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Cinnamon Coconut Stir Fry

by Meghann on April 13, 2010

Cinnamon Coconut Stir Fry?

Yep! You heard that right! And it was good too. :)

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I had about a cup of left over coconut milk from last night’s Coconut Red Lentil Soup and had this crazy idea to make coconut rice which turned into an excellent Cinnamon Coconut Stir Fry concoction of sorts. ;)

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Cinnamon Coconut Stir Fry

Makes 2 Servings

  • 1/2 cup short grain brown rice
  • 1 cup light coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil (divided)
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 yellow squash
  • Asparagus
  • Mushrooms
  • 1/3 block of tempeh
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • salt & pepper

Start by bringing the coconut milk, rice, shredded coconut, and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil to a boil and then to a simmer for 45 minutes on the stovetop.

While that is simmering chop all the veggies and began to saute with the coconut oil and seasonings.

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Add the coconut rice to the veggies.

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Serve with dried cranberries or raisins.

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Enjoy!

I think the cinnamon seriously made this dish. It really enhanced the coconut rice and gave the stir fry a unique spin.

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:)

For dessert I had a serving of Thin Mint Ice Cream with a thin mint cookie.

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I tried something new for my afternoon snack with a homemade dip of hummus and salsa for some blue corn chips.

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Hummus + Salsa = Delicious! I think that combo may be my new favorite dip. ;)

It shall join the ranks of guacamole, cream cheese w/ salsa, and almond butter (I truly believe you can pair almond butter with anything). ;)

What’s your favorite dip?

Alright ladies & gents, I’ve got a very early wake up call for the morning. Better get some rest!

Good Night!

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jenny April 13, 2010 at 8:24 pm

Mmm what a delicious meal idea! That’s definetly on the must-try list!

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2 Brittany April 13, 2010 at 8:27 pm

That stir fry looks awesome. I’ll have to save the recipe!

And now I want some thin mint ice cream as well – oh man that stuff is good!!

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3 blueberrymuffins April 13, 2010 at 8:28 pm

I must say I <3 salsa and cream cheese :)

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4 Becky April 13, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Salsa and hummus with blue corn chips is one of my favorite snack options – didn’t even occur to me that it’s an odd combo :) I think I’m with you on the almond butter. I just restocked on Barney Butter and I wanted to slather it on everything!

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5 Kelly April 13, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Your dinner creations never fail to shock me.

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6 Kara (@ Kara's Marathon) April 13, 2010 at 8:42 pm

I cannot believe I’ve never thought to mix hummus and salsa — brilliant!!

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7 Rachel April 13, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Mmmm…. Far from sounding strange, that flavor combo for the stir fry sounds amazing. I love cinnamon and love coconut milk. How could they be anything less than amazing together. Especially in my favorite food form – Stir fry!
And, girl, where do you keep finding those fabulous thin mints?! How can you possibly have any left? :)
Hope you have a great night!

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8 Lauren @ Eater not a runner April 13, 2010 at 9:18 pm

That really does look delicious! You come up with the most creative combos :-)

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9 Anna April 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm

Looks like a yummy dinner! Perfect healthy meal after all that great New Orleans cuisine :-)

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10 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) April 13, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I would have been tempted to make that stir fry a sweet dish since cinnamon and coconut are sweet flavors in my head. I can eat almond butter with anyyyyything…probably even plastic haha jkjk

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11 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday April 13, 2010 at 9:48 pm

My mother-in-law puts cinnamon in all her savory recipes

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12 Karla April 13, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Wow that sounds like an interesting combo! Sounds delish!
I’d like to get a little more creative with my almond butter :)

I have that placemat! (here it is! http://foodologie.com/2010/02/18/zucchini-stir-fry/)

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13 Kellie April 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm

That icecream looks really good. I love Hummus. I am going to have to mix it with some salsa. Great idea.

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14 Emilyeatsclean April 13, 2010 at 10:03 pm

Ummm yes totally agree that PB or AB can be paired with anything and be totally delicious!!!!

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15 thedailyoatmeal April 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

My favorite dip is Edamame Hummus– it steals the show with some great pita or pretzel flat chips :)

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16 Erin April 13, 2010 at 10:10 pm

Hummus is the nectar of the gods, followed closely by salsa. This stir fry looks AWESOME!

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17 theprocessofhealing April 13, 2010 at 10:22 pm

Your dinner sounds SO good!!!! Such a great combo of flavors!
My favorite dip is peanut butter, for sure!

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18 missyrayn April 13, 2010 at 10:45 pm

I love to mix hummus and salsa all the time. So yummy!

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19 bakebikeblog April 13, 2010 at 10:52 pm

hummus is probably my favourite – but I also tried a corn relish dip the other day which was to die for!

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20 merrberruns April 13, 2010 at 10:56 pm

Your stirfry looks DELISH!!

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21 caronae April 13, 2010 at 11:07 pm

That’s one of the best stir fries I’ve seen in a while :)

I like almond butter for dipping, or yogurt sometimes!

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22 thefitbridesmaid April 13, 2010 at 11:24 pm

Intriguing. I don’t like cinnamon by itself, but I enjoy it when it’s in savory food, enhancing the flavor (like in chili). Maybe I’ll try it with some stir fry!

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23 Matt April 13, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Wow that looks awesome! I think my favorite dip is peanut butter ;)

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24 glidingcalm April 13, 2010 at 11:35 pm

beaaaaaaaaautiful stir fry!! i need to try hummus and salsa!!

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25 Martha April 13, 2010 at 11:56 pm

I use a hummus-salsa mix as *salad dressing* all the time! It’s a match made in food heaven, I think.

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26 Run Sarah April 14, 2010 at 12:18 am

Coconut, cinnamon and tempeh sound like an amazing combo – I have to try this!

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27 Sarah-Mae @ Eat, Run, Knit April 14, 2010 at 12:41 am

Peanut Butter! Hands down.

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28 britchickruns April 14, 2010 at 3:18 am

Tha sounds fab! I did a coconut yogurt thing last night with lime juice, garlic, coriander and soy sauce which was lovely – but I like the sound of yours :D
I love hummus and peanut butter for dipping :D

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29 Janelle April 14, 2010 at 6:41 am

Sounds great! I love to puree veggies (normally cauliflower, carrots, and broccoli) with cottage cheese – yummy dip for more veggies or crackers.

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30 Laura Georgina April 14, 2010 at 9:14 am

I love salsa as a savory dip, but I also love anything with tahini–tahini with lemon or tahini with honey are seriously good (and make me feel less annoyed at being allergic to all nuts except peanuts ;-( )

I would have never thought of combining cinammon and cumin with oregano, but that stir-fry looks awesome! Must try it soon…

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31 Carolyn @ lovinlosing April 14, 2010 at 10:54 am

Hummus is probably my favorite healthy dip, but if I’m splurgin it’s cheese dip or french onion dip.

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32 Anne P April 14, 2010 at 11:15 am

Gorgeous photos, that sounds delicious! And I also love the hummus/salsa combo :) Sooo good!

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33 hundredtenpounds April 14, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Trader Joe’s spicy hummus! So good!

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34 Monica C. April 14, 2010 at 2:23 pm

Oh my! I love chiming in when your food combos are so far removed from anything I would eat (fully acknowledging that I am way too picky and non-adventurous about food). In my book, cinammon does not belong on any savory dish! Cinammon is for sweets, that’s it! And coconut, I don’t like at all. So, the two of them together? Yikes!

My favorite “dip” is a plain pico de gallo – so delicious on tortilla chips!

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