Tom Kha Gai: Spicy Chicken, Coconut Milk, Ginger, Cilantro, and Lime Soup

Tom Kha Gai is one of my favorite soups. Spicy, savory and rich with coconut milk this winter soup will warm your bones.

Cooking for vegetarians? Sub veggie stock for the chicken stock and add veggies (celery, carrots, potatoes…) instead of chicken. This recipe is pretty forgiving so feel free to experiment.

Tom Kha soup
spicy, creamy, chicken soup with lime
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • One 15 oz. can of coconut milk
  • 1-2 whole dried Thai chilies diced, or a pinch of dried chili flakes
  • 1-2 inches of freshly grated ginger
  • 2 sticks of lemongrass
  • 2 thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 Tbsp of brown sugar
  • Juice from one lime
  • One small bunch of chopped green onions
  • One handful of cilantro
  • One thinly sliced red bell pepper

1. Bring chicken broth, coconut milk, dried chilies, ginger, lemongrass (and any additional veggies) to a boil. Simmer for ten minutes.

2. Add sliced chicken breast and cook for two minutes.

3. Add mushrooms, fish sauce, brown sugar and lime juice, and stir to combine.

4.  Ladle soup into bowls. Add green onions, cilantro and red peppers (this recipe should make four large servings).

5. Enjoy!

Corn Salad With Cojita and Pickled Onions

I made this delicious, salty, tangy, sweet, crunchy, perfect for July 4th corn salad last weekend, and for once in my life I stuck to the recipe. Well I did have one avocado on the counter who was screaming “eat me now or loose me forever”, so I sliced it and put it in the salad.

Have you heard I’m now on instagram? It’s true! Smitten Kitchen (where I saw this corn salad recipe) is one of my favorite finds. They have beautiful photos, the recipes are typically easy-ish to follow, and if you click on the photo it takes you right to the recipe.

This is sort of an upside down salad, in that the creamy dressing is on the bottom, and you pile crisp veggies on top. Tajin can be found at most grocery stores (this is the stuff they sprinkle on street corn in Mexico, you can also use it to zaz up a michelada). I made extra of the pickled onions and have been using them all week on eggs, salads, anything that needs a little zing. Try this recipe out and let me know what you think.

Corn Salad With Cojita and Pickled Onions


  • 1/2 a small red onion, thin sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp cold water
  • 4 ears of corn, shucked
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 oz crumbled cojita cheese
  • 1 lime, halved
  • Tajin seasoning
  • handful fresh cilantro
  • small avocado, sliced
  1. First make your pickled onions (don’t worry, this is really easy). Mix red onion with vinegar, sugar, salt, and water and refrigerate it while you work on the rest of the salad.
  2. Grill your corn (I do not have a grill so I just rolled these babies around in a hot pan to sear the outside a tad).
  3. Make your dressing – mix the sour cream, mayo, and cheese, and spread over the bottom over a serving platter.
  4. Once the corn is cool enough to handle, slice off the kernels and pile them on top of the cheese.
  5. Squeeze the juice of half of a lime over the corn, and top with pickled onions, avocado and cilantro. Sprinkle with Tajin (or a mix of chili powder and salt).
  6. Enjoy!

Hey there, I’m Anne McCranie, owner of Fluid Movement + Massage LLC. I offer this recipe to tickle your taste buds. I believe in eating a variety of whole foods, in season when possible, and sharing delicious food with people you love. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.

Golden Bowl Recipe – with vegan and gluten free options

We are in the middle of very strange times now with regards to food shopping. Can you maintain a healthy, whole food, based diet while hunkering down at home? Check out this recipe for an easy and delicious dinner that you can customize to suit even your pickiest of eaters. The golden sauce hits on savory, sweet, salty, and garlicky notes, and it’s golden hue brightens up any winter day. I did add some sour cream and shredded cheese to my bowl, but you could easily sub non dairy cheese, or just leave these off to make a vegan version.

Start with your favorite grains (I used brown rice, but feel free to sub quinoa, bulgar, or even a short pasta like orzo), add your choice of beans, greens, sliced avocado, peppers, a handful of cilantro, sliced olives, then top it with the sauce. I used canned beans, but you could for sure use dried beans. The hardest, or most time consuming part of this is the prep, so if you slice your veggies and cook your beans and rice ahead of time, you will have a quick and easy supper ready in minutes. Feel free to adjust the ingredients based on your tastes and what you currently have on hand.

Try this recipe and let me know what you think!

Golden sauce ingredients


Golden Bowl


  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 can (or about 2 cups) cooked black beans
  •  3/4 can (or about 1 cup) cooked garbanzo beans (you will use some of these in the sauce recipe below…)
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp of tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 bunch of kale, chopped
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1 handful of cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp sliced black olives
  • 1 Tbsp golden sauce (see below for recipe)
  • Optional toppings: 2 Tbsp sour cream, and a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese


Golden Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup cooked garbanzo beans (save the rest of the can to use in the bowl)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • juice and zest from one lemon
  • 2 Tbsp of nutritional yeast
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup water

To make the sauce: Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If you make it ahead and store it in the fridge it will thicken a little. Add more water, and shake it up, to thin it if needed. I ended up with a pourable salad dressing type consistency.



  1. Prepare golden sauce (you can do this up to three days ahead)
  2. Cook rice as directed.
  3. Saute kale for a couple of minutes in coconut oil, then add tamari.
  4. Warm beans.
  5. Assemble your bowl: layer about 1/4 cup rice, 1/4 cup black beans, 1/3 cup garbanzos, 1/4 of the cooked kale, 1/4 of the sliced avocado, 1/4 of the sliced peppers, 1 tsp olives, and as much cilantro as you like. Drizzle a spoonful of golden sauce on top, add your (optional) sour cream, and cheese, and serve! This will make 2-4 bowls depending on your appetite, so just about perfect for a family of four.

Zucchini Boats Recipe

Its that time of year again! Have you found yourself avoiding your neighbors for fear that they will try to unload their unwanted zucchini on you? No need to hide! Take all that free zucchini, and try this hearty recipe the whole family will love, even the most zucchini neutral people in your life…


Zucchini Boats Recipe


  • 6-8 zucchini
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan
  • 1 Tbsp chopped parsley



  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Slice zucchini in half lengthwise, and carve out the insides with a spoon. Chop the zucchini ‘meat’ and set it aside. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place zucchini boats, flat side up, on baking sheet.
  3. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet or wok. Cook onion for 2-3 minutes. Add garlic and ground beef, and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the marinara sauce, zucchini pulp, and spices. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Spoon beef mixture into zucchini boats. Top each with a sprinkle of mozzarella, then Parmesan cheese.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Sprinkle with parsley and serve!


Anne McCranie is a Portland (Sellwood), Oregon based personal trainer and licensed massage therapist who loves to talk about, cook, share, and eat delicious food. This recipe is meant to tickle your taste buds. Please see your medical professional for specific dietary advice.

Easy Cabbage Roll Casserole

Remember cabbage rolls? Lovely little packets of paprika spiced meat and rice, rolled into a cabbage leaf, and covered in cheese. What a perfect warming winter entree! The recipe I’m sharing with you this month is an easier (but still delicious) version. If you have the time and inclination to make the original version, please do channel your inner 50’s housewife, put on your best frilly apron, cue up a few Elvis or Buddy Holly songs on the stereo, and get to work. I myself lack the patience for this task, which is why I like this knock off version so much. Same flavor, less work. Dig it?

All told, this took me about 3 hours to make, but that includes time to cook the rice. You can do this step a day or two ahead (in fact, according to this book I just read by Giulia Enders, cooking, then cooling rice before you eat it adds to it’s nutritional value). For the cabbage, I tried both stir frying and steaming it, and had the best success (slightly charred, and still a little crunchy) with a quick stir fry over high heat. Smoked paprika, which adds an extra dimension, is my secret ingredient. If you don’t have this on hand, traditional paprika will do just fine.

I use bacon fat or butter for high heat cooking, and save my good olive oil for salads. If you’d like to know more about why I believe butter is a health food please contact me. I love nothing more that talking about, and sharing good food! You will need a sharp knife, two large pans, a casserole dish (I used an oval corning ware dish about 3 inches deep) and a rice cooker, or large pot with a lid. Try this recipe and let me know what you think.

Cabbage Roll Casserole


  • 4 Tbsp bacon fat or butter (plus a little more to grease the casserole)
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef or ground bison
  • pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 2 cups of brown rice, cooked
  • 1 large head of green cabbage, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Heat 2 Tbsp fat in a deep skillet or large pot. Saute the onion over medium heat, just until softened (3-4 minutes), then add garlic and cook one minute more.
  2. Turn the heat up to high, add the ground beef to the onions and garlic, season with salt and pepper and cook until browned, breaking up any meat chunks with a spoon.
  3. Stir in spices, Worcestershire, sugar, and vinegar and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce and simmer for about 15 minutes (add a splash of water if it gets too thick).
  4. While the meat mixture is cooking, pre-heat the oven to 350, and generously grease your casserole dish.
  5. In a separate large, deep, skillet (or wok) heat 2 Tbsp of fat over medium high heat. Add cabbage, and salt and pepper, and saute, stirring constantly, for 1-2 minutes. You want it just wilted a bit, but still crunchy.
  6. Place half of the cabbage into the prepared casserole dish, and press down gently. Now spread half the meat mixture on the cabbage. Repeat cabbage, then meat.
  7. Wrap tightly with foil and bake for about 40 minutes.
  8. Remove the foil and sprinkle the cheese over the top. Bake for another 10 – 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and slightly browned. You can also turn on the broiler for a minute or two to brown the top, but watch it like a hawk so it doesn’t burn.