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Every Thanksgiving hostess has his or her moments of anxiety. Hell, I've been making holiday dinners and hosting dinner parties for a decade, and I still get a little nervous when it come to roasting the perfect turkey. That combined with kids, houseguests, and having to make an endless supply of side dishes all timed in perfect harmony...it's a lot for one person. Hopefully by the time you've read this post, I will have answered any of your looming questions, but if there is still anything you are concerned about, please leave a comment at the end of the post, and I'll be sure to answer. Pictured above: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
1. What if I overcook the turkey, and the breast meat is dry? Slice it thin and soak it in warm chicken or turkey stock.
2. How do I get the skin beautiful golden brown? Lots of butter! Separate the skin and push butter directly over the meat then spread more butter over the outside of the skin. Also cover just the breast of th…

Creamy Coconut Tropical Fruit Salad


I love to use canned coconut milk for cooking, especially whenever I need to make something dairy-free. I use both the regular coconut milk in a carton as well as the canned coconut milk. Canned coconut milk is perfect for desserts, because you can scoop the creamy layer off the top and just use that in a recipe. While it's great as a fruit salad, this is also a great dessert replacement. If you let it sit in the fridge overnight, the sweetness from the fresh pineapple mixes with the semi-sweet coconut cream, and it's absolutely perfect without any added sugars. It's the perfect go-to if you're craving ice cream. In fact, you could use this same recipe in a popsicle mold for a guilt-free frozen treat. Use what you have on hand. If you don't have mangoes, add in two more bananas instead, or try it with other tropical fruits like papaya.

INGREDIENTS
  • one 14 oz. can unsweetened coconut milk
  • one fresh pineapple
  • two fresh mangos
  • 3 bananas 
  • 1 cup organic unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)


INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Peel and chop the fruit into bite-size pieces.
  2. Add the coconut milk (just the thick cream part off the top. Don't use the liquid in the bottom of the can.) *You may want to buy a few cans just in case. Sometimes during handling, the coconut milk blends together. If it isn't still separated, you won't be able to scoop the cream off the top.
  3. Combine in a medium size bowl, cover and refrigerate at least an hour. (Will thicken.)

Other Recipes Using Canned Coconut Milk

How to Make Dairy-Free Whipped Cream with Coconut Milk

No-Bake Banana Cream Pie in a Jar

Dairy-Free Banana Creme Tart


Comments

  1. Ooooh, this just sounds like a burst of sunshine!

    I get the winter blues and often eat mood foods like pineapple and mango during the winter months. This looks like a great recipe for me to incorporate into my winter menu!

    Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

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