Posts Tagged ‘Coconut’

Tropical Green Smoothie

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014


I’m definitely on the green smoothie bandwagon. When they initially gained popularity, I really wasn’t convinced that I would be okay drinking a salad. I finally tried it because of the nutritional benefit and found that I really like them! (more…)

Mango Coconut Banana Bread

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Cooking is like love, it should be entered into with abandon or not at all.
-Harriet Van Horne (Vogue 1956)

Is there anything more comforting than freshly baked banana bread? Growing up a friend and I would always make banana bread when we were down. We would spy each other with that knowing look and immediately start gathering ingredients. When we were apart we would often bring a warm slice to each other “just because” and the sentiment contained in that delicious slice is something that I can conjure up all of these years later. It was more than the ingredients, it was an act of love. It was an act of knowing that we can’t always fix things with words, but sharing in a scrumptous delight and surrendering to that moment, somehow everything was just a little more bearable.
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Zucchini Apple Muffins

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Our basket site is full of awesome volunteers. I don’t think that we can say that enough! Every once in a while someone shows up with goodies. This recipe is from one of our volunteers, Katy.
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Mango Chicken over Coconut Rice

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Tell me what you eat,

and I shall tell you what you are.

-Jean-Anthelme Brilliat-Saravin

After tonight’s dinner, with the above quote in mind, Jean would peg me as a lover of all things tropical and he would be right. I have long fantasized of changing my heritage to more suit my palate and climate preferences. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t get excited at the prospect of scaring the life out of people when I tell them I love them (I’m mostly German BTW), but island cuisine and way of life melds so much better with my current state of mind than my own German roots ever have. (With the exception of Christmas of course. I would be lost without my German Christmas traditions and pfeffernusse.)

Every time I eat a perfectly ripe pineapple or sprinkle some toasted coconut on my latest creation I am reminded of how grateful I am that other cultures and countries share their food with us. My diet would be pretty unexciting if I were only able to eat the foods that naturally grew near my geographical location. It would, however, give me even more incentive to move to a tropical locale.

Nonetheless, this quick and easy recipe helped to muffle my desire to escape to a tropical paradise.

With the kids now back in school and back to a myriad of activities, it has been increasingly difficult to get a good meal on the table. This is the perfect season for slow cookers. With a little prep work earlier in the day, your family can be sitting down to a warm delicious meal moments after mom’s taxi service closes for the day.

Mango Chicken over Coconut Rice

Mango Chicken over Coconut Rice

Ingredients

  • 4-5 chicken breasts
  • 1 large ripe mango peeled and diced
  • 3 ripe peaches peeled and diced
  • 1/2-1 full hatch chili pepper (or pepper of your choice) seeds and ribs removed and diced
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 1-2 Tbsp toasted coconut for garnish

Instructions

  1. Prepare slow cooker by spraying sides and bottom with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on high for 3 hours or medium for 4-5 hours.
  3. Shred chicken and serve over coconut rice with toasted coconut on top.

Coconut Rice

Ingredients

  • 2 cups rice
  • 1 (16.5 oz) can of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut
  • water

Instructions

  1. Cook rice as per package directions but sub coconut milk for as much water as you can.
  2. For example I cooked cal rose rice in a microwave rice cooker that called for 3 cups of water to 2 cups of rice. The 16.5 oz can was almost 2 c so I finished filling the measuring cup with water to equal 3 cups.
  3. When the rice is done, immediately toss with toasted coconut.

White Chocolate Mango Banana Bread

Friday, June 7th, 2013

White Chocolate Mango Banana Bread

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