A Healthy Last Minute Dinner

by Mary on January 16, 2013

Last night I went in my kitchen to make dinner and realized we had NOTHING TO EAT.

That’s an exaggeration, but it felt like there was nothing to eat. We were down to only frozen and canned foods. Not exactly the things I go to eat first when I’m planning a meal.

i immediately thought about going shopping but ruled it out. The roads were icy here in Memphis so I decided to stay at home and make it work. I pulled out some random ingredients I thought would work together:

Ingredients for random soup

  • Thai coconut ginger soup
  • chicken broth
  • canned chicken
  • frozen kale
  • frozen cauliflower
  • garlic chili paste

I threw this all together, let it simmer for a while, and crossed my fingers for the best. Coconut-ginger-kale-cauliflower-chicken soup. What could go wrong?

Coconut ginger soup

It ended up tasting GREAT. So good in fact that I might make this same thing again. 

Coconut ginger chicken soup

Plenty of veggies, low carb, and delicious.

It goes to show you that eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to eat fresh, organic foods from Whole Foods. You can eat frozen veggies, you can eat things from a can, you can do well with a low budget of empty pantry. You can still great a decent meal with all of those things, in my humble opinion.

I ate two bowls of this soup then had a tiny bit of trail mix a few hours later and called it a night.

Delish!

ps – I weighed in today too. Success! ;)

Weigh in jan 16

{ 15 comments }

1 Shannon January 16, 2013 at 8:13 am

Sometimes the best recipes get created that way! It always makes you feel good when you can do that is is cost effective and you look brilliant to others ;) Congrats on the successful weigh in!

2 Joe January 16, 2013 at 8:25 am

Sometimes the best meals I have ever had were when I had no plan and just grabbed ingredients I had in my fridge already. Looks like you put together a great meal!

3 Jessica January 16, 2013 at 8:56 am

That looks SOOO good for a cold rainy/icy night!

4 Anele @ Success Along the Weigh January 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

Isn’t it funny the awesome things you can come up with when you’re forced to?

And that weigh in? GIRL, you are SOOOO close! I’m so proud of you!

5 Christina January 16, 2013 at 9:58 am

Super impressive…both the soup and the weigh-in!
You go Girl!

6 jules January 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

That dinner looks fabulous…That was my main reason to pursue learning to cook a few years back. Not to follow a recipe but to be able to understand seasonings and flavors to be able to throw things together

7 Mary January 16, 2013 at 1:06 pm

I think anyone can follow a recipe which means cooking is easy. But creating things that aren’t awful? That takes time. I’ve definitely failed in the past but I’m getting better at understand what goes together well. At least with asian/mexican foods. ;)

8 Jewlz January 16, 2013 at 11:31 am

That soup looks so good… I think I may have to make it and try it! YUMMO!

AND, WOOT WOOT on that loss! :D :D :D

9 Emily January 16, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Oh my goodness, this looks AMAZING. I’m definitely going to add those ingredients to my shopping list for the weekend! :)

LOOK AT YOU, girlfriend! SO CLOSE to onderland!!!!!! :D

10 Mary January 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Do it! Do it! I recommend.

I’m so close, so nervous!

11 Chubby Mcgee January 16, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Congrats on nearing Onederland! OH! HOW EXCITING! I’m stoked for you!

Brilliant way to make a meal from what you have on hand. Looks yummy. I’m a sucker for all things coconut. YUM!

12 Deb January 16, 2013 at 10:59 pm

You are so close to ONEderland Mary! And that soup looks great too! I love how you’re so willing to experiment with different flavor combinations.

13 Hanlie January 17, 2013 at 6:13 am

It’s amazing what you can accomplish with an odd assortment of ingredients!

Well done on the loss! You’re on fire!

14 MIz January 17, 2013 at 6:19 am

OOOH YES success!!!

15 merri January 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm

This is how i’ve been cooking lately too. Just pull out whatever’s at home and make it into something random without a recipe. Turns out pretty good, most of the time, not always. Yours looks tasty!

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