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When I rumbled through the things in the refrigerator I found about 1/3 cup of coconut milk, a cooked pork chop, 1 not so pretty scallion, a small sweet pepper and about a cup and a half of chicken broth. I thought I would make a single serving of coconut soup. I do make it occasionally, but usually try to make it in a much more traditional form than I did today. Necessity meet mother of invention!
Convoluted Coconut Soup
For the soup
1/3 cup coconut milk
1 1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons dried mushrooms
1 teaspoon dehydrated onion flakes
2 shakes garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 leftover chicken breast or pork chop, meat removed from the bone and chopped coarsely
salt and pepper to taste
For the topping
1 scallion sliced
1 small sweet pepper, sliced
6 cilantro leaves
1 wedge fresh lime
Mix all the ingredients in a pot. Cook on low heat until the mushrooms and onions are fully rehydrated, the turn to medium high until the soup is very hot.
This is when I really strayed from anything ordinary. I had this huge bowl of slaw ready and it was dressed with a very simple oil and vinegar dressing. (literally just cider vinegar, grapeseed* oil, salt and pepper) I knew I was going to have to eat some of the slaw because I needed the vegetable volume, but I didn't want to eat it as a side dish. Instead I got one of my oversized soup bowls and put about 1 cup of slaw in the bottom of it. Then I poured the piping hot soup over it.
I topped it with the scallion, pepper and cilantro leaves then squeezed the lime juice over everything. A quick stir to combine it all and I had one delicious variation on a theme of coconut soup. Most of the slaw bits wilted as soon as the boiling hot soup hit them, but there were a smattering of crunchy bits that gave it a really nice texture.
So I have been back on the Whole30 plan all day, but I must confess those leftover doughnuts from yesterday are yelling at me. I am seriously considering pastry murder and just hacking them to death them in the garbage disposal.I am going to have a cup of coffee right now and if those blooming doughnuts are still yelling at me when I finish it's CURTAINS for them!
* Grapeseed oil is a neutral oil that imparts no flavor on the foods it contacts.