Coconut Side Dish Recipes

Medjool Dates + Peanuts and Cabbage Salad with Citrus Dressing

Medjool Dates Peanuts and Cabbage Salad with Citrus Dressing
Medjool Dates + Peanuts and Cabbage Salad with Citrus Dressing
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Servings: Approx. 8 (serving sizes may vary)
Preparation Time: 20-25 minutes

  • 1 head purple cabbage, finely sliced
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 head cilantro (about 3/4 cup), chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar with mother
  • 1/2 cup peanuts, chopped
  • 16 Medjool dates, chopped
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon honey, melted
  • salt to taste

In a large mixing bowl combine all ingredients, except coconut oil and honey, stir well.

In a small saucepan melt the coconut oil and honey. Pour over the salad and mix well.

Enjoy this as a light lunch or serve as a side with a larger meal. This tangy salad pairs well as a side to go with grilled meats.

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Basil Mushroom Grass-fed Ground Beef Meatballs

Basil Mushroom Grass-fed Ground Beef Meatballs
Basil Mushroom Grass-fed Ground Beef Meatballs
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Servings: about 15 meatballs
Preparation Time: about 30 minutes

  • 1 pound grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, chopped finely
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press
  • small handful fresh basil, minced finely (about 1 tablespoon minced)
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Mix all ingredients together, except coconut oil. Form into meatballs.

Heat skillet and add coconut oil. Brown meatballs in coconut oil on medium-high heat.

Place browned meatballs in baking dish. Bake at 425° F for about 15 minutes, or until done.

Enjoy plain or serve with your favorite red sauce.

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Spiced Sweet Potato Spirals

Spiced Sweet Potato Spirals
Spiced Sweet Potato Spirals
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 3-4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and spiral cut
  • 1 small red onion, sliced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin

Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet. Add in sweet potato spirals, onion, and garlic. Add in all of the seasonings and stir well.

Cook over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes or until soft, tossing a few times during cooking.

Serve hot.

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Butternut Squash Hash Browns

Butternut Squash Hash Browns
Butternut Squash Hash Browns
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Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Preheat oven to 350 ° F.

Melt coconut oil and butter. Reserve two tablespoons of the melted butter/coconut oil.

Mix the rest of the oil mixture and all remaining ingredients with the shredded butternut squash. Form into patties and place on a baking sheet (makes about 16 patties).

Brush with reserved butter/coconut oil and bake in heated oven for 45 minutes – 1 hour.

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Gluten Free Coconut Curry Turkey Meatballs

Gluten Free Coconut Curry Turkey Meatballs
Gluten Free Coconut Curry Turkey Meatballs
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

In a large bowl, combine ground turkey, almond flour, coconut flour and egg. Mix until well blended and form into 1″ meatballs.

Place meatballs on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Bake at 375° F for about 20 minutes or until cooked through.

Meanwhile, heat coconut oil in a large skillet. Add garlic and onions and sauté until soft. Add in coconut milk, curry, salt and pepper. Cook over low-medium heat for about 10 minutes. Add meatballs to curry sauce and top with cilantro.

Homemade Coconut Milk:

*For the freshest coconut milk make homemade coconut milk. (See video at this link.)

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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 Cashew Rice

Coconut Cashew Rice
Coconut Cashew Rice
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Servings: 2
Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cook rice with a little salt and coconut oil. Set aside.

On medium-low heat toast cashews until golden brown and set aside.

Next, on medium-low heat toast paneer and set aside.

In a non-stick pan, add coconut oil. Once oil is hot, add shredded coconut and toast for 1-2 minutes. Then add salt, sugar and chili powder. Add the cooked rice to the mixture and stir. Top with toasted cashews and paneer.

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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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