe is a reduced-fat version. This will sometimes be labeled "light" or "lite" coconut milk. There is a big difference between regular coconut milk, at 45 grams of fat per cup, and the light version, at about 12 grams of fat per cup. In both regular and light coconut milk most of the fat is highly saturated, so I always try to use coconut milk sparingly.

I have used two coconut milk products and both are excellent. One is called Ka-Me and the other is A Taste of Thai. Both companies' products are widely available, but the light coconut milk is not found in every store. Ask the market manager to order some if you do not see it on the shelf.

1/3 cup A Taste of Thai Lite Coconut Milk = 50 calories, 4.5g fat, 4g sat fat, 0 mono fat, 1g protein, 2g carbohydrates, 15mg sodium, 0mg cholesterol


 

Thai Coconut Soup with Shrimp



Servings = 2 | Serving size =about 2 cups

Cooking Time = 45 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Makes good leftovers. Reheat gently.

Serve with Jasmine Rice - Low Sodium Version

1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp fresh ginger (peeled and finely minced)
2 large green onions (sliced crosswise)
4 ounces shiitake mushroom caps (thinly sliced)
2 cups no salt added vegetable stock
1 15 ounce can light coconut milk
1 large stalk lemongrass
2 tsp red curry paste
2 tsp fish sauce
8 ounces shrimp (peeled and deveined)
2 Tbsp cilantro (coarsely chopped)

Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup
Place the sesame oil in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.

Add the minced ginger and cook slowly for about 2 minutes.

Add the white part of the green onions and cook for another minute.

Add the sliced mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes.

Add the vegetable stock, coconut milk, curry paste and fish sauce. Stir well.

Slice the lemongrass stalks lengthwise and then tie in the center with a string. Add to the pan.

Reduce the heat to medium low so that the soup is barely simmering.

Cook slowly for 20 minutes. (You can make the rice while the soup is cooking.)

Add the shrimp and the green part of the green onions.

Cook for about 5 minutes until the shrimp are done.

Remove the lemongrass and discard.

Serve over rice then top with cilantro.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 2 cups

Servings = 2

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 271 Calories from Fat 152
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 17g 27%
    Saturated Fat 8g 32%
    Monounsaturated Fat 3g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 172mg 56%
Sodium 405mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 5g <1%
    Dietary Fiber <1g 2%
    Sugars 1g  
Protein 25g  
Vitamin A 4% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 7% Iron 25%
Vitamin K 2 mcg Potassium 568 mg
Magnesium 70 mg