soup,  chicken rice and fruit salad served on beach restaurant

“Lime in the Coconut” Tropical Soup

“Put the lime in the coconut and drink ’em bot’ together
Put the lime in the coconut, then you’ll feel better…” Harry Nilsson (Listen HERE)

Who says you can’t have soup in the summer? This amazing Thai-inspired summer masterpiece (Tom Kha Gai) is a wonderfully delicious way to enjoy soup all year round – no matter how hot or humid it is! Being that Thailand is sweltering hot even in the winter, it makes perfect sense!Spicy creamy coconut soup with chicken Thai food called Tom Kha Gai on wooden table

And I love that it incorporates the gut-healing health benefits of my beloved bone broth! Not to mention fresh herbs, coconut milk, and essential oils! Feel free to tweak this recipe to your liking, but try it my way first. You will NOT be sorry!

  • 1-2 C. shredded free-range chicken (or wild-caught shrimp/salmon)
  • 3 quarts organic chicken bone broth
  • 1 white onion, chopped (or 5-6 shallots)
  • 2-3 carrots, thinly sliced
  • ½ C. celery, sliced
  • 2 large chopped kale leaves or spinach (don’t forget to remove and discard the stem)
  • 1-2 tomatoes, blanched, peeled, and diced
  • 1 T. fresh, grated ginger (or a few drops Young Living ginger essential oil)
  • 1 tsp. fresh grated lemongrass
  • 6 chopped garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp. turmeric
  • 1-2 cans full fat unsweetened coconut milk (if your bone broth is super concentrated, use 2)
  • ½-3/4 C. fresh squeezed lime juice (try not to use bottled)
  • 2-3 T. coconut oil
  • 1-2 T. Coconut cream concentrate – Tropical Traditions (optional, but adds more coconut flavor)
  • 2-3 drops Young Living Vitality lime, lemongrass, and black pepper essential oils
  • 2-3 T. Red Curry Paste (Thai Kitchen)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1 C. chopped fresh cilantro
  • fresh basil for garnish
  • Himalayan sea salt (to taste)
  • Cayenne (to taste)

Other Optional Additions:

  • 1-2 C. chopped broccoli florets
  • ½ C. chopped or sliced mushrooms
  • Fish Sauce (for chicken option)
  • jalapenos or other favorite peppers
  • Fresh Lemongrass, sliced on a bias in two-inch slices
  • fresh mint leaves
  • fresh basil leaves

Sautee’ onion and garlic in turmeric and coconut oil (if you’re adding mushrooms, add them now). Add broth and simmer at medium/high heat. Whisk in coconut milk and seasonings. Add remaining ingredients, except cilantro, green onion, and other herbs. Simmer covered on medium/low for 30 minutes. Stir in green onion and half the cilantro.

Serve topped with chopped avocado, remaining cilantro, and other fresh herbs.

Suggested Supplements:

  • Daily packet of Young Living’s Master Formula multivitamin
  • EssentialZyme 4 (enzymes) – take with first bite of food
  • Wine glass full of NingXia Red or NingXia Zyng! Cheers!

Be sure to sing “Lime in the Coconut” at the top of your lungs while you prepare this dish, and enjoy the weird looks from your children!


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