Coconut Salads and Side Dish Recipes

Multi-Fruit Tropical Cranberry Sauce with Fermented Option

Multi-Fruit Tropical Cranberry Sauce with Fermented Option
Multi-Fruit Tropical Cranberry Sauce with Fermented Option
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Servings: 50 (2.5 – 3 quarts)
Preparation Time: 45 minutes

  • 3 bags fresh cranberries, rinsed, washed, and inspected
  • 2 oranges, washed, zested, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 3 pears, ripe but not overripe, washed and cored
  • 2 small raw beets, scrubbed, not peeled
  • 5 slices fresh ginger root, or 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • 2 sweet crisp apples (Gala, Fuji, Yellow Delicious, Honeycrisp — not Granny Smith or Red Delicious), washed and cored
  • ¾ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen-and-thawed papaya
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen-and-thawed pineapple
  • 2 cups dried fruit — raisins, dates, prunes, apricots, etc.
  • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 10 cloves, ground, makes about 1 teaspoon
  • ¼ whole nutmeg, grated, makes about ½ teaspoon
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • ¼ cup raw honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons liquid whey, optional

Using a food processor for all steps, first process the cranberries in 2 batches to a fine mince; transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Wash and zest 2 oranges, add zest into the bowl. Then peel, roughly chop, and process the oranges; add to bowl.

Process 3 pears to a chunky sauce; add to mixing bowl; mix immediately to let the orange juice prevent oxidation (browning). Fresh stevia leaves may be processed and added at this step, optional.

Process beets + ginger to fine mince; add to bowl and mix. (If you’re using dried ginger powder, add it directly to the bowl.)

Process 2 apples to fine mince; add to bowl and mix.

Add shredded coconut to bowl; mix. If you have only coconut chips or coconut flakes, grind these in the food processor until they’re small.

Process papaya + pineapple to small chunks/sauce. If both are raw, or both frozen, you can do them together. Otherwise, process fresh/frozen individually.

Process dried fruit to a thick paste. If it’s too thick to process, add back into the processor a quarter-cup of what’s already in the mixing bowl to thin it down.

Add cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg to the bowl. Allspice and cardamom also work well, if preferred.

Stir in molasses; mix well.

Add sweetener of choice, either raw honey or maple syrup, to taste.

Transfer contents of mixing bowl to glass jars and refrigerate.

Serve chilled.

Optional fermentation step:

Add in 2 tablespoons liquid whey. This can be strained from (non-Greek) yogurt, using a cheesecloth. Mix well.

Transfer cranberry sauce to jars. Cap loosely, set on plates or in bowls (in case of any overflow), and leave in a shaded corner of your counter-top for 1-2 days.

The friendly bacteria from the whey will proliferate in the cranberry sauce, pre-digest it slightly, produce lots of additional vitamins, and preserve it from any pathogenic bacteria. Plus, the flavors marry better while it sits.

After a day or two, tighten caps and transfer jars to fridge. Cranberry sauce thus preserved will keep for many months.

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Coconut Oil Fried Zucchini Fries

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Coconut Oil Fried Zucchini Fries
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Servings: 1-2
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

  • 1 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 2 tablespoons corn meal
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • coconut oil (to cover pan to 1/4 inch deep)

Julienne the zucchini. Place milk in a small bowl. In another small bowl mix coconut flour, corn meal, arrowroot powder, salt and black pepper.

In a medium cast iron pan heat coconut oil on medium high.

Dip julienned zucchini a few pieces at a time into milk and then roll in the flours, coating thoroughly. Gently place battered zucchini in the pan with hot oil and brown on all sides. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Best served warm.

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Italian Garlic Green Beans with Coconut Oil

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Italian Garlic Green Beans with Coconut Oil
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 pound green beans, trimmed
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

In a small bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar and honey.

In a large skillet, heat coconut oil. Add in beans, garlic and onion. Sprinkle with salt. Cook for about 10 minutes or until beans are just slightly soft.

Pour honey sauce over beans and let simmer for about 6-8 minutes until just slightly reduced.

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Hawaiian Breakfast Hash

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Hawaiian Breakfast Hash
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

  • 4 slices uncured turkey bacon
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 2 cups pineapple, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

In a large skillet, cook turkey bacon on both sides for about 5-8 minutes each or until crispy and cooked through. Remove bacon from skillet and place on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb any excess grease. Add diced potatoes to skillet with coconut oil. Saute about 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add in pineapple, salt, pepper, chili powder, paprika and cinnamon. Break bacon into pieces and add to skillet. Saute for about 5-8 minutes or until potatoes are slightly crispy. Serve.

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Asparagus Hash

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Asparagus Hash
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Servings: 2
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup vegetables, diced (zucchini, turnips, etc.)
  • 1/2 cup asparagus, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

In a large skillet, melt coconut oil. Add in potatoes, vegetables and asparagus. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, rosemary and oregano. Sauté for about 15 minutes or until vegetables are soft.

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Veggie Tot Patties

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Veggie Tot Patties
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 25 minutes

  • 1 cup broccoli florets, finely chopped
  • 1 cup zucchini, finely shredded
  • 1 cup yellow squash, finely shredded
  • 1 cup cauliflower florets, finely chopped
  • 1 large potato, peeled and finely shredded
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced
  • 1 egg 
  • 1/3 cup almond flour*
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot starch
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 2 tablespoon coconut oil for frying

Almond Flour:

*You can grind your own almond flour by placing whole almonds in a blender/food processor and blending until you get a fine meal.

In a large bowl, combine broccoli florets, zucchini, squash, cauliflower, potato, garlic, egg, flour, salt, pepper and dill. Blend together using a fork.

In a large skillet, heat coconut oil over medium heat.

Form vegetable mixture into little patties and pan fry for about 6-8 minutes on each side or until crispy.

Place cooked patties on a plate lined with a paper towel to drain off any excess oil. Serve with guacamole and sour cream or mayo, if desired.

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Blooming Onion

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Blooming Onion
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Servings: 1
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 red onion
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • pinch rosemary

Cut an onion five times down the middle until you get 1 inch from the bottom of the onion then splash on the balsamic vinegar, coconut oil, salt, pepper and rosemary.

Broil in the oven at 400° F for 15-20 minutes. Serve hot.

Note: Some ovens have broil settings which are adjustable, however if your oven has a predetermined broil temperature then you may place your pan with the onion on the middle rack and monitor carefully until done. (Onion should be soft and translucent but not mushy.)

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Grass-fed Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Grass-fed Sweet and Sour Meatballs
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Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Meatballs:

  • 3 pounds Tropical Traditions grass-fed ground meat (beef, bison)
  • 3/4 cup coconut pulp (leftover from making homemade coconut milk*)
  • 1 large organic carrot, finely shredded (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1 large organic egg
  • 1 tablespoon Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 small onion, very finely minced
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan Pink Salt

For frying meatballs:

Sauce:

Mix all meatball ingredients together in a large bowl with your hands. Form into golfball sized balls. Heat 3 medium pans on medium heat with 1 tablespoons cconut oil and 1 tablespoon palm shortening in each pan. Place 4-6 meatballs in each pan and fry till golden brown, flipping once. Finish cooking meatballs in batches until all are done. Place meatballs in crock or pot once finished cooking.

In a small saucepan combine all sauce ingredients and cook down until it forms a thickened sauce, about 10-15 minutes. Pour over meatballs. Add extra chopped pineapple or chopped green onions, if desired. Cook meatballs in sauce on low for 1 hour.

Serve.

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