Salvere Recipe: Coconut Rice

This week, our recipe was a nice, accidental discovery! As someone who would say they don’t like coconut, trust me on this one. The new truth to that statement, it seems I prefer coconut in savory type dishes but not sweet ones.  Now, coconut comes up in quite a bit of recipes these days — coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut water, coconut sugar, coconut chips. That being said, lets investigate a little further some of these ingredients. Just because something provides a health benefit, be aware of using it in everything.

coconut milk

— Coconut milk: You find this two ways.  First, in a can usually in the international section of the grocery store in lite and regular versions. Second, in a carton to use as you would milk in cereal or creamer for your coffee. Pay attention to what your recipe calls for. The second often contains sugar and you probably don’t want to use it in savory dishes.

— Coconut oil: Again, this comes in refined and unrefined forms. The refined oil can withstand a higher heat so it works better if you want to saute and it tastes less like coconut. Since it’s been refined, it also contains fewer of the health benefits of unrefined oil. If you want the taste of coconut and do not need to heat it to a high temperature, use the unrefined.

We will stick to these two and expand on the rest in a future recipe blog!  Stay tuned.  Now on to the recipe!

Coconut Rice

2 TBSP oil (coconut, olive, flavored)

4 green onions, sliced

1/2 – 1 jalapeno, diced (depending on how much you like heat!)

2 tsp garlic, diced (fresh or from a jar)

2 tsp fresh grated ginger

Heat sauce pan over medium. Add oil. Saute above ingredients in the oil then add:

1 can of full fat coconut milk (use the can!) + enough chicken broth to make 2 cups liquid

and bring it to a boil.  Once the liquid boils add:

1 cup brown rice (I used Jasmine Rice from Trader Joes)

Reduce heat to low and cover.  Cook for 40 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

Serve with black beans for a vegetarian meal or serve with last weeks pork with peach and rosemary sauce. Let us know any other ideas you come up with!

by Lisa Martin, owner and personal trainer at Salvere Health and Fitness. If you’d like to contact Lisa, email her at or call her at (410) 707-0055.

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