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Pretty sure I could live on all things coconut for the rest of my life. I add coconut milk (from the can; it’s way better) to my morning espresso, sprinkle unsweetened flakes on kale salad and eat gluten-free coconut macaroons from the co-op by the dozen.

And, my new favorite: coconut rice. Yeah, yeah, it’s rice, and most of the time I use white basmati rice (gasp!). But, given that I’m training for Ironman Canada a lot, I can use a few carbs in my life.

The subtle and slightly sweet coconut flavor is a nice complement to roasted veggies, curry, chicken, turkey, kale, and on and on. Also tasty with…

  • Pacific creamy tomato soup. Throw in the rice, some avocado, sweet potato and sprinkle with parm, and you have a delicious – and super simple – dinner. It’s been my go-to for the past month.
  • Fresh roasted veggies. My fave: sweet potatoes sauteed in coconut oil. Equally delicious with roasted broccoli and cauliflower.
  • Dave’s Gourmet butternut squash sauce + ground turkey. We just make this combo last Sunday, and it’s fantastic.
  • Sautéed kale, sweet potato and rogan josh sprinkled ground turkey. Yum.
  • Freshly grated ginger. It adds a nice zing!



  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk (from the can! Currently loving Native Forest brand)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup rice
  • 2 tsp chicken bullion (optional)


All all ingredients to a pot and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium (so it doesn’t boil over) and cover. Stirring occasionally, cook until all water is reduced.

Makes, hmm, a lot. This batch usually lasts use three meals between me and Nick, so six servings.

Be sure to turn the heat down to medium. I forgot and turned my back for a few seconds, and coconut milk boiled over everywhere!



12 Comments Post a comment
  1. Mmmm, sounds good! I love Japanese rice myself, it’s what I grew up with! Jasmine rice is also delicious too. I wonder, could you make rice pudding with coconut milk and dried fruit?

    I like how you formatted the post title with the theme then | Just saying 🙂

    March 7, 2013
    • Hmm… I hadn’t thought of that! Definitely let me know if you try it for rice pudding! And, I’m gonna add jasmine rice to my mix 🙂

      Thank you!

      March 14, 2013
  2. I am new to liking coconut and using coconut milk in my recipes. I bet coconut rice is creamy and rich! Keep sharing your recipes!

    March 7, 2013
    • It is, and it’s delicious! I have a few more coming soon 🙂

      March 14, 2013
  3. caityworksout #

    Wow, that sounds really good, I will definitely have to try some. Basmati is the best! I made a shake the other day with fruit & coconut milk instead of water, plus unsweetened shredded coconut on top and it was pretty amazing.

    March 9, 2013
    • That sounds tropically delicious! A friend of mine just tweeted she adds a dollop of coconut oil to her smoothies for some healthy fats and coconut-y flavor 🙂

      March 14, 2013

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