Rice Cooker Coconut Rice

Sides | March 14, 2016 | By

I swear, I could eat this coconut rice as an entire meal! It’s that freakin’ good! The flavors are outstanding, especially with the addition of the coconut flakes. And the lemongrass is just subtle enough. Serve it on the side with your favorite protein dish, like ANYTHING! It’s so easy to make with a rice cooker, but you can also prepare this as you would any rice on the stovetop. Yum, yum, and YUM!

Rice Cooker Coconut Rice
 
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Serving Size: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 cups jasmine white rice
  • 2½ cups good-quality coconut milk
  • 1½ cups coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, cut into two-inch pieces
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Top with toasted coconut flakes for garnish if desired.
Instructions
  1. Place rice, coconut milk, coconut water, salt, and pieces of lemongrass in a rice cooker. Cover tightly with lid and let cook until the liquid has been absorbed by the rice and cooker turns off. Add in coconut flakes and stir. Cover and let sit on warm setting for 10-15 minutes. When ready to serve, discard lemongrass sticks and fluff rice with a fork. Garnish with more toasted coconut.
  2. To Toast Coconut: Place 3 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut in a frying pan over medium-high heat and "dry fry" until light golden brown.
Notes
Brown rice will not work for this recipe. Plain water can be substituted for coconut water.

Thai Steamed Mussels

Thai Steamed Mussels

I recently went to this incredible seafood restaurant in New York City called “Flex Mussels.” On their menu they feature 23 different mussels preparations. The Thai Steamed Mussels were my favorite and I had to recreate it when I returned home! I also had a little help from my Staten Island friend, Carolyn, who shared her version of Thai mussels with me. I know most people are accustomed to the Italian preparation (which I also love), but this Asian-inspired mussels recipe is absolutely worth trying. I promise! Make sure to have a side of crusty bread for dipping in the yummy sauce!

Thai Steamed Mussels
 
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Serving Size: 6
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil
  • 3 large shallots, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 cups chopped leeks (whites only)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, finely chopped (soft white bulb only)
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Zest from one lime
  • 1 13-oz. can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3 cups dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons green curry paste
  • 6 pounds fresh mussels
  • Chopped fresh cilantro to garnish
Instructions
  1. Clean, scrub, and de-beard mussels. Discard any open mussels. Heat coconut oil in a heavy sauce pan, Dutch oven, or wok. Add shallots, garlic, leeks, and lemongrass and sauté 3 minutes, until fragrant. Stir in red pepper flakes and lime zest. Add in coconut milk, fish sauce, white wine, and curry paste. Stir well and bring to a boil. Add mussels, reduce heat to a simmer and cover for 8 to 10 minutes until mussels are open. Sprinkle with cilantro to garnish. Serve with crusty bread for dipping.
  2. Adapted from: Carolyn Decorato