Coconut milk is a great substitute in many recipes that require a heavy cream.
There is the obvious uses in Thai and East Indian dishes but you can use it for so much more.
Tried it in my coffee today ... not bad, actually it's really good.
I usually drink my coffee black but many years ago I used to really like having a heavy cream with my coffee. If you have been dairy free but crave that milk in your coffee I highly recommend trying coconut milk.
Substituting coconut milk for dairy in your homemade "cream of ______ soup" is really tasty.
I have made mushroom sauce, cream of broccoli & mushroom soup and asparagus soup. Really easy to make and very nutritious.
You can even make homemade coconut milk ice cream! I have not tried it yet but is seems very simple to make.
Essentially you just mix the following together:
3 cups coconut milk + 1/2 cup sweetener* (sugar, stevia or honey) + 3/4 cup water + fruit (fresh or dried)
*note: when I try this I will probably use less sweetener and get most of the sugar of the added fruit.
Then place in your freezer.
Some recipes say to boil the water with the sweetener. After that mixture cools add the rest of the ingredients. Also, stir the mixture a few times during the freezing process.
I am just thinking ... coconut milk, pineapple and banana.
Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, I'm getting hungry.
Enjoy and Be Well,
Michael Reid, B.HE. CSCS, RKC