Paleo Tom Yum

A few weeks, on a sunny Okinawan spring day, I bought my sister and her daughter airline tickets to come visit our beautiful island.  The next day it rained.  The following day: it rained.  It has rained every single day since.  This years rainy season has been no joke!!!!

Along with the rain came my yearly cold, and this one has been a woozie.  It started first thing in the morning: head congestion and a headache.  I used my sick leave for actually being sick… crazy, I know!

All I could think about the first day of being sick was Thai food.  My husband and I went to Jai Thai in American Village.  I had Thom Yum soup.  The next day we went to a little place off of 329 that my girlfriend, Melissa, suggested: Aridoi.  I had Thom Yum Soup and ordered another one to go… for dinner.  Today, sick and in the rain, I checked my mail… Kaffir Lime Leaves.

I ran home, googled: Paleo Thai Tom Yum Soup.  The first recipe I clicked on, proudly called: Paleo Thai Tom Yum Soup, had sugar in it.  Hmm.  The other recipes had coconut milk.  The soup that I have been living off of for the past three days did not have coconut milk (trust me… I love me some coconut milk)!!!

Then it hit me: take out the Paleo.  BOOM!  Recipes galore… 2 million, 2 hundred and 90 thousand links.  I made two batches, the first one was ok.  I brought it into my husbands work as an “I’m sorry for getting you sick” gift.  His coworker/bestie gave me a thumbs up.  Heres the recipe for the second batch:

Tom Yum

  • 1/2 box organic chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 3 T fish sauce
  • 2 T minced garlic
  • 2 T zested ginger
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves (
  • 1 T chili garlic sauce
  • 4 peppers (next time Ill use fresh)
  • 1 stalk of lemon grass

Combine the ingredients above until it comes to a boil, then turn down the heat a bit and let it simmer for 30 minutes.   Then add the last three ingredients.

  • 1 bag of shrimp (thawed)
  • 1 can of straw mushrooms
  • 1/s can water chestnuts (for my bestie Erica)
  • 2 tomatoes- quartered
  • 1 lime- juiced
  • 1 handfull chopped cilantro
Ingredient "round up"

Ingredient “round up”

Tom Yum

Tom Yum

This recipe does not produce a particular spicy soup- my husband added Sriracha on his.  Get spicy!



GMOs: Cereal. Killers.

GMOs.  What are they?!!?!?  Where are they?!?!?!  I’ve been learning a bit on GMOs since learning about them from my SIL.  Recently, I reflected on my high school biology career… I failed biology 2 years in a row.  Maybe this isn’t the topic for me. But, then again, you can get information in a video- and I LOVED movie day!

Dont have time for 2 1/2 hours of video?  No?  You’re in luck: heres pictures!



6 months ago in California Proposition 37 (required labeling of food products made from GMOs) was axed.  $47,000,000 (thats MILLION) was donated to oppose this measure.  There has been lots of pictures on facebook with lists of GMO users (the BAD GUYS):

This was sent to Stephanie by her Mom as a pamphlet.

This was sent to Stephanie by her Mom as a pamphlet.

Bad bad guys

snopes says these companies are not owned by “Monsanto” but these companies use products developed by Monsanto.

Potato: Potato.

Heres the happy list:


Follow me here- I’m going out on a limb… I started watching a new show: The Following.  The show is about a serial killer, Joe Carroll,  who is the leader of a serial killing cult.

The Monsanto

The Monsanto

I have nicknamed Joe Carroll: The Monsanto.  Monsanto… cereal?!?!  Anyone!?!??  Watch the show, let me know what you think!!!

Ok, back to real life…

Both of my boys are playing organized basketball.  After every game a different parent is in charge of sending the kids home with a snack.  First off: why do we need a snack after 16 minutes of exercise and secondly: chips, Gatorade, doughnuts, and granola bars just doesn’t feel like an appropriate “snack”.  I’ve called on my facebook homies to help me out on a fun and healthy snack… more to follow!