By Isadora Baum
Coconut milk is a pretty underrated ingredient, but it should definitely be used more often, as it lends a silky texture and fat to boost satiety. You can whip up eggs for breakfast or use it in a creamy soup or stew. Whether you go with full-fat or not, you will still get that nutty, sweet flavor and a thicker consistency than you’d get with many other milks. Here are 7 delicious recipes that use coconut milk for its indulgent flavor and richness.
A great Instant Pot meal, this egg casserole uses full-fat coconut milk to give the eggs a rich and creamy texture. Add in any veggies you like and nitrate-free bacon, which will increase protein and fiber to keep you fuller longer. It is Whole30 and paleo approved, so it’s low in sugar and carbs and free of grains. You can add cheesy flavor with nutritional yeast, which is a good source of B vitamins and protein, too.
This Thai soup uses turkey for protein (there are 14 grams in a bowl) and full-fat coconut milk to complement the aromatic Thai flavors of the dish, as well as to lend a silky texture. The best part? It’s a 30-minute meal, so you can throw it together and get it on the table fast. And since it’s soup, make a large batch at once to then save and enjoy throughout the week. Want to make this spicier? Add grated ginger, sriracha, or chili paste.
This creamy chicken dish will stick to your bones on a chillier evening, since it has richness from the full-fat coconut milk and ghee. Ghee is a good dairy-free substitute for butter. This dish is a lovely Italian night staple that is actually Whole30 and paleo friendly, so it’s free of sugar and can accommodate more restrictive diets. And it’s also a 30-minute meal to add to your repertoire.
A great Instant Pot meal, this lamb curry has a whopping 25 grams of protein to fill you up and can be served over cauliflower rice to keep carbs down. The spices, like turmeric and garam masala, are anti-inflammatory, so they’ll protect your heart and lower risk of disease, while also giving you that spicy kick too. Cut down on time by prepping beforehand, which takes longer than the time to actually cook in the Instant Pot.
Made with beta-carotene packed pumpkin, this curry has a rich source of heart-healthy antioxidants, and there’s some great satiating fiber from chickpeas and cauliflower rice, too. Use a light coconut milk to give it a creamy texture without going overboard with a full-fat variety. A tip? Add cashews on top for some crunch and healthy fats.
Popsicles can be high in sugar and lack in nutrition, but these are actually pretty good for you. These creamy popsicles are refreshing and packed with citrus, from the lime, but also some filling fats from the coconut to help you squash that sugar craving with just one pop. And there’s a bit of honey, which offers antioxidants to better your heart, and acts as a healthier sweetener.
Paleo, Whole30 approved, and keto, this low-carb but high-protein and high-fat meal also happens to be a 30-minute meal. The full-fat coconut milk makes the dish dense and it complements the aromatic Thai flavors. Ginger and cilantro help enhance the flavor, as well as provide antioxidants to lower inflammation and boost immunity.
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