We love eating Paleo.
One of the harder aspects of eating Paleo is finding appropiate substitutions for all our cooking needs. Something as simple as finding a good (read tasty) replacement for sugar in our morning coffee can easily cause someone (read Tara) to throw their hands up in the air out of frustrations because let’s face it people, we want life to taste good.
Coconut has come to the “rescue” on more than one occasion in the Martin/Dowe household. Unsweetened shredded coconut on fresh fruit is phenomenal. Coconut milk in coffee takes the need for sugar / artificial sweetners not to mention makes a great sauce for all your cooking needs.
The one thing we were slow in trying in our kitchen was coconut oil.
A while back we stumbled upon an opportunity to give The Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil a try. If this little glass of coconutty goodness hadn’t made it to our front steps it might have been quite some time before we discovered how awesome coconut oil is in the kitchen.
We’ve been using it now for a few weeks and must say, it has been working really well (read why didn’t someone tell us sooner). Used mainly as a frying oil for us (as with many paleo eaters) we love that the heating point is much higher than in your traditional olive oils (which can become toxic and burn easily when heated too high). The slight coconut-y taste on sauteed veggies is delicious but not over bearing and once you realize you can fry fruit with coconut oil…well let’s just sum it up with three words: A.MAZE.ING!
We’re just now starting to venture into the world of paleo baking (Meegan is a top notch baker in the traditional sense so there is a lot of excitement over the possibilities). Coconut oil may just become a necessary staple in our household.
The people over at Tropical Traditions have been generous in providing not only an abundance of information for us in the uses of Coconut Oil but also gave the thumbs up in doing a giveaway!
(and we love a good giveaway!)
The giveaway for a quart of your very own Virgin Coconut Oil (32 oz) is open to both US and Canadian residents (which we love since our Canadian friends often get left out on all the goodness of a giveaway). Unfortunately we can’t set up Rafflecopter (we’re hosted by wordpress at the moment) so you’ll have to make each entry a separate comment:
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The giveaway will be open until 12:01 Monday May 7th at which time we will randomly (read we will use random.org) choose one lucky winner (and then we’ll be coming over for dinner cause you’re gonna cook something wonderful for us right?..okay okay maybe not dinner but just promise to cook something wonderful and send us a picture!).
Once a name is chosen we will attempt to be in contact but please make sure to check back here as well so we can get the coconut-y oil goodness out to you asap.
Coconut Fried Pineapple
- Sliced pineapple (ring or halves)
- 1 Tbsp Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil
- Crushed almonds (or homemade almond flour)
- Coconut milk
- Shredded unsweeted coconut.
In skillet heat coconut oil on medium/high heat. Place pineapple in hot skillet and cook on each side for about 2 minutes or until pineapple starts to brown (crystallize). If you want to be cautious about not searing the pineapple too much you can flip it about every minute until desired crispiness.
Once pineapple is cooked to your liking remove from skillet and lightly flour with crushed almonds or almond flour (we always have homemade almond flour made with the magic bullet on hand). Spoon coconut milk over pineapple / almond flour and sprinkle with unsweetened coconut…
~Now that’s good eatin’ folks!
Useful Tropical Traditions links:
- How to Use Coconut Oil
- Buy Coconut Oil: A guide to buying coconut oil online.
- What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided The Healthy Dynamic Duo with a free sample of this product to review, and we were under no obligation to review it if we so chose. Nor were we under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free sample.