Thai Basil Beef with Coconut Rice

The other day I went to make the rice part of this recipe and was so sad when I realized I couldn’t find my copy of the recipe. Luckily I tracked it down, and made it differently this time. The first time, I followed the recipe exactly but then the second time I decided to try doubling the rice and keeping the coconut milk the same. It was still creamy and a nice coconut flavor, but allowed us to have more of the rice since that was our favorite part. The beef is also good, don’t get me wrong, but cooking the rice with coconut milk was aaaaaaamazing.

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Chicken and Coconut Soup with Mushrooms

K has requested soup, but he never has ideas for what soup he wants. So, I had most of the ingredients for this soup, and I made a few additions based on what I thought would taste good. It came together really easily, especially because I had the chopping done ahead of time.

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Toasted Coconut Ice Cream

For our friend Lisa’s birthday, K and I decided to have a personalized ice cream for her. She loves coconut, so I decided to make a straight coconut ice cream. I thought about adding some chocolate chips (white or semi-sweet chocolate), but ultimately decided to keep it simple. If she wants it next time, I can do that. This recipe has loads of coconut flavor. If you are not a big fan, I wouldn’t bother with this recipe. It starts with a vanilla base, but I use some coconut milk to help get the flavor started. Then, steeping coconut in it really brings the flavor home.

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Coconut Milk Poached Fish

K and I just discovered the nice fish our Whole Foods has to offer. I wanted to have some sort of fish dish since it is Lent and that means Fish Fridays for this Catholic girl! I am sharing this not on a Friday, but it allows you time to pick up some fish for this Friday, if you wish to have some fish fun. We previously have made a version of this dish with shrimp and I felt that fish would work well, too. You can really use any quick-cooking fish that is easy to saute in a skillet. If you decide to use shrimp, add it at the end and do not partially cook it at the beginning like I do with the fish. This dish does not need to be spicy, but feel free to go nuts with your choice of spicy seasoning if you love it. Likewise, you can substitute a different quick-cooking green for the spinach (think Swiss Chard, lettuce, etc.).

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Don’t leave out the cilantro, though.

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We are huge fans of cilantro in this house!

 

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