Unsweetened Coconut Milk
Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-16-2008 02:04 PM


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Does anyone have any suggestions on using unsweetened coconut milk? I picked up a couple of cans the other day, thinking "hmm, surely I can figure out something to do with these" and I haven't used them yet.

I know I saw some recipes that used the milk, but my computer died and I don't have them now.

So, fellow low-carb recipe wizards, what do you have for me??

Paula


RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-16-2008 02:30 PM


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Here's one recipe I found in Low Carb Connoisseur
http://www.low-carb.com/thcosh.html

I've never used coconut milk , but I would imagine that if you have a creme brulee or custard recipe , that the coconut milk could be used as the substitute for HC or milk . Worth a try !

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-16-2008 03:59 PM


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Thai cuisine often uses coconut milk for their curries and peanut sauces. I believe parts of India use it as well for a base in sauces. Many people use it as a replacement for milk if the have allergies.

~Danielle

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-16-2008 04:23 PM


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I just made this yummy Thai curry the other day:



SANDRA'S CHICKEN WITH PEANUT CURRY SAUCE
2 tablespoons oil
1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breast, cubed *
Salt and pepper, to taste
8 ounces frozen cut green beans, thawed
8 ounces frozen bell pepper strips, thawed
1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum, optional

Sauce:
13.5 ounces coconut milk, 1 can
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon red Thai curry paste
1/3 cup natural peanut butter **
1 tablespoon lime juice
Cilantro for garnish, optional

In a 4-cup measuring cup, whisk together all of the sauce ingredients except the cilantro; set aside.

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Saut

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-16-2008 08:37 PM


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What's the nutrition data on a can of that coconut milk?

Is the consistency similar to regular milk?

How expensive is it?

Ron aka "The Former Donut Junkie"



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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-16-2008 10:33 PM


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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-16-2008 11:12 PM


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So, are you saying it wouldn't make a good LC substitute for milk?

Ron aka "The Former Donut Junkie"



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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-17-2008 11:29 AM


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FormerDonutJunkie Wrote:So, are you saying it wouldn't make a good LC substitute for milk?
I think the carbs might be a bit high to use as a milk substitute. Here are the counts that I use:

13.5 ounces coconut milk (one can): 743 Calories; 74g Fat; 7g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 0g Dietary Fiber

I've seen it at Kroger for around $1.00 per can (Grace brand) but they've got several other brands that are closer to $2.00 per can. The last time I bought it at the Asian grocery, it was .59 to .69 per can.

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-17-2008 03:35 PM


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Linda -

Thanks for adding this recipe. It is my husband's favorite. I'm going to make it tonight with peppers and onions.


In a Thai restaurant the curry is usually close to a soup consistancy - perhaps a bit thicker but, not stew-like.

Thanks again - yummy!

~Danielle

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-18-2008 04:29 PM


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The coconut milke I have is the Thai Kitchen brand "lite coconut milk". The label says 60^ less calories & fat than our regular coconut milk...all natural, no preservatives.

The counts are:
serving size 2fl oz, servings per can, about 7
Fat 4gr
Sat fat 3gr
trans fat 0gr
Cholesteral 0
sodium 0
total carb 1
fiber 0
sugars 1
protein 0

Ingredients, water, coconut milk, guar gum

So I"m not sure how well this would hold up in a recipe?? I'll give Linda's recipe a go. Ron, I want to say it was relatively inexpensive since if it would have been more than say 1.50/can I would not have purchased it. I'm looking at my label & Linda Sue's label and I'm thinking that she's got the better deal.

Paula


RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-18-2008 05:28 PM


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The main thing I was interested in coconut milk for was just to drink or use in a protein shake occasionally. I've been using Almond Milk which has 1g net carb per 8 oz serving. But I thought a little variety might not be bad.

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-18-2008 05:56 PM


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Paula, I think it will work OK in recipes. It appears that the way they cut the fat was to water it down so your sauce might not come out as thick as with regular full-fat coconut milk. At least the water also cut the carbs but you'll only be using about half as much actual coconut milk with that product because it's half water.

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-19-2008 03:58 AM


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Ditto what LindaSue said.

I made this for lunch this afternoon. It was very good and very close to restaurant quality. It was a little more peanuty (if that is a word) than restaurants and that is because peanut butter isn't used in traditional recipes. Traditional Thai food doesn't even have peanut sauce - it's a Western thing. I believe they only use peanuts. In anycase, I used fresh peppers and onion. Next time I will add that toward the end because they weren't as crisp as I prefer them. Also, I will use less peanut butter. Some of mine clumped up anyway. I used the 2 TBS of Curry Paste and thought it was a bit on the mild side but, that is a matter of taste so perhaps start with less and you can always add more - to each, their own - as they say.

It's a keeper and thank you for posting it.

Ron - You could use it as a substitute or incorporate it into your protein shakes without a problem. The full fat coconut milk is a bit thicker than cow's milk. The lite is closer to almond milk consistancy. You now know the carb count which is definately higher than unsweetened almond milk but not dramatically so. They also sell coconut water at health food stores but, I have yet to find it unsweetened. I'm thinking no one would adore the taste of coconut water unsweetened.

~Danielle

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-19-2008 11:34 AM


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Noturningback Wrote:I made this for lunch this afternoon. It was very good and very close to restaurant quality. It was a little more peanuty (if that is a word) than restaurants and that is because peanut butter isn't used in traditional recipes. Traditional Thai food doesn't even have peanut sauce - it's a Western thing. I believe they only use peanuts.
They actually do use peanut sauce. But, they grind their own peanuts to make it. I have a Thai friend who sent me several of her traditional recipes such as these:

Chutatip's Chicken Satay
Chutatip's Cucumber Salad
Chutatip's Peanut Sauce - this is for the chicken satay

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-19-2008 03:25 PM


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Go figure.

I have a few Thai friends who say they only use ground peanuts traditionally and not peanut sauce or peanut butter. They laugh about the whole western peanut sauce thing. Maybe it's a regional thing?

Makes no difference to me. I'll take it either way. I like it all.

I'll have to check out your recipes. I bet they are good.

Thanks for sharing.

~Danielle

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RE: Unsweetened Coconut Milk , 10-19-2008 09:57 PM


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Hi,

I made this with shrimp today and it was fabulous. I am looking forward to leftovers tomorrow.

Val