Monday Musings + Blog Bites VII

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Christina Ross
Christina Ross
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another exciting edition of “Monday Musings + Blog Bites.” In this seventh installment of our series, we take you on a delightful culinary journey, exploring tantalizing recipes that are sure to tickle your taste buds and inspire your inner chef.

Before we dive into the mouthwatering recipes, let’s take a moment to appreciate the inspiration behind this series. “Monday Musings + Blog Bites” was born out of a desire to infuse creativity and inspiration into the start of your week. We believe that cooking and sharing meals can be a form of self-expression, a way to connect with others, and a source of joy. Each week, we curate a collection of recipes from talented food bloggers and home chefs to bring you a taste of the diverse and delicious world of cuisine.

NameSpicy Thai Coconut Soup
Prep Time15 minutes
Cooking Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Servings4 servings
YieldApproximately 4 cups of soup


  • 2 cans of coconut milk
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 stalk of lemongrass, sliced
  • 3-4 slices of galangal or ginger
  • 2-3 red chili peppers, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped


In a large pot:

heat one can of coconut milk over medium heat until it begins to simmer.

Add the minced garlic, chopped onion, sliced lemongrass, galangal or ginger, and red chili peppers to the pot. Sauté for 3-5 minutes until fragrant.

Pour in the vegetable broth and the remaining can of coconut milk. Stir well.

Add the soy sauce and brown sugar:

then let the soup simmer for about 10 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Gently stir in the sliced mushrooms and cherry tomatoes. Let them cook for an additional 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are tender.

Add the baby spinach:

or kale leaves and lime juice to the soup. Stir until the greens wilt and the soup is heated through.

Taste the soup and adjust the salt and sweetness to your liking. Remove the lemongrass stalk and galangal/ginger slices.

We hope you find this Spicy Thai Coconut Soup as captivating and flavorful as we do. Remember, cooking is an art, and every dish you prepare is a canvas for your creativity. Whether it’s a cozy Monday evening with loved ones or a solo culinary adventure, this soup is sure to delight your senses and elevate your mood.

Estimated Nutrition Per Serving

Calories380 calories
Dietary Fiber:2g
Saturated Fat32g

1. My dad sent me the link to a very interesting article about the origins of Trader Joe’s. It’s a bit lengthy, but definitely worth a read! A few interesting tidbits:

  • Joe Coulombe, the assumed founder*, “sold whole bean coffee years before Starbucks debuted in 1971, and he became the country’s largest importer of Dijon mustard and Brie”.
  • Theo Albrecht, the business man responsible for taking Joe’s vision to the national level, was “a former soldier in Hitler’s army.”
  • *”Trader Joe’s will not admit that Albrecht or his family ever owned the grocery chain. It will also not concede that Joe Coulombe founded the business. The corporate Web site describes only a fantasy merchant named “Trader Joe” who opened the first store…Trader Joe’s is so evasive on the subject of itself that it has figured out a way to shut down journalists…stories in which journalists communicate with Trader Joe’s are almost nonexistent.” <– Just a little bizarre, no?

2. I just finished the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. Although I was a little disappointed by the third book, I thoroughly enjoyed the first two, and will definitely be joining the crowds of teenagers who flock to the theaters to see the first movie this spring.

3. I made Flour’s Famous Banana Bread from the cookbook Flour by Joanne Chang on Saturday, and it was – as expected – delicious!

I used whole wheat pastry flour in place of all-purpose, swapped half of the canola oil with unsweetened applesauce, and cut the sugar (evaporated cane juice) down to 3/4 cup (I might even cut a bit more sugar out next time).

4. It was my intention to save up a few more recipes for a full seventh installment of Blog Bites, but I just had to share both of these fantastic recipes with you!

First up: Angela’s 5 Ingredient No-Bake Vegan Date Squares from Oh She Glows.

Monday Musings + Blog Bites VII

These bars are seriously delectable.

Almonds. Oats. Salt. Medjool Dates. Coconut Oil.

That’s it.

The only 5 ingredients you need to make a dense, sticky, sweet, tasty date bar.

Monday Musings + Blog Bites VII

I’ve been attempting to cut way down on my sugar consumption, and this date-sweetened dessert has been a big help in staying the course.

Sure – dates are high in natural sugars… but I’m cool with that.

Monday Musings + Blog Bites VII

I wonder if all-fruit jam would work in place of the pureed date paste for another version?

I’ll get back to you on that, as I definitely plan on finding out!

Monday Musings + Blog Bites VII

Next up is Jenna’s Southwestern Sweet Potato Breakfast Skillet from Eat, Live, Run.

Monday Musings + Blog Bites VII

A tasty, healthy, and easy meal made in one skillet?

I’m in.

Monday Musings + Blog Bites VII

I – for one – absolutely love the combination of sweet potatoes and black beans. Add in some thawed roasted corn, Mexican spices & grated cheese, and top with runny eggs?

Yes, please!

Monday Musings + Blog Bites VII

5. I would greatly appreciate your vote for my Peanut Butter Banana Baked French Toast with PB Yogurt Sauce in the Nutty About Yogurt recipe contest/sweepstakes!

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