Easy Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

Shrimp Soup Words SmallI've had an epiphany. In order to cook good - I mean REALLY good - Thai food, all I needed was three ingredients I don't normally keep stocked in my kitchen. They are: lemongrass stalks, kaffir lime leaves and galangal root. That's it!

I found all of these at my local health food store. And, trust me, if I can find these where I live, I am pretty sure you can find them where you live. For some, you will have to also find a good fish sauce to make this recipe, but that's much easier to come by than the other ingredients.

The soup I am sharing today is warming, but not overheating, which is perfect for the unusually warm first day of fall we are experiencing. When ladled over a nice scoop of sticky rice and topped with cilantro, this soup makes a fabulous and complete meal. It's filling but doesn't feel heavy and by exchanging the shrimp for baked trout and using less coconut milk, you can eat this during your pre-cleanse.

The best feature of this soup is how incredibly FAST it is to make. It cooks up in less time than a pot of white rice - and if you have that already on hand, you're eating 10 minutes after you started.

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