Coconut. What a delicious little gift from nature. I LOVE coconut.
I think it’s because I grew up with fresh coconut. In Ecuador, we could find fresh coconut at any small market, grocery store and fruit stand.
Its funny, sometimes coconut seemed to find us. While vacationing at the beach, you could see natives pushing little carts around jumping from one beach-tent to the next, trying to sell fresh coconuts they had just picked from nearby palm trees. It was wonderful. A buck fifty would get you a massive coconut, with a little hole on top and a straw. You would finish the coconut’s water and then the same vendor would grab his “hacha” (axe) and cut off the coconut’s skin, which would then allow you to indulge on the coconut meat. Fresh coconut meat is easily one of my favorite treats. I like coconut water…but not as much as coconut meat.
I remember a long time ago, about six years ago, a friend and I were tanning at her balcony. We got super thirsty and hungry (we probably were out there for three hours, not even kidding), so she went into her house and found us a fresh skinless coconut. We were so excited to find this yummy “appetizer”, seeing that lunch was not for another hour.
We ate THE.WHOLE.ENTIRE.THING. We couldn’t stop. It was so good and we were so hungry. By the time we had just a couple bites left of the coconut, we looked at each other and we both had the exact same thought…’uh-oh’. Our bellies were aching…we had consumed way too many healthy fats! My mother’s favorite quote ‘everything in moderation’, came to mind immediately. Even though we couldn’t even think of eating lunch at that point, or anything else for that matter, we both kept our love for coconut.
It is very hard for me to find fresh coconut in Idaho, so what I do is buy organic coconut flakes and organic unsweetened shredded coconut. I will just add those little guys on to anything…to my Paleo ice cream, waffle, coconut yogurt, trail mix…even to my chicken patty mix. Everything turns out so coconut-y and yummy.
Here is a fun coconut-filled recipe just for you!
- 2 lb ground chicken
- 2 egg yolks
- ½ cup Paleo almond flour
- ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 tsp onion powder
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- ½ tsp sea salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- 3 tbsp coconut oil, for frying
- Combine all ingredients, except oil, in a mixing bowl and form 8 patties.
- To cook patties, place a skillet over medium heat and add 1.5 tbsp of coconut oil. Cook 4 patties at a time for a total of 10-12 minutes, flipping half way and covering the skillet with a lid. You want the patties to be crispy brown, but not burnt. Transfer patties to a large plate lined with a paper towel, so that the paper towel can absorb any excess oil.
- Repeat step 3 with remaining patties.
- Serve right away with preferred side dish.
- Skillet with cover
- Mixing bowl
- Paper towels
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Serving Plate