Coconut milk is the healthiest milk on the planet - better even than nut milk because there is no fungus to worry about. And coconut milk contains natural coconut oil which is superb for the whole body, including skin and hair. The following recipes are all from Thai cuisine, and that means they're sure to please everyone at your dinner table.
01 of 09
This easy salad dressing can be put together in a matter of minutes. It's delicious, fresh, and slightly creamy but also low in fat and calories. And it can be made as mild or as spicy as you like. Tip: double the salad dressing recipe and keep any extra in the refrigerator for a quick and scrumptious tossed salad anytime!
02 of 09
Store-bought stir-fry sauces are nearly always disappointing, whereas this simple, do-it-yourself sauce is delicious and easy. A great way to use up leftover coconut milk, and the recipe is flexible - make it extra spicy if you like by adding fresh-cut chilies or dried chili flakes. Or if you're not ready to make a stir-fry, just make up a bottle of the sauce to have on standby for later in the week.
03 of 09
A golden-hued Thai chicken curry simmered with individual spices, fresh herbs, and a hint of cinnamon. A swirl of coconut milk is added at the end which adds a rich, creamy texture for the ultimate Thai taste. Whole chicken pieces, such as drumsticks, lend very tender results, and chunky wedges of potato round out the dish.
04 of 09
Indulge your senses with this delicious Thai crab salad made with the exotic and creamy taste of coconut milk. Featuring a full spectrum of flavors and textures, this salad is fresh and thrilling for the palate. A simple coconut milk dressing is tossed up with crab meat and a selection of vegetables plus fresh coriander and chopped peanuts or cashews.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
05 of 09
Use up your leftover coconut milk to make this luscious shrimp dish for a taste experience you won't soon forget. Thai food is known for its exotic and oftentimes heady combinations, and this is a prime example of this description. Who could imagine this dish is also a cinch to make? Coconut milk is key, along with some fresh lemons, garlic, chili, and fresh coriander.
06 of 09
This easy dessert only takes five minutes to make. But don't be deceived by its simplicity - the taste is so wonderfully sweet and exotic that most people find it a little addictive. It's a great way to use up leftover coconut milk and bananas, another food item that tends to get tossed. This simple dessert recipe can be served warm or cold, depending on the weather and your mood.
07 of 09
A Thai version of the classic creme caramel dessert that is super-easy to make, melt-in-your-mouth delicious, and healthier than traditional creme caramel! This recipe calls for coconut milk instead of cream (coconut milk contains good fats that actually lower your cholesterol). If you're lactose-intolerant or avoiding dairy, this is a good dessert choice for you. It also makes an elegant dessert to serve guests or take to a party. Best of all, this recipe can be whipped up and in the oven in less than 10 minutes.
08 of 09
This martini is easy to make and beautiful to serve. Make it for guests or just for yourself. Dragon fruit is native to Thailand, but is now readily available throughout North America - look for it in your local supermarket. A great way to use leftover coconut milk.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
09 of 09
Coconut rice makes a terrific accompaniment to many Thai and Indian dishes, but it's equally wonderful with nearly any Western-style entree. Quick and easy to make, this coconut rice recipe will come in handy for those times when you want to make dinner extra special without going to a lot of extra work.