Spooky Tomato Rice Soup

DRAGON BITES carb-counted recipe

A family-friendly, mostly healthy (sometimes treat-y!) simple recipe for families living well with type 1 diabetes.

This nutritious home-made tomato, rice, basil and coconut milk soup is made with healthy ingredients for you, and decorated with a spooky Halloween cheese cut-out for your little one.

Low-Carb? No
Gluten-free? Option given
Dairy-free? Option given
Nut-free? Option given

Active Time: 20 min
Melt: 5 mins
Set: 10 mins
Ready in: 35 mins

Total Yield: 6 skewers
Carb Content: 34g of carbs for each skewer (see detailed carb content below)



  • 3 tbsp olive oil                                          0g carbs
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced                 1 1/2 cups = 15g carbs
  • 3 tsp minced garlic                                  3g carbs
  • 28-oz can of diced tomatoes, with juice   32g carbs
  • 3 tbsp dried basil                                      0 carbs
  • 2 cups vegetable broth                             6g carbs
  • 1 cup coconut milk                                   8g carbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste                           0g carbs
  • 1/2 cup uncooked rice                              64g carbs (for Calrose Brown Rice used here)
  • 1 Slice of processed cheese per bowl       3g carbs


  1. In a soup pot, saute onions and garlic in olive oil.
  2. Add tomatoes, basil and cook for another 2 minutes.
  3. Add broth, coconut milk, rice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and mix with an immersion blender to desired smoothness.
  5. Use a cookie cutter to stamp out a pumpkin, ghost, cat… or your child’s favourite Halloween creature. Place a serving of soup in a bowl and top with a cheese shape.


Total carbs for the soup = 128g.
Total yield by weight for the soup = 1300g (resulting in a carb factor of 0.10* by weight).
Total yield by volume for the soup = 1400 mL (6 cups)
⇒ approximately 9g* of carbs/100mL (or 21g* of carbs per cup)

Plus 2-3g for the cheese topper, so…

For a 1-cup (240mL) servingwith a spooky cat or pumpkin cheese topper = 23g carbs.

For a 2-cup (480mL) servingwith a spooky cat or pumpkin cheese topper = 44g carbs.

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Please don’t rely exclusively on my carb counting! Nutritional information is given for general information only, and will vary depending on the amount, type and brand of ingredients you choose - Please verify your carb and fat content when you make your own version of this recipe.