Quick Thai Coconut Ginger Chicken Soup

Last night I went in my kitchen to make dinner and realized I had nothing to eat! There was nothing prepared and I had not meal planned. While I’m exaggerating a bit, it did feel like there was nothing to eat. I was doing to only frozen and canned foods that I try to eat sparingly. I thought about going shopping but icy roads made me decide to get creative instead. Based on what I already had in my pantry I decided to make a Thai inspired chicken soup.

Thai Coconut Ginger Chicken Soup

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 wanted to use the Thai coconut ginger soup as a base and build a better soup off of it. I had canned chicken breast for protein, kale and cauliflower for veggies, and spicy garlic chili paste for a bit of zing.

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

I let it simmer on the stove for a bit longer than I had planned but this let all the flavors mix together more thoroughly.

In the end, it came out looking like a pretty decent soup.

Coconut ginger chicken soup

It ended up tasting GREAT.  The flavors from the original soup base combined with my additional spice ended up with a lovely taste and the right amount of heat. The soup had plenty of veggies with the kale and cauliflower so I felt good eating it as well. It was low carb and delicious.

Eating on a Budget

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, canned foods, and things you don’t automatically think about when thinking “healthy foods”. Sometimes you just have to get creative to make the most of a low budget or empty pantry. You can still create a decent and balanced meal with things found in your pantry and freezer.

If you’re trying to figure out what to make for dinner tonight, look in your pantry and see what you come up with! I’m sure you’ve got something in there to make a quick and healthy soup at the very least which can be an awesome dinner!


  1. says

    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. says

    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. says

    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

    • says

      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. ;)

  4. Jewlz says

    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

  5. says

    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

  6. says

    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!

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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!