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:
- 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?
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.
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!