Coconuts are one of my favorite things ever. When I lived in Hawaii as a kid, I would find them on the beach and spend hours peeling them, poking a hole in the top for the juice and then cracking them open to eat the meat. I'll eat dried coconut by the handful, and coconut water to me is magic unicorn juice.
But those things are all sweet. I like sweet, and branching out beyond that is tough for me. A few weeks ago I decided to make a savory coconut curry, and it's my new favorite dish. It's a coconut-spinach-ginger curry, which sounds like it would be complicated. It's not.
A recipe is almost too much, honestly. It's easy.
What You'll Need:
One can of coconut milk
6-8 diced raw chicken breasts
One bag of frozen spinach, defrosted
Two tablespoons of coconut or olive oil
One tablespoon of fresh diced ginger
4-5 cloves of diced garlic
Red pepper flakes, black pepper and honey to taste*
*How much does it piss you off when recipes say "to taste"? Damn it, I don't read recipes for suggestions! I want facts! For this, just add what you want, really. Like it spicy? One teaspoon of red pepper flakes is good. I still like a little hint of sweetness, so I put in a tablespoon of honey to balance it all out.
What You'll Do:
In a large saucepan, sear the chicken and garlic in the oil. Don't worry about cooking it through, just make sure that the chicken is white on the outside. Then, pour in the coconut milk and add in the ginger, spinach, red pepper, black pepper and honey. Stir, if you feel fancy. Let it simmer for 30 minutes and check to ensure that chicken is cooked thoroughly. Serve over rice. This recipe makes about four hearty servings.
Alright, so there's one problem with this dish. It actually contains no curry spices, and therefore isn't a curry. It tastes like a Thai dish, though, and is so rich and hearty and delicious. I love it. And if you're into eating clean, well, it's clean. If you're into Paleo, it's that too. Maybe skip the rice. Heck, it's gluten free, soy free and dairy free too. I'm surprised there's anything left.
Are you a fan of coconut?
So very much. Want to know something that really isn't Paleo? When you have just a little bit of Nutella in the bottom of the jar, add some shredded dried coconut and some chopped almonds. Stir. Devour with spoon and/or fingers.
Anyone have any good uses for coconut milk?
Sweet recipes, I have aplenty. One great one is to pour a few tablespoons over frozen fruit chunks. So amazing.