Friday, April 8, 2011

"Shake Your Coconuts!"

{Please tell me you've heard of Junior Senior. If not, that's makes me a sad Jes}

You guys. YOU guys. You have to try this. Color Me Vegan by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau has been good to me so far. Several recipes in there have attracted my eye (and stomach). The most recent was Coconut Rice. For reals, I die.

Coconut Rice
adapted from CMV by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, pg.176

1-13.2oz can coconut milk (her recipe calls for Light, but what I had in the cupboard was definitely NOT)
1 1/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups brown basmati rice
large pinch of salt
1 green onion, thinly sliced
(the recipe in CMV called for adding coconut extract and shredded unsweetened coconut flakes. I had the flakes but forgot them. Still tasty.)

Put the coconut milk, water, rice and salt in a medium sauce pan. I was thinking about using my ricecooker (maybe next time). Not sure how that would turn out. Bring mixture to a boil, cover and turn heat to low. Cook for about 35-40 minutes until the rice has sucked up the water. There will be some coco-floaties on the surface of the rice. Stir the rice and add the sliced green onions. Done!

I decided to serve mine with the following:

-a layer of fresh baby spinach
-topped by the coconut rice
-followed by some steamed broccoli, to which I added a touch of sesame oil halfway through steaming
-Spicy Ginger Black Beans (recipe follows)
-Sesame Seeds (not in the picture, added afterwards)

Spicy Ginger Black Beans
my own quick creation when I realized I wanted beans, too

1/2 can cooked black beans
1/2 tsp fresh ginger
healthy squeeze of sriracha
S & P
dash of garlic and onion powders and cumin
1 tsp soy sauce

Lightly mix all ingredients together in a small bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, 30 seconds or until hot. Stir again.

What a good dinner to top off a long day.



  1. Jes that looks so good.So do you like Colour me Vegan?I sure like the one I have now..maybe I need to add another.

  2. Yeah, it's been a great cookbook for me so far. I'm making 2-3 more dishes out of it this week, so we shall see! :)

  3. That looks delicous! Your pictures make me want to make it. Keep it up, girlie :)

  4. Going to try the coconut rice tonight, although with white rice (don't have brown here right now). I can't wait. Mine certainly won't look as pretty as yours but as long as it's tasty, right?

  5. That was "eyes roll back in your head" delicious! I topped mine with Bob's Red Mill Veggie soup mix, not that it needed anything on top though. Adam even loved it. Thank you, thank you and thank you!