Showing posts with label coconut milk. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coconut milk. Show all posts

Thursday, January 2, 2014

How to make your own coconut milk

Coconut milk is a staple in our home.  I always have a couple of cans on hand for an emergency, but often I have my own made in the fridge.  It's incredibly simple and very cheap to make if you are able to buy coconut at a reasonable price.  I've been lucky enough to find coconut at Costco and I snapped it up for $8.

You'll need:

2 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut
4 cups water
Cheesecloth or a nut milk bag; I use this Amazing Nut Milk bag and it's pretty perfect.

Put water and coconut into a blender.

Blend on high for 2 minutes.

While it's blending, get your cheesecloth or nut milk bag ready.

After 2 minutes pour the coconut milk over the cheesecloth or nut milk bag, catching all of the coconut pulp.

Refrigerate and use within 1 week.

You'll have a lot of coconut pulp left over.  You can dry it out and use it as coconut flour if you wish.  Or just eat it, which I really love to do!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Chocolate Banana Popsicles

These are really delicious.  Perfect for a hot day, or even as a post-workout recovery snack.  Full of good fats and carbs.  They're easy to whip up and keep a batch in the freezer.

You'll need:
1 can coconut milk
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
2 ripe bananas (mine were still a bit green, this is much better when they're spotted and perfectly ripe)

Put all ingredients into a blender.

Blend on high until smooth.

Pour into popsicle molds.  I really love these Norpro silicone molds.  If you don't have popsicle molds are in the need of something immediate, just toss a cup of ice into the blender and whizz it all together for a delicious smoothie.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Recipe - Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Mash

This is the perfect topping for cottage pie or even on its own.  It's incredibly easy to do and always turns out great!

You'll need:
1 head of cauliflower
2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
3/4 cup coconut milk
1.5 Tbsp coconut oil
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Steam the cauliflower and sweet potato for about 10 minutes.

In a small pot, warm the coconut oil, coconut milk and oil until the oil is melted and the mixture is warm.

Place the steamed veg and liquid into a food processor and pulse until your desired consistency is reached. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Whole30 Series: Prepping for your Whole30

When I'm getting ready to do another Whole30 I always make a trip to the supermarket or farmer's market and load up on fresh and sometimes frozen veggies and fruit.  I also load up on coconut milk, ensuring that it's the kind that is simply coconut cream and water.

We have a fully stocked freezer full of pork, chicken and beef.  We generally order quarter cows and half pigs and share them with a coworker who lives in the country.  He's our 'meat guy' and I'm forever grateful to him for supplying us with these lovely animals.

I also always have at least a dozen eggs hard boiled and ready to go in the fridge at all times during a Whole30.  They're perfect portable little protein bombs.  If we're at the splash pad or the park, I'll often pack a bunch of hard boiled eggs or egg salad and have them with raw veggies.

Costco can be a treasure trove of things during a Whole30.  Canned tuna and salmon, coconut oil, lean cuts of meat, if you're not able to source from a farm, nuts, nut butters, olive oil, eggs, and produce.

I will always have a jar of homemade mayo in the fridge, too.  It's perfect for a quick lunch of tuna, salmon, egg or even chicken salad.  I love to top cucumbers or peppers with some form of creamy, mayo-y salad.

Precook some meat and have it ready to go in the fridge.  Oftentimes I'll cook up a bit of extra meat and have it leftover in the fridge for lunch the next day.  I'll also try to have some veg cooked up and ready to go or some raw veggies cut into strips.  Portable, pre-prepped food is my best friend during a Whole30.

Of course it's necessary to do a huge purge.  Get rid of temptation from the house.  I double check my cupboards and fridge to make sure it's clear of all sugary and tempting things.

It seems daunting, but it doesn't have to be.  I just take an afternoon and get everything done.  The end result is absolutely worth it.  I promise.

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