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Lemon Basil Vinaigrette

July 11, 2016



-2 Handfuls of fresh basil

-1-2 cloves of garlic

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-4 Tablespoons of olive oil

-4 Tablespoons of fresh squeezed lemon

-2 Tablespoons of water

-1-2 Tablespoons coconut aminos (you could substitute with honey), optional

-2 Tablespoons of whole, plain yogurt, optional

Throw everything in the blender & viola!

I’ve been trying to incorporate more herbs into our food. This is a nice dressing for a summer salad and the basil isn’t too overpowering. If you really like savory, leave out the coconut aminos/honey. If you like your dressing creamy, use the yogurt. It tastes great with or without the yogurt. I didn’t measure everything exactly, so, you might want to play with the amounts.

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Making Coconut Milk From Shredded Coconut

March 9, 2016

shredded coconut & coconut milk

Making coconut milk from shredded coconut is pretty simple. The longest part is waiting for your water to cool so you can put it in the blender. I just start it when I’ll be doing other things in the kitchen. It’s more economical than buying the boxes of coconut milk. Making your own also alleviates the concern of added ingredients like carrageenan or anything else. If you have a Trader Joe’s close to you, you can get a bag of organic shredded coconut for $1.99 right now. Target also has organic shredded coconut for a good price. Here are the steps:

  1. Bring 2 and a half cups of water to an almost boil.
  2. Add 2 cups of shredded coconut.
  3. Let cool and dump into the blender. Blend for about 30 seconds or so.
  4. Dump into a nut bag(in picture below) or something similar and squeeze out all the water/coconut milk back into your pot and then into the container you want to store it in.
    nut bag
  5. Repeat the steps 1 through 4 again with the same shreds you already used.

I will then freeze the shreds, after I have used them the two times to make my milk, for smoothies. I save a lot of glass jars that we buy from applesauce, pickles, etc. to use for things like my coconut milk, freezing beans, smoothies for the kids, etc. Sometimes the coconut milk will have small parts that solidify in the fridge. Those are super yummy to eat. My daughter and I love to eat them. I mostly use coconut milk for my hot tea and when the hot tea mixes with the milk, it melts wonderfully. I think it taste better than any coconut milk that I’ve tasted from a box and t’s a little creamier. Yum!

Im very happy with the size and usability of my nut bag. I bought it here:

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