Easy Tom Kha Phak Quinoa Bowl

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You guys know that I’m all about simple, easy, and healthy recipes.  Generally, anything with more than ten ingredients makes my eyes cross and my fingers dial for takeout. 


This Tom Kha Phak Quinoa Bowl is a perfect example of my kind of dinner.  Minimal prep, seven ingredients, and on the table in 15 minutes.


Tom Kha Phak is coconut vegetable soup infused with Thai spices, coconut milk, shitake mushrooms, and sweet potatoes.  You could make it from scratch… or  you could just buy the Amy’s version.  It’s delicious!


The secret to this quinoa bowl is Amy’s Tom Kha Phak soup.  It does all the work for you – instant and authentic Thai flavor.

Consider this dish your reward for a hard day of work.


Tom Kha Phak Quinoa Bowl


Ingredients (for two servings):


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 cups chopped broccoli
  • 1/2 cup drained and rinsed dark red kidney beans
  • 1 can Tom Kha Phak soup
  • 1/4 cup light coconut milk




  • Bring water to boil, add quinoa, and cook according to these directions.
  • Meanwhile, thinly slice carrots.  Add carrots, broccoli, kidney beans, and Tom Kha Phak soup to a large wok.  Cover and turn heat to high.
  • Allow veggie mix to cook for 10 minutes, or until most of the soup has heated off.
  • Combine cooked quinoa into veggie mix.   Pour coconut milk on top.
  • Serve and enjoy!


Random side note, but… We have these mushrooms growing in the backyard, and I’m totally obsessed.  They go from the size of a quarter…


To a 4-inch tall mushroom with a big cap in a matter of HOURS.


And they keep growing.  How cool is that?


Apparently I missed my calling as a botanist because I can’t stop walking outside to check on my ‘shrooms!


PS – The winner of the Name Your 5K Giveaway is Bridget Henson.  Congrats!



  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife September 27, 2011, 8:12 pm

    I don’t like mushrooms, but those are sort of cute!

    I am such a HUGE fan of easy dinners. I can not do recipes that are long, take tons of ingredients, and have crazy steps. I am NO gourmet cook. Hah 🙂

  • Kathleen September 27, 2011, 8:14 pm

    Yum! That recipe looks delicious! I am on the hunt for quick, delicious and nutritious recipes and this looks like it fits the bill. No just to find that soup…
    Also, poor Maggie and her separation anxiety, although I think its kinda cute! 😉

  • Carin September 27, 2011, 8:17 pm

    Is the Husband as intrigued by mushroom watching – he seems like a fun guy?

    • CaitlinHTP September 27, 2011, 8:17 pm



  • Carin September 27, 2011, 8:19 pm

    Can never resist a good pun!

  • Marcia September 27, 2011, 8:24 pm

    That looks fabulous! I make a ton of brown rice in coconut milk but never thought to make quinoa that way!

  • Marian @ marianwrites September 27, 2011, 8:27 pm

    ummmm that dinner looks AMAZING. guess i have to go get some of that soup….

  • katie @ KatieDid September 27, 2011, 8:29 pm

    mmmm coconut is the best. This might also be good with a cream of mushroom soup too.

  • Army Amy* September 27, 2011, 8:31 pm

    I’m always on the lookout for a great quinoa dish! This might be one for me to try!*

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey September 27, 2011, 8:35 pm

    We have mushrooms growing in our yard too, and it’s usually when it’s really humid outside. By the time the day is over, they have died!

  • shay September 27, 2011, 8:41 pm

    Mycologists study mushrooms, botanists study plants 😉 But check out this awesome clip about fungus from Plantet Earth, it is so cool…if you like fungus

    • CaitlinHTP September 28, 2011, 8:25 am

      Oooo mycologists. Cooler word 🙂

  • Kristin @ STUFT Mama September 27, 2011, 8:50 pm

    Oh yum yum yum! I am a huge fan of Thai and quick and easy recipes! yay! This looks right up my alley! Thanks for sharing. I need to get my hands on that soup!

  • Michelle September 27, 2011, 8:53 pm

    Fun fact: mushrooms are one of the fastest growing fungi!

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb September 27, 2011, 9:15 pm

    haha, i love your watchful eye over your shrooms. i get like that with my basil plant… it turns into my baby!

  • BroccoliHut September 27, 2011, 9:16 pm

    This is so genius! I love any excuse to fit more coconut in my life:)

  • Lisa September 27, 2011, 9:18 pm

    I love using soup as a liquid ‘flavour’ – so easy yet so tasty!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 27, 2011, 9:21 pm

    I love easy delicious meals like this! I wish I had that when I got home from work tonight!

  • Lauren @ LaDolcePita September 27, 2011, 9:25 pm

    Caitlin! Your food always looks insane (in the best way). Thanks for representing tasty, easy, accessible vegetarian cuisine so well in the blog world. I’m definitely trying this latest recipe out. I lurve Thai somuch.

    • CaitlinHTP September 28, 2011, 8:25 am

      Thanks Lauren 🙂

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats September 27, 2011, 9:26 pm

    oh my goodness those mushrooms look so cool!!!! I always find stuff like that fascinating.

  • Sana September 27, 2011, 9:34 pm

    Oh shrooms 😉

  • maria @ Chasing the Now September 27, 2011, 9:35 pm

    I don’t like mushrooms to eat, but I think the way they look is so cool when they are growing! 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) September 27, 2011, 9:35 pm

    Don’t eat them! And don’t let the dogs eat them, either!!

    • CaitlinHTP September 28, 2011, 8:26 am

      Oh I won’t!

  • Sara @ RunnerWife September 27, 2011, 9:48 pm

    I am not a mushroom fan, but they look cool! Just keep your dogs away from them 🙂

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen September 27, 2011, 11:16 pm

    mushrooms grow like crazy! Have you ever watched a time lapse video of them, it’s insane how quickly they grow/die. (inner nerd coming out here) 😉

  • Katie September 27, 2011, 11:23 pm

    WHAT. Seriously, am I the only one shocked and a little terrified by those mushrooms? I had no idea anything could grow that fast, and I find it really alarming. It seems like they could get too powerful and take over the yard/world.

  • Claire September 27, 2011, 11:26 pm

    I have had a phobia of mushrooms ever since I was very little and I read one of the books in the Babar the Elephant series where an elderly elephant in Babar’s tribe dies after eating a poisonous mushroom. Why do they need to grow that fast?? It’s terrifying! I am going to have nightmares!

  • mi-an d. September 27, 2011, 11:30 pm

    can’t wait to make this dish! did i tell you i made that pineapple quinoa dish?? so good! i just used whatever i had i.e. almonds instead of cashews; red bell peppers; etc. but the mixture of pineapple (my fave fruit!) and quinoa is fricken aaaamzing!! can’t wait to make it again!

    • CaitlinHTP September 28, 2011, 8:26 am

      I know, isn’t it? Best recipe from Veganomicon for sure

  • Khushboo September 28, 2011, 12:08 am

    Are the mushrooms edible?

  • Katie September 28, 2011, 12:42 am

    please be careful with the mushrooms! 4 patients have come to georgetown hospital in the past week with poisoning from eating certain mushrooms they found!


    • CaitlinHTP September 28, 2011, 8:27 am

      Oh man I would NEVER eat a wild mushroom!

  • Eliza September 28, 2011, 1:53 am

    what if they are evil mushrooms?

  • Meagan September 28, 2011, 2:43 am

    Be careful not to let the puppies eat those! A friend’s dog was recently hospitalized for days after eating a few out of the backyard, I wouldn’t want the same to happen to you!

  • SeekingAmy September 28, 2011, 6:28 am

    Make sure the pups don’t get a hold of them!

  • Eleonora September 28, 2011, 6:49 am

    Those cute mushrooms look like young parasol mushrooms (not only edible, but also very good!) do they open like an umbrella after that stage? Might be in the next recipe!

    • CaitlinHTP September 28, 2011, 8:27 am

      Yes! That’s what they are!

      • Eleonora September 28, 2011, 8:39 am

        if you decide to pick them up, please check with an expert (or at least on a specific book) before: they can be mistaken with amanita, that’s possibly the most poisonous mushroom (might even cause death!).

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 28, 2011, 7:38 am

    I’ve never even heard of that kind of soup before. But I love anything made with coconut milk, so I bet it’s good!

  • Jordy September 28, 2011, 7:41 am

    The mushroom observation made me think of this:
    Haha. :]

    • CaitlinHTP September 28, 2011, 8:27 am

      Haha <3 the office

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy September 28, 2011, 8:20 am

    The mushrooms in our yard freak me out! It’s such a chore trying to get them up every day so the dogs don’t eat them!

  • Gabby @ Gabby's Gluten-Free September 28, 2011, 10:05 am

    I have the same mushrooms in my front yard – they pop up about a dozen at a time and get MASSIVE. I will leave for my 6am run and they will be tiny and by the time I get home from work at 4pm, they are a good 3 inches bigger.

  • Wendy September 28, 2011, 10:28 am

    I love 15min-preparation dinners too!! Have to recommend two awesome things I’m in love lately to you. TJ’s thai green curry simmer sauce http://www.bsideblog.com/2008/05/adventures-in-thai-food-trader-joes-edition/ and the s&b Japanese curry http://www.sb-worldwide.com/products/golden.html Both so yummy and easy to use. saute whatever veggie/tofu/bean/taters 10 mins + stir in the sauce + 5 min simmering Hope you’ll get to try them and like them as I do

  • Amber K September 28, 2011, 1:09 pm

    Quick dinners like this are exactly what I love. I do not have the time or patience for anything super complicated!

  • Marissa C September 28, 2011, 4:35 pm

    Oh, I LOVE Tom Kha soup. Totally trying this. I think it will be a hit with DH!

  • Amanda September 28, 2011, 6:17 pm

    Love it! I’m a biologist and I am OBSESSED by these kinds of things. Your mushrooms sound awesome! If it makes a difference, the person who checks out tree identification books for fun approves of your mushroom fancy 😉

  • Lisa September 29, 2011, 2:01 am

    I LOVE quinoa! I’m a new reader of your blog, and a fan (of the blog and quinoa)! I just made lime cilantro quinoa to go with a mole chicken dish. I just cooked quinoa normally and added these seasonings after: http://www.closetcooking.com/2009/03/cilantro-and-lime-rice.html So easy and so yum!

  • Dee September 29, 2011, 6:57 am

    Yum! This looks SO good!

  • Nancy September 29, 2011, 5:25 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this quick and easy recipe! I made it last night with a few substitutes and it was awesome 🙂 I shared your link on my blog and highly recommended it to others 🙂

    • Caitlin September 29, 2011, 5:27 pm


  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) September 29, 2011, 8:58 pm

    Cool mushrooms! Are they safe to eat?

  • Laura Ann October 4, 2011, 12:19 am

    Made it this weekend – LOVED. Great idea!!! Love the quick & easy dinner recipes! And btw, you guys have really been doing a lot more eating in – I think I remember that was a goal of yours… Way to go!

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