Originally published October 6 2010
Coconut Recipes: Enjoy the Milk and Oil of the Coconut
by Fleur Hupston
(NaturalNews) The health benefits of coconuts are well documented. Delicious sliced open on the spot for a refreshing drink and satisfying snack, coconuts are also dried for use in a variety of meals and dishes. Coconut oil is an excellent and healthy ingredient in shakes and smoothies. Try some of these international soup, main course and desert recipes that incorporate the milk or oil of coconuts.
African Coconut Cream and Banana Soup
1 dozen small green bananas
2 cups home made chicken, fish or vegetable stock
1 cup coconut cream
1 small onion, chopped
Fresh hot chili, to taste
1. Peel and grate the bananas or puree in a blender, if preferred, then mix with the stock.
2. Saute the onion and chili until soft.
3. Mix all the ingredients together and heat but do not allow to boil.
4. Decorate with fresh parsley or coriander.
Main Course Using Coconut Milk
Many people confuse coconut milk with the liquid found inside a coconut, which is coconut water. Coconut milk is extracted from the meat of coconuts. The fresh meat can be squeezed directly (usually referred to as coconut cream) or it can be grated, mixed with hot water and then squeezed, making a thinner coconut milk. It can easily be made at home or it can be purchased at stores, canned or frozen.
Spicy Potato Curry with Coconut Milk
3 cups potatoes, cut into cubes
1/2 cup coconut cream, 1/2 cup coconut milk
1 small onion, chopped
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 sliced red chilies, or more, to taste
2 tablespoons olive oil
1. Fry the cumin seeds, onion and chilies until the onion is soft.
2. Add potatoes and then stir in the coconut milk.
3. Simmer on a low heat until potatoes are soft.
4. Add the coconut cream and seasoning, to taste.
5. Bring to a boil, allow to cook at a high heat for a minute or two, and then turn off the heat.
6. Serve hot with brown rice.
Coconut Oil and Strawberry Smoothie
Healthy strawberry smoothies are packed with phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals and enzymes that come in a whole-food form. Combined with coconut oil, a strawberry smoothie is rich and filling enough for a complete meal.
1 cup fresh strawberries
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/3 cup raw almonds, soaked
1 and 1/2 cups water
Blend until smooth and strain to remove almond meal.
About the authorFleur Hupston is a professional freelance writer. She is passionate about natural, healthy living and is currently studying to be a naturopath. She divides her time between writing for Natural News and various other sites, home schooling her children and studying part time.
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