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Attention Coconut Cream Lovers: 15 Dishes You’ll Love

Attention Coconut Cream Lovers: 15 Dishes You’ll Love

Coconut milk, or coconut cream, adds texture and flavor to each dish it is added to. The rich flavor and creaminess of coconut milk comes from the high oil content — a large component of the milk is saturated fat. This fat is one of the healthy fats that should be part of your diet.

Here are my top 15 dishes I know all coconut devotees will love. They are great recipes that anyone who is new to the world of coconut milk will also enjoy.

1. Fresh Tuna in Coconut Curry Sauce in 30 Minutes

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    This is a great way to shake up a tuna steak. Potato sides and broccoli florets are added for carbs and color.

    2. Mild Chicken Curry

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      This mild curry is a great way to introduce children to the world of curries.

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      3. Grilled Turmeric and Lemongrass Chicken Wings

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        Make sure to make up a big batch of these as they are sure to be a hit with the whole family. They are also delicious and great as leftovers the following day.

        4. Banana Cake With Chia Seeds & Coconut Milk

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          Now this is something different. It’s great treat if you are trying to decrease any sugar cravings with just 1/3 cup of honey for sweetness.

          5. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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            This breakfast porridge could be the perfect stand in for traditional oatmeal, while still being free of grains, dairy, nuts, and seeds. It’s warm, comforting, and creamy, and the texture is spot-on.

            6. Chocolate Cherry Milkshakes

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              Naturally sweetened with maple syrup, there’s a hint of cocoa powder and vanilla. These taste as divine as they look! Trust me!

              7. Blackberry Avocado Jam Smoothie Bowl

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                Don’t be overwhelmed by a number of toppings. Feel free to just have one or two on your smoothie bowl.

                8. Chocolate Milk Chocolate Pudding

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                  The title is a bit of a tongue twister, but it sure is a chocoholic’s delight. You can substitute potato starch with corn flour if you are unable to source potato starch.

                  9. Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

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                    Cauliflower is the latest vegetable to be brought out of the “granny box” and be re-invented, and this recipe does just that. The great thing about this recipe is that it takes very little time to put together. You simply cook down the onions and garlic with cauliflower, broth, and warm spices, and you’re ready your favorite toppings, such as parsley and toasty cashews.

                    10. Goan Coconut Cake (Baath)

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                      A hint of rosewater adds sweet, floral aroma to this moist, dense semolina cake, packed with not one, but four types of coconut.

                      11. Vegan Kale and White Bean Korma

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                        This dish is everything you want it to be: hearty, warming, flavorful, and healthy without feeling too virtuous.

                        12. Savory Bacon and Potato Pancakes

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                          These pancakes are a marriage of potatoes and bacon and eggs. These pancakes have no added flour in them — in any form. Just mashed up potatoes, coconut milk, eggs, chives, bacon, and a pinch of salt. You can serve this one up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

                          13. Seared Salmon Pasta With Coconut Milk Chili Sauce

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                            This is an Asian-inspired pasta dish that’s a changeup from Italian flavors. This is good news for those of you who cannot tolerate cheese; there is no cheese in this recipe, and this dish is still super satisfying and made slightly creamy with coconut milk.

                            14. Coconut Rice Custard

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                              This might be a great way of using up any leftover rice! Twenty-five minute of prep time are needed, but be ready for the one hour slow-cooking time in the oven. It is well worth the wait though.

                              15. Simple Coconut Milk Fish Curry

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                                Served with jasmine rice and steamed greens, this is a quick and easy meal you can make in just 30 minutes.

                                Featured photo credit: Coconut Juice Facts by John Revo Puno via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on November 5, 2019

                                How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                                How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                                Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

                                “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

                                But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

                                Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

                                1. Always Have a Book

                                It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

                                Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

                                2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

                                We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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                                Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

                                3. Get More Intellectual Friends

                                Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

                                Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

                                4. Guided Thinking

                                Albert Einstein once said,

                                “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

                                Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

                                5. Put it Into Practice

                                Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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                                If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

                                In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

                                6. Teach Others

                                You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

                                Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

                                7. Clean Your Input

                                Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

                                I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

                                Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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                                8. Learn in Groups

                                Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

                                Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

                                9. Unlearn Assumptions

                                You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

                                Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

                                Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

                                10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

                                Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

                                Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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                                11. Start a Project

                                Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

                                If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

                                12. Follow Your Intuition

                                Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

                                Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

                                13. The Morning Fifteen

                                Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

                                If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

                                14. Reap the Rewards

                                Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

                                15. Make Learning a Priority

                                Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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