I discovered this simple soup when I was trying to learn new paleo recipes. This is good for the all of us, diet or not. Now that I have discovered how quick and tasty this is, I am in danger of over doing it, making it about once a week!
In a large soup pot, heat the coconut oil and add the chilies, heating for 1-2 minutes. Add the coconut milk and chicken broth and heat to boiling.
Add the cut up chicken thighs, fish sauce, ginger, lemon grass and turmeric, if using and simmer for 10 minutes. (if adding sweet potatoes or butternut squash, cube them and precook a bit in a microwave oven. Then add to the soup to cook with the chicken).
Add the shrimp or sausage, lime juice, mushrooms, onions and cherry tomatoes and simmer for 5 more minutes.
You can try, at this point, to fish out the chilies, the lemon grass and the ginger slices. If you can find them...If not, someone will. You can add noodles at this point if you want. We didn't this time. I had rice on the side for my boys. They put a large scoop in the bottom of their soup bowls and ladled soup over it, then garnished them with cilantro and scallions. Dig in!