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Chicken, Lemongrass and Coconut Soup

3 Jul

I love using my doTERRA essential oils in cooking and when I saw their recipe for Lemongrass and Coconut Soup I thought I would give it a go. I added chicken and converted the recipe for the Thermomix but you can of course cook this in a saucepan. If you don’t have lemongrass essential oil, you could pop in some fresh lemongrass instead.

You will need:

1 x chicken breast cut into thin strips

2 x small carrots sliced – julienne strips

6 x asparagus spears cut into 2cm pieces

6 x brocoli florets broken into small pieces

8 x snow peas sliced into small pieces

6 x shitake mushrooms soaked

2 x lime leaves sliced

small piece of ginger sliced

150g coconut milk

240g vegetable stock (use 1/2 teaspoon of TM Vegetable Stock Concentrate and leftover water from blanching vegetables)

1/2 drop doTERRA lemongrass essential oil

Juice of 1 x lime

1 x spring onion chopped finely

corriander sprigs to garnish

Freshly ground pepper


Place 1.5 litres of water into TM bowl and bring to boil on aroma temperature, speed 1. Once water is boiling place broccoli, asparagus, carrots and snow peas into TM basket, insert into place and blanch for 1 min, varoma, speed 4. Remove and refresh under cold water. Pour out water and reserve 240 g of water used to blanch the vegetables for your stock.

Add coconut milk, vegetable water, TM stock concentrate, chicken strips, lime leaves and ginger into TM bowl and cook for 5 mins, 100 degrees, reverse, soft spoon or until gently boiling. Remove lime leaves and ginger and add in blanched vegetables, mushrooms, lime juice, pepper and lemongrass essential oil and cook for 1 min, 80 degrees, reverse, soft spoon.

Serve soup with sliced spring onion and coriander.



Packet Soups

9 Jun



I was at work last week getting my lunch out the fridge and I couldn’t help myself when I saw this packet soup next to the sink.  I picked it up and turned it over to have a look at the ingredients…..

Apart from having over 15 additives/preservatives and 45 ingredients, there was something really quite alarming  in one of the ingredients.  As you can see from the photo, this soup is Gluten Free however  if you look at the additive 1450, Starch Sodium Octenylsuccinate which is used as a stabilizer/thickener it is recommended that people on a gluten free diet should avoid.

I cannot stress enough that you need to read the labels of the packaged food you are buying.  The gluten free aisles at the supermarket are becoming more and more popular due to the amount of people trying to avoid gluten in their diets or for those that are diagnosed as coeliac.  If you take the time to read what else is in those foods and actually care about your health, you wouldn’t be buying this crap.  Below are a just a few of the nasty additives in this packet soup.

635 – Disodium 5\’ – ribonucleotides

Flavour Enhancer

Allergic reactions, behavioral problems, headache, heart palpitations, prohibited in foods for infants, should be avoided by asthmatics and people with gout or kidney disease, swelling of the lips and tongue, itchy rash

220 – Sulphur Dioxide


Anaphylaxis, asthma, bronchitis, destroys vitamin B1, diarrhea, HACSG and FIN recommend to avoid, nausea, prohibited in foods for infants, stomach upset, suspected liver, developmental, respiratory, cardiovascular and neurotoxicity, welling, symptoms associated with peripheral neuropathy, nettle rash or hives

310 – Propyl Gallate


Asthma, avoid if aspirin sensitive, caused DNA damage in animals, cheilitis, contact dermatitis, FIN recommends to avoid, hyperactivity, prohibited in foods for infants,

320 – Butylated Hydroxyanisole

Asthma, chronic nettle rash or hives, DNA damage, depression, FIN and HACSG recommend to avoid, fatigue, headache, insomnia, prohibited in foods for infants, recognized carcinogen, suspected respiratory, endocrine, skin, immune, liver and neurotoxicity, wheezing

If you don’t have the Chemical Maze app, click here for more information.  This is the quickest way to find out what is really in the food you are buying!

Remember, fresh is best but if you have to buy convenience foods, please read your labels!