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Wednesday
Dec012010

crushing on coconut oil

Have you eaten a graham cracker today?

I have.

At least 6 of them.  Basically every time I go in the kitchen, I eat one.  They’re crunchy, not too sweet, and totally addicting.

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After a hard swim, this was the perfect snack! 

  • 100m warm up
  • 500m freestyle
  • 250m aqua jogging
  • 500m breaststroke
  • 250 aqua jogging
  • 500m freestyle
  • 50m cool down

= 1.36 miles in 1hr 3min

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To round out my hat trick from yesterday, here is goal #3.

It may not look like anything spectacular.  It really doesn’t look like much more than a glob of orange muck.

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However it is the most delicious muck you will ever eat and it couldn’t be easier to make.

Coconut Curry Mashed Sweet Potatoes [serves 1]

  • 1 medium sweet potato [~3/4lb]
  • 1t curry powder
  • ~1/8t salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2-1T coconut oil [unrefined]
  • 1/4c milk of choice
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400*
  2. Wash the sweet tater + prick with a fork multiple times.
  3. Bake for 45min – 1hr, until soft throughout.
  4. In a bowl, toss in potato + all ingredients.  With an immersion blender, hand mixer, in a Vita Mix or food processor, process until creamy + smooth.  Add more milk if needed.

When I took the first spoonful, my eyes opened wide with excitement.  A definite winner.

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And then today….there were brussel sprouts.

The best brussel sprouts ever!  I’ve perfected my pan sautéing method for these little green balls of deliciousness.  I even prefer this method to oven roasted!  You might think I’m crazy when I tell you what these were flavored with, but just trust me.  Do I ever lead you astray?

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My Favorite Brussel Sprouts [serves 1]

  • ~10 sprouts, washed + halved
  • 1T coconut oil [unrefined]
  • pinch of salt
  • splash of balsamic vinegar [optional]
  1. Over medium-low heat, add coconut oil to a sauté pan.
  2. Once hot, add sprouts, cut side down.
  3. Let sit for ~8min, until nice + crispy.
  4. Flip once and let brown for another ~8min.
  5. Toss a few times and let cook for another minute. 
  6. Add splash of balsamic [~1/2T], for a little sweetness, if desired.

I love how my stainless steel pots + pans brown things like this.  They’re really not as hard to clean as you’d think, either! 

But back to the sprouts….coconut oil + sprouts? 

The coconut flavor mellowed out and ended up pairing extremely well with the sprouts.  My favorite part are the little layers that fall off and get super crispy.  Cooking the sprouts over med-low heat, allows them to reach a delicious soft, but slightly crunchy, texture.  I’m not sure I will ever cook these any other way.

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Amidst a slew of errands today, I decided to pop in JoAnn Fabrics.  I wanted to see if they had some cheap fabric, as an alternative to buying new kitchen towels to use in photos.

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Ashley had the same idea a few weeks ago and it proved to be SO much cheaper!!  I bought 5 different patterns, 1/2yd in size, for $8.50 TOTAL.  Typically you can barely get 1 towel or placemat for that price.

Score!

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For some reason I’ve been extremely exhausted all day.  I slept a peaceful 7hrs last night, so I’m not sure what it is.  During my swim I felt okay but also a bit tired.  In the late afternoon/early evening I started to get dizzy out of nowhere too.  I was definitely hydrated, had enough to eat, and made sure to eat another 2 graham crackers to make sure I wasn’t low on sugar.  Nothing helped!  Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be back to normal. 

Night!

<3 Ashley

Reader Comments (69)

yes, i have eaten a graham cracker today... 4 in fact :)

tj's cinnamon grahams + flax almond butter + cacao nibs - YUM!

I have eaten graham crackers today, actually. I've eaten a LOT! Gingerbread flavored ones :)

I love the fabric idea....I just bought 3 dish towels for $1.99 each. Not too bad but fabric is probably cheaper still.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllie (Live Laugh Eat)

considering i sew quite a bit to begin with, I was really excited when I realized that fabric could make great props! Plus, you can get 'em in a lot larger pieces than your average towel...yet not as bulky as messing with an entire tablecloth...Chocolate/banana oats yesterday morning...grahams must happen today! (along with many, many christmas cookies ;) )
love,
cathy b. @ brightbakes

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBright Bakes

Well, it looks like I'm the only one who hasn't eaten graham crackers! They're on my shopping list now! I like the idea of making your own kitchen towels or placemats. You can really get creative!

Love your fabric finds. AND we're planning to make some mashed purple potatoes with coconut milk this weekend. Great minds, Ashley. GREAT MINDS!!! <3

I SO prefer the pan-fry to roasting when it comes to brussels. I will need to try with coconut oil!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

I've never thought to pan fry my brussels but this is such an excellent idea. I love the coconut oil use in the them too.

Feel better hun. Hopefully it is nothing at all. ;)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

Those look like the most perfectly mashed sweet potatoes ever.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterstacey-healthylife

I would sprinkled coconut on everything if the Husband didn't hate it. Luckily he hates sweet potatoes and brussels sprouts too - score one for me!! :)

I love the looks of your mashed sweet potatoes. And brilliant move on the fabrics! They are so cute! :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLindsay @ Pinch of Yum

Every time I see the pictures of the graham crackers I want to make them and eat them! I wonder if I could somehow incorporate that into my holiday gifts as a not-too-sweet treat? Hmmm...

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered Commentergrocery goddess jen

I'll have to try those sweet potatoes. They sound great.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLee

Ooh I will definitely try your brussel sprouts idea! I love those little bunches of cabbagey deliciousness! And I love trying new ways to cook things! Thanks!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJulie @ Honey B. Nutrition

No I haven't eaten a graham cracker today but I wish I have! I must make your chocolate grahams soon :) What a great idea on getting fabric, it is probably a lot cheaper. I hope your headache goes away!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaddie (Healthy Maddie)

Those sweet potatoes sound great. I love savory sweet potatoes if that makes sense. I need to remember to add curry next time I cook some up.

Cute new fabrics! I need to check out Joanns for some good deals, what a stellar idea.

Your swim for over an hour sounds amazing. You definitely rocked it.

I prefer my brussels pan seared over oven roasted too, but that's how I first fell in love with brussels so I'm biased.

Mmm, I looove coconut oil. And what a great idea to grab fabrics instead of towels!

xo

Oh my, I'm going to have to try out that brussle sprout recipe. I love love, love, brussel sprouts and have been trying to get my boyfriend to give them a chance. This might be the recipe to do so! Hah, I also may have to make those graham crackers. :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly

All of these items look soo good; I can't decide which one to try first!!!

ps: I love your graham cracker post!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I've never tried making brussel sprouts in a pan. Could they really be better than roasted?!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterEvan Thomas

The fabric idea is a great one! I have never thought of that! I guess I will have to make a trip to JoAnn's :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

I'm scared to make the chocolate graham crackers because I don't think I'll have self control. I devoured the regular version. And these sound even better.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTeri [a foodie stays fit]

what a great idea to buy those fabrics...and so much cheaper! i was looking at towels at target yesterday and anything with a pattern was $10!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

Unfortunately I haven't had a graham cracker in a while. :( I usually pan fry my brussels sprouts but mine have never looked that good!

What a great idea with the fabric! I buy fabric from JoAnns for the photoshoots I do with my baby, but I never even thought about doing it in place of towels or placemats!

I'd try those sweet potatoes with a little but of coconut milk. I find that coconut oil doesn't have the delicious coconutty taste

Glad you discovered the magic that is coconut oil with brussel sprouts! I never roast mine with any other oil...the coconut oil is just too good. Also, coconut, brussels, and sweet potatoes are my three fave foods, so this is my kind of post! :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHayley

Oh noo hope you are feeling better today! I get like that sometimes.. when it is prolonged then I see if my diet is lacking any essential vitamins, but hopefully it was just a one day thing. I have left over plain sweet potatoes in my fridge, I think I'll be giving your recipe a try!

Those sweet potatoes sound yummy! I might try using coconut milk for it :)

I hope you feel better soon. You couldn't be pregnant, could you? Because that sounds awfully familiar ;)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I saw that same coconut oil/sprouts idea on Chocolate Covered Katie's blog the other day... seeing it again makes it a must try! :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristin@purplebirdblog

Hope you're feeling better! I felt light headed out of nowhere on Friday night and it really freaked me out. Hmmmmm.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

I feel much better so far today! Who knows...that happens to me from time to time.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Awesome...I've been out of coconut oil for far too long, so since I bought it again, I've been using it on everything!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

hahahaa No!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yeah, I know what you mean. I think I was just really tired for some reason. Feeling better today! Thanks!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I'm thinking carrots + coconut oil will be a match made in heaven!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I do love the creaminess of coconut milk, which would be awesome to use for the milk part. Are you using unrefined coconut oil? I always think it has a very rich coconut flavor, much more so than coconut milk. I bought refined coconut oil once and there was no flavor at all! Using the oil + milk together would be the perfect combo. :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Do you have nonstick pans? The stainless are awesome for browning!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I hear ya!! :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

When I eat them, I don't feel like I'm eating something as indulgent as a cookie...so I eat more, hehe. I want to try to make mini grahams cutting them super small. Grabbing a handful would totally satisfy my craving for chocolate + crunch!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Let me know if you try it!! I think so and it takes less than half the time!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Sarah!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Boys ;)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks Heather!! I am really loving swimming and can't believe I've been at it for about 9 months now! Never thought that would happen.

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I totally know what you mean. Once in awhile they're good sprinkled with brown sugar and butter, but typically I like the savory combo b/c they're already so sweet to begin with!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I think that is a great idea!! I might do the same. A little package of grahams + homemade nut butter....or grahams + chocolate bar + marshmallows. Totally a wintery gift!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I just ate them again and while cooking I was like....I don't think I'm in the mood for chocolate for breakfast....but then they wow'd me again!! They just look so rich and heavy, but really are not! yummmm :)

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

TJ's grahams always looks SO GOOD!

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I am totally digging your new fabric!! Can't wait to see what magical pictures you create with them :)

I've been feeling a bit 'slow' and dizzy too - maybe it's a seasonal thing?

December 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterNienke at Revel

Coconut+curry is one of my favorite flavor combos. YUM. Using coconut oil w/ the brussel sprouts doesn't sound weird to me because I use coconut oil in probably 85% of my cooking!

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