Recipes: coconut

Overnight Protein Oats with Blueberry Milk

By Gina Caputo

Overnight Protein Oats with Blueberry Milk
I held off for YEARS on making overnight oats. I didn't get it, oatmeal just doesn't take that much time or effort to cook and why would I ever want to eat oats cold anyway? I came across a recipe that included nut milk blended with frozen blueberries and since they are in my top 3 fave fruits, I finally bit and made my own version just to see if overnight oats are worth all the hype.

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Cauliflower Kale Chicken Bowl

By Gina Caputo

Cauliflower Kale Chicken Bowl

This bowl hits all the marks of being satisfying, healthy, easy, delicious and even gluten-free. Cauliflower rice is sautéed in coconut oil and combined with massaged kale for a strong veggie base. Add rotisserie chicken (or leave it off for a vegan version!) for a protein boost and then add the party of apples, cranberries and almonds. I added some cayenne-spiked date syrup to my usual balsamic dressing for this one but that may be hard to find. Consider adding a dash or two of cayenne powder to your dressing for a similar effect!

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 rotisserie chicken, meat removed or 2-3 cooked chicken breasts (roasted, sautéed, grilled, etc)
  • 1 apple
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ chopped almonds
  • Balsamic vinaigrette + add optional dash of cayenne pepper
  • Sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Grate the head of cauliflower on a box grater or similar
  2. Remove the center rib of the kale and chop into bite sized pieces
  3. Chop the chicken into bite sized pieces
  4. Dice the apple
  5. Chop almonds
  6. Prepare your dressing and add cayenne pepper if desired
  7. Place the kale in a large salad bowl and toss or massage with two tablespoons of the balsamic dressing
  8. Sautee the grated cauliflower in a large skillet over medium heat, stir frequently for 5 minutes.
  9. Add the cauliflower to the kale, add the chicken chunks and toss. Add as much dressing as desired.
  10. Add the apples, cranberries and almonds and a pinch of sea salt.
  11. Toss well and serve!

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Thai Coconut Soup

By Gina Caputo

Thai Coconut Soup
Thai-inspired soups always seem so perfect to me in the "shoulder" season in late Fall, where Summer is still fresh in your mind but the early mornings and late nights are feeling like winter. The coconut milk in them is like a nod to summer but their heartiness says, winter is coming. Enjoy this one, definitely a favorite in this household!

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Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken

By Gina Caputo

Instant Pot Coconut Curry Chicken
We had a freak September snow storm and after eating lots of cool grain bowls, grills, tacos and salads, it seemed like an invitation to bust out the ole Instant Pot again! After just a little prep in chopping, this one pot wonder has that glorious combo of tomatoes and coconut milk, is a breeze to make and is full of flavor. It also invites innovation with other veggies and can be made omni or vegan!

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Thai Chicken Salad

By Gina Caputo

Thai Chicken Salad
I love how Thai food combines things I love like coconut milk, lime and cilantro.  I was craving those flavors and wanted a salad but needed something more substantial than just lettuce so I added some cilantro-lime basmati rice and basically made a chopped Thai salad with peanut sauce on top. It's a keeper!

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Balanced Breakfast Bonanza

By Gina Caputo

Balanced Breakfast Bonanza Bowl - Ayurveda Breakfast Bowl by Gina Caputo

When I make One Bowl Wonders, I love to combine flavors, textures and temperatures. When it comes to flavors, I try to include as many of the 6 Ayurvedic flavors as I possibly can. It is believed that the most well-balanced, nourishing meals reflect all 6 tastes: sweet, salty, sour, astringent, bitter, pungent (spicy). So when Kashi asked me to shift gears and make a breakfast One Bowl Wonder, I wanted to stay true to my process and combine hot oatmeal with cool, smooth yogurt and dry, crunchy Kashi as well as fold in all 6 Ayurvedic tastes!

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Lime In The Coconut Chickpea Stew

By Gina Caputo

Lime In The Coconut Chickpea Stew
One day during quarantine I got a wild hair to use mostly pantry items to make a stew but I still wanted it to be high in protein. So I ended up making a chickpea on chickpea stew with a coveted can of coconut milk! This is easy, delicious and can be served on its own, over rice or you can dip pita or naan in it. AND if you listen to Harry Nilsson's song Coconut while you make it, it's guaranteed to be infused with that special spice called FUN.

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Nutso For This Soup

By Gina Caputo

Nutso For This Soup
This soup was definitely inspired by "Hmmm, what do I have in the kitchen today?" but ended up thick, hearty and soul-satisfying in a way I didn't expect! I think the African-peanut-stew-inspired addition of nut butter and nuts pushed it over the delicious edge and then the Thai-inspired lime juice at the end is EVERYTHING. It's spicy, sweet, sour, astringent and delicious every way you look at it!

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