Completely Keto Goblin Soup

In a quaint village nestled on the edge of an enchanted forest, where folklore and tradition are woven into the fabric of daily life, a creative keto chef sought to capture the essence of Halloween in a dish that was both whimsical and nourishing. Drawing inspiration from the goblins of legend—mischievous creatures with a taste for the vibrant and the spicy—she concocted the Completely Keto Goblin Soup, a culinary creation that promised to enchant the palate and warm the soul.

The chef’s journey began at the local market, where she selected the freshest ingredients, each chosen for its ability to contribute to the soup’s magical blend of flavors. Fresh lime juice and zest were the first to catch her eye, their bright acidity setting the tone for the soup’s lively character. Scallions, Serrano chiles, and a generous amount of fresh ginger added a spicy kick, invoking the goblins’ fiery spirit.

To these, she added garlic and a trio of herbs: cilantro, basil, and lemongrass, each contributing its unique note to the melody of flavors. The cilantro offered a fresh, citrusy zing, the basil a sweet, peppery fragrance, and the lemongrass a lemony freshness that tied the other flavors together.

The chef toasted cumin, black peppercorns, and coriander seeds, grinding them to release their aromatic oils, infusing the soup with a depth of flavor that hinted at the ancient spice routes. Boneless, skinless chicken was chosen for its lean protein, shredded into bite-sized pieces to absorb the soup’s robust essence. Zucchini slices and spinach were added for their texture and color, creating a verdant backdrop that evoked the goblin’s forest home.

Coconut milk, unsweetened to maintain the keto-friendly nature of the dish, lent the soup a creamy richness and a slight sweetness that balanced the heat of the chiles and the tang of the lime. Seasoned with coarse salt and ground pepper, the soup was a harmonious blend of spicy, sour, sweet, and savory—much like the goblins themselves, a combination of contradictions that somehow worked together perfectly.

As the soup simmered, the kitchen filled with its enchanting aroma, drawing in curious neighbors and friends. The Completely Keto Goblin Soup became more than a meal; it was a celebration of the season, a tribute to the village’s folklore, and a testament to the chef’s creativity. It was a dish that warmed the heart and nourished the body, a magical concoction that turned a simple Halloween dinner into an unforgettable feast.

Harlan Kilstein’s Completely Keto Goblin Soup

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3
Calories: 1061 kcal


  • 2 Tbs fresh lime juice
  • 4 Scallions diced very small
  • 4 Serrano chiles thinly sliced
  • Lime zest from two limes
  • 2 1/2 Tbs peeled and cut up fresh ginger
  • 10 Garlic cloves minced
  • 3/4 Cup fresh cilantro
  • 1 Tsp Coarse salt
  • 2 1/2 Tsp whole cumin seeds
  • 3 Stalks fresh lemongrass chopped small
  • 1 1/2 Tsps whole black pepper corns toasted
  • 1 1/2 Tbs whole coriander seeds toasted
  • 1 Cup fresh basil
  • 25 Ounces boneless skinless chicken cut into shredded pieces
  • 2 Zuchini sliced
  • 30 Ounces unsweetened coconut milk
  • 3 Ounces Spinach
  • Salt and Ground Pepper to taste


  1. Grind the coriander, cumin, peppercorns and salt with a hand herb grinder
  2. Add other ingredients and combine into a paste texture
  3. Using a blender mix 6 Tbs curry paste, spinach and 1 cup coconut milk and set aside
  4. In a large stockpot bring all remaining coconut milk to a slow boil
  5. Reduce heat, stir in the curry spinach mixture and simmer for 5 minutes
  6. Return to a medium-high temperature
  7. Add zucchini and cook for 5 minutes
  8. Add chicken and season with salt and pepper
  9. Cook 5 minutes
  10. Add basil
  11. Garnish with serrano chiles

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