Creamy Thai Curry Soup with Shrimp…. YUM!!

Fresh herbs, aromatics and vegetables make this flavorful Thai Curry Soup a year-round favorite! Dairy-Free, Whole30, and Paleo.

I love fresh Thai curry paste with all of the fragrant ginger, lemongrass and garlic. This soup is a client favorite because it’s light enough to have in summer, hearty enough to have in winter and delicious enough to enjoy year round.

Shrimp’s delicate flavor is perfect in this soup. Save yourself the time and buy shrimp that’s already peeled and deveined. Also, a tiny percentage of shrimp is actually fresh and never frozen. What you see in the seafood case is actually previously frozen. You don’t know how long it’s been out, so buy frozen to actually get the freshest shrimp. Check the ingredient list to make sure there aren’t any chemicals added.
Shrimp are sold by size. The size is how many are in a pound, so you’ll see things like “jumbo 16/20” which means 16-20 shrimp in a pound all the way down to “extra small 61/70” which are the teeny-tiny salad shrimp. For this soup I like 36/50 shrimp which are a medium bite-size. Feel free to use whatever size you want to eat!

As for Thai curry paste, the good news is if you don’t want to make your own there are a lot of different brands you can buy that don’t have any artificial anything. No chemicals, no preservatives, no sugar; nothing! Thai Kitchen makes a red and green Thai curry paste and is available in most grocery stores. Why should you make your own if there’s a healthy option out there? Not only will it taste fresher and be more complex, but you can control the flavors. If you don’t like garlic; leave it out. Do you love fresh ginger? Double it up!

Either way you go, this soup is fresh and delicious. If you do use store bought curry paste, I recommend you add some fresh garlic and ginger to give it a little boost.

I like 36/50 count shrimp because they are a good one-bite size. You can use smaller or larger shrimp, just be aware that smaller will cook faster and larger will take longer to cook. Fresh lemongrass can be hard to find, but if you have it, add a tablespoon minced; it’s a delicious addition!


  •  2 teaspoons coconut oil
  •  2 tablespoons thai curry paste or homemade Thai curry paste *
  •  2 cups chicken broth
  •  1 can light coconut milk
  •  1 cup sliced mushrooms about 4 ounces
  •  12 ounces 36/50 count shrimp peeled and deveined
  •  ½ cup shredded cabbage
  •  1 cup diced tomato about 1 medium tomato
  •  6 ounces baby spinach
  •  ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  •  1 lime quartered


  1. Heat oil in large saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Stir in curry paste and sauté for 30 seconds.
  3. Add about a half cup of the broth and whisk together.
  4. Add remaining broth, coconut milk and mushrooms.
  5. Simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Add shrimp and cabbage, reduce heat to low and cook for 5 minutes.
  7. Add spinach and tomatoes and cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Serve with sprinkled with cilantro and with a lime wedge if desired.

Recipe Notes

*If using store bought thai curry paste, add in 1 teaspoon minced garlic and 2 teaspoon fresh ginger.

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Paleo Chicken Pot Pie

I’ve gotten tons of requests over the past month or so for a chicken pot pie recipe – it’s like you all are mind readers.

Chicken pot pie is a tall order, the ultimate of ultimate comfort foods, in my opinion, and, one of my favorite foods from childhood.  

It all starts with the dough/crust, which I found from a paleo pie crust I made.

I decided to make 2 smaller pies with double crusts (top and bottom) and one personal size pie with only a top crust to test both options.  Both turned out absolutely delicious, so feel free to use only a top crust, and smaller dishes, if you want to cut down down on prep time or just don’t want so much crust in your pie.

As for the filling, I decided to go very traditional, only swapping out the typical peas for broccoli florets to make it paleo.  You can easily swap your favorite veggies into the filling without altering the recipe, so definitely take the opportunity to add whatever you and your family loves the most.

For the chicken, I pre-baked boneless skinless chicken thighs, then cubed them, but you can use any cooked chicken you like – even a rotisserie chicken will work just fine.   Once again, use whatever is convenient and family-approved to make this your own!   T

So, what’s left?  The creamy factor, right?  We’ll be using chicken bone broth – either homemade or purchased – along with organic ghee or grass fed butter, tapioca flour (or arrowroot) as a thickener, and a small amount of coconut milk for that last bit of creaminess.

The filling may or may not make more than you need to fill the crusts (depending on the size of your dishes) but any leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator and served for lunch the next day as soup.  At least, that’s what I did with mine – YUM!  



  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 1/4
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 1/4 cups tapioca flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 14 Tbsp palm shortening or coconut oil , or grass-fed butter, or a combination of both, cold
  • 2 large eggs


  • 1 lb chicken breasts or thighscooked and cubed
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 1/4 cups celery diced
  • 1 1/2 cups carrots peeled and diced and blanched**
  • 1 head broccoli cut into florets and blanched**
  • 6 Tbsp or grass-fed butter or goat butter or coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour or arrowroot starch
  • 2 3/4 cups bone broth homemade or purchased
  • 1/3 cup full fat coconut milk blended prior to adding
  • 1 tsp a good poultry seasoning blend .. I like rosemary, oregano, thyme and garlic.
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp fresh parsley minced
  • 1 egg plus 1 tbsp water for egg wash, optional


prepare crust:

  1. In a food processor combine all ingredients EXCEPT for the eggs and pulse until mixture resembles thick crumbs.  Then, pulse/process in the eggs until a dough forms.  Gather the dough into a ball prior to rolling or pressing into your pie dish(es).Separate dough into 4 disks and wrap tightly in plastic.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes prior to pressing/rolling out dough.

prepare filling:

  1. Have your chicken cooked and cubed and your carrots and broccoli blanched** and set aside. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees
  2. Heat a large stock pot over med-low heat and add the 6 tbsp ghee or butter. Add the onions and celery, sprinkle with just a bit of salt and pepper.
  3. Raise the heat to medium and cook about 5 minutes, until translucent and fragrant.
  4. Whisk in the tapioca flour and continue whisking while the mixture bubbles for 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add bone broth and raise the heat, bringing the mixture to a boil while stirring. Once boiling, lower heat to med-low and continue to simmer another 10 minutes, until thickened.
  6. Once thickened, add the coconut milk, poultry seasoning, salt, pepper, parsley, cubed chicken, carrots and broccoli. Stir and cook another 1-2 minutes, then remove from heat and set aside.
  1. If planning on making both bottom and top crusts (as opposed to top only) press or roll dough between two sheets of parchment paper, then gently lay each one into the bottom of your pie dishes – you can make this in a large deep dish pie dish (9 inches) or 2 smaller deep dish pie dishes (5-6 inches). Alternatively, you can make 4 personal size pies in ramekins.***
  2. If using a bottom crust, poke holes all over crust with a pork and place pie dishes on a baking sheet. Pre-bake the bottom only for 10-12 minutes, or until bottom is just set, then remove from oven.
  3. Fill your pie dishes with filling almost up to the top (it’s fine that they boil over a bit while baking). Extra filling can be saved as leftovers for soup, or frozen for later use.
  4. To prepare the top crusts, roll or press the remaining disks between two pieces of parchment paper (or all of them, if using a top crust only) until about 1/4” thick. Carefully place top crust over filling and seal the edges as desired, then, using a thin knife, make 3 or 4 slits on the top crust. If using the egg wash, gently brush it over the top crusts and sprinkle with additional sea salt if desired.
  5. Place pie dishes on a large baking sheet (use 2 if necessary) and bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, until crust is deep golden brown and filling is bubbling through.

Recipe Notes

*Unbaked pies can be frozen and baked later on, you can also prepare dough and filling up to 3 days ahead of time, then assemble and bake

***Press dough into bottom and sides of the pie dish(es) to fit – this dough will break easily since it lacks gluten, however it also repairs incredibly easily and can withstand a lot of manipulation without affecting the final product!


Calories: 558kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 20gFat: 43gSaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 542mgPotassium: 498mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3735IUVitamin C: 57.6mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 2.2mg

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Samantha Lee Lander

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, NESTA Certified Personal Trainer, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, ACSM Wellness and Nutrition Coach, and Metabolic Typing.  

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