Chicken w/ matzah balls
Tom Kha (Gai)
32 oz chicken broth*
14 oz can lite coconut milk
1 package firm silken tofu (if you can't find firm, regular silken is fine)
3-4 green onions
1 package mushrooms
2 teaspoons fish sauce
3-4 Serrano peppers
3-4 pieces lemongrass
1/4 cup lime juice
fresh ginger root
In a large pot, combine chicken broth and coconut milk. Add rest of ingredients, making sure to cut up tofu and green onions into bite-size pieces. Wash mushrooms thoroughly. Bruise lemongrass**. Peel and cut 3/4" cube of ginger into very thin slices. Depending on how hot you want your soup to be, either use whole or cut-up serrano peppers. Add fish sauce and lime juice. Let boil for 15 minutes or until mushrooms are cooked.
Note: This is the way that I make it.
Some garnish with cilantro.
Some substitute tofu with pieces of cut-up chicken, boiled in with the soup.
Some use kaffir lime leaves instead of lime juice.
If you can find it, use galangal instead of regular ginger
*I use Swanson 98% fat free
**If you cannot find fresh lemongrass, use approximately a tablespoon of lemongrass in the tube.
Another tidbit about this soup: Rob likes it and doesn't even normally like soup. He said that it tastes better but wasn't as "pretty" as the Tom Kha we had at a Thai restaurant. This is because I use the healthier versions of things. Using full-fat chicken broth and regular coconut milk, the soup gets swirly bits of fat in it, which yes-- are pretty
Tomato Basil soup
3-4 medium-large tomatoes
48 oz tomato juice (NOT VEGETABLE JUICE)
15-20 leaves fresh basil
1/3 cup cream
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon marjoram
Peel, seed, and cut up tomatoes. If you're lazy or lame, the large can of diced tomatoes works almost as well*. Put cut-up tomatoes and tomato juice into soup pot. Pick off 15-20 large basil leaves and tear them in small pieces into the soup. Add thyme and marjoram. Boil, then turn down to medium for 15-20 minutes. Add cream while stirring until soup reaches desired creaminess/thickness/color. Enjoy!
*Make sure not to get the ones that are "seasoned"
Serves lots of people
Lots of water
my gosh did you really think I was going to give this one away?
Campbells Vegetarian Vegetable soup
One can of Campbells Vegetarian Vegetable Soup
One can of water.
Follow instructions on package. Mmm.