Tom Ka Kai

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This is the photo on Pinterest that enticed me to make "Tom Ka Kai" soup last night for dinner. What is Tom Ka Kai you ask? It is simply Thai chicken coconut and mushroom soup which works well with our new diet plan! We are still plugging away on our 4 Hour Body diet and it really has worked out great. So far I have lost 8 lbs and James 12 lbs!!! WOWZA! To review we have pretty much cut dairy, carbohydrates and sugar from our diet and we eat four large meals per day consisting of protein, vegetables and beans. Lots of beans... The first week was definitely the hardest getting used to massive breakfasts and not eating ANY carbs (I'm talking not even rice or tortillas!) but the best thing about this diet is that we are never hungry! The protein really fills you up and we can still have steak, asparagus and all the good meats which is awesome. Saturday was our cheat day and oh man we went to town. I was still feeling pretty crappy but I still managed to put back a bunch of pizza and grapefruit beer at Craft Beer Market. YUM! Here is the recipe for the soup I found here- we ARE allowed coconut milk so we have been eating a ton of curry and this coconut soup was unique and really comforting:
Ingredients:
2 whole chicken breasts, cut in chunks
1 whole onion, chopped
6 cups water
1 cup Shiitake mushrooms (or regular- we used regular)
14 oz. fluid canned coconut milk
1 Tbs. red, yellow or green curry paste
2 Tbs. fish sauce or soy sauce
1/4 cups sugar (we just used 1 Tbs. Splenda)
1 piece lime wendges
1/2 tsp. red chili flakes
2 whole tomatoes, cut into wedges
1/4 cups fresh basil, chopped
Directions:
In a large sauce pan, cook the chicken in a little bit of oil until done, about 5 to 7 minutes. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the remaining ingredients except for the tomatoes and basil. Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes and basil and cook until warmed through. Taste and adjust seasoning. If it needs more salt, add a little more fish sauce. This is a strong ingredient so be gentle with it. If you like it a bit more spicy, add a little more red chili flakes.
We used red curry and this is just after adding the mushrooms and tomatoes. Although it doesn't look at all like the photo- it was DAMN GOOD! Love my wok!

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