Remember how I told you that I can open the new Deliciously Organic cookbook I received recently, and that I can make just about any recipe in it, since each one calls for the healthy ingredients I typically use and have on hand? Wow, have I been having fun. I love reading (and drooling over) these simple, yet tasty recipes that are full of such nourishing foods.
During the next week, I’ll be sharing some of our experiences from our Deliciously Organic taste-testing. I can’t share the recipes with you because they aren’t mine to share. But remember, author Carrie Vitt has put together some very generous deals for you so that you can get your own copy of this great cookbook for a big discount!
Yesterday, we quickly whipped up her Strawberry Coconut Smoothies to go with our lunch.
The coconut milk in these made this treat so creamy and refreshing. It was only slightly “coconutty” – just right. The kids devoured it, and I suppose it goes without saying that Matt and I did too. ;)
What we’re planning to make next is still up for vote. Our ten year old, Elias, has been pouring over the book, as he often does when he gets his hands on a cookbook with awesome food pictures. Can I again just say how nice it is that I don’t have to look at the recipe and tell him, “No, we can’t make that. It uses too many unhealthy ingredients and I’m not sure how to adapt that one.” Instead, I can look at each recipe he points to and give him a thumbs up.
Now to just find the time to make every single recipe in the book as the kids pick them out… :)
Where do you get coconut milk? Brand?? I have another recipe for popsicles that needs coconut milk and I can’t find it. I’m not even entirely sure where to look actually.
The kind I had on hand was Thai Kitchen (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000GZSDZI?ie=UTF8&tag=wwwheavenlyho-20&linkCode=xm2&camp=1789&creativeASIN=B000GZSDZI). I got a case of it from Amazon. Pretty good stuff!
I have tried a number of coconut milk varieties in dessert-type recipes, since my youngest is allergic to dairy. What I’ve found is that the brand of coconut milk makes a HUGE difference in whether something tastes good, or has a weird aftertaste or not.
For instance, the Chaokoh brand at the grocery store makes great savory dishes, but has a dreadful aftertaste in ice cream.
Our favorite is the Native Forest Organic Coconut Milk, which we buy by the case at Azure Standard. It’s a canned product, so it doesn’t need refridgeration till opened. I use it for savory dishes as well as sweet; it’s pretty versatile.
In sweets, I’ve used it for ice cream, fudge, caramel, smoothies, pudding, cobbler… for savories: curries, soups, baked casseroles… I’ve been using it for two years, so I know I’m missing a few things.
Hope that helps!
Thanks! I’ll see if my local coop can order some. I haven’t seen it in the store yet.
So where’s the recipe?
Ooooh…I’ve got a great sounding recipe for Almond Chocolate Chip Ice Cream made from coconut milk. I’ve looked at Trader Joe’s and Earthfare and can’t find any coconut milk that doesn’t have a long list of “not-food-sounding” ingredients listed. Kinda frustrated but I’m planning on checking at our HUGE Farmer’s Market this week.