Creamy and Coconut-y

by Meg on January 26, 2012

Good morning everyone Smile I just finished breakfast here, an omelette and a warm creamy bowl of oats with fruit, so I am about to leave for the gym soon. But before I go, I wanted to share a new recipe that I created yesterday! Smile I also wanted to thank you for the abundance of replies to yesterdays post! It’s amazing that so many of you can relate to how I viewed the word “healthy” in the past. It is crazy to think that a word that holds such a positive meaning can have its definition altered by so many people! However, it sounds like we are all coming along and changing the distorted definition of healthy into the proper definition. Being healthy is definitely something to strive for; not fear! For those of you who are still struggling with an ED or a disordered thoughts of any sort, I assure you that you can recover, but it does take time. Stay committed and stay confident! You can over come anything you put your mind to <3 One of the things that helped me the most throughout my recovery was accepting the fact that recovery is a long, long process! Don’t get discouraged! Be patient with yourself <3 My Mom says it all the time, “patience is a virtue”, and it is so true. Recovery is a lot less stressful if we are patient!

So, for this recipe Winking smile The title says it all…

Creamy and coconut-y! Now doesn’t that just spell C-O-M-F-O-R-T!?

The weather was pretty chilly here in London for the past few days (snowing on and off throughout the days) which has been causing me to crave comforting and warm foods.

I cannot go without warm oatmeal in the morning…

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steel cut oats cooked in almond milk and apple chips

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scottish oats with yogurt and raspberry “syrup”

 

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quinoa flakes with raspberries

I even made baked oatmeal yesterday morning! (recipe to come… once I perfect it…)
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banana baked oatmeal drenched in almond butter

Sure, I love a big yogurt bowl with granola, nuts, and fruit, but my cravings are much too strong to sway from having my warm bowl of oats in the mornings Smile

This was my delicious bowl of oats this morning Smile I kind of went picture savvy… (but it was too pretty not to take pictures of!)

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Yesterday, however, I found myself wanting more. More warm, comforting, cozy-type foods. So, a new recipe was made! Smile

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Creamy Coconut, Sweet Potato, and Chickpea “Stew”
Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup baked sweet potato, cubed
1/2 cup chickpeas, cooked
1 large handful spinach
1/2 cup coconut milk

Over medium heat, add milk to frying pan. Add remaining ingredients until warm and spinach is wilted. Remove from heat and place in dish. Mash some of the chickpeas for a more creamy texture. Serve and enjoy!

This would be such a wonderful recipe to share on Meatless Monday, but I couldn’t wait! I hope you enjoy this! Smile

Love always,

Meg
xoxoxoxoxoxo

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen January 26, 2012 at 12:40 PM

That looks like my kind of recipe: easy, comforting, and involving two of my favorite things (coconut and sweet potatoes). I made something similar with pumpkin and greens once…it turned out more soup-like than stew-like. :)

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 2:47 AM

oooooo that sounds amazing :) do you have the recipe on your blog!?

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Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen January 27, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Hey! No, I don’t…although now that I’m thinking about it, I should make it again and post about it. :)

Basically, I sauteed long, thin slivers of onion, ginger, garlic and either swiss chard or kale (spinach would be good) in the bottom of the pan, added coconut milk (and maybe a little water or veggie broth to thin it out, and stirred in a can of pumpkin. I got it to the consistency I wanted and seasoned as desired. It was SO easy and very good.

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tara January 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

i wish i could overcome things…but i’m binging at night and i’m just all sorts of up and down. i wish i could recover “right”…eat the healthy, right foods and not be such a failure.

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HollieisFueledByLOLZ January 26, 2012 at 1:17 PM

I’m so glad I found your blog girl. I seriously need warm things to keep me going through the day. Those raspberries look so good too. I might make some raspberry pancakes or something later.

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 2:48 AM

ahhhhhh thanks for commenting beautiful! I have a new blog to read now <3 AND I LOVE IT BY THE WAY ;) <333333 did u make your pancakes?! xo

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Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile January 26, 2012 at 1:29 PM

When it’s cold out all I crave is warm food! Unfortunately it’s been in the 80s lately so I’m still craving yogurt and smoothies. What a wonderful and easy recipe! Looks delicious.

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Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin January 26, 2012 at 2:03 PM

I love yogurt bowls, but nothing trumps oatmeal! I had some for breakfast this morning too. :D

Also that stew looks incredible girl! Coconut milk is the best!

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Yolie @ Practising Wellness January 26, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Mmmm…all the food on this post looks absolutely wonderful! Love oatmeal so much! And that coconutty creamy bowl of deliciousness down the bottom? Ummm…YUM! :-) Will definitely be creating that in my own home – I love simple recipes like that – you know the 5 ingredients and under kind. More, please, lol! ;-) (hehe…no pressure) <3 Thank you for sharing, lovely! xyx

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 2:49 AM

hahahaha awe babe! you are the cutest – EVER! I love easy peasy recipes, too :) and this tasted amazing as well :) I will be sharing more recipes, don’t u worry ;)

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Yolie @ Practising Wellness January 27, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Sah-weet! :-D xyx

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Christina @ the athletarian January 26, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Yummyyyyy!!! I need to make this!! It encompasses some of my most favourite things!!!

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Kate @ Chasing It January 26, 2012 at 4:55 PM

oh my gosh that sounds amazing!!! I just bought shredded coconut for the first time ever yesterday, and I can’t WAIT to use it in stuff – I never thought about using it in a dinner-type dish! but combined with sweet taters and chickpeas….you are genius :-D

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Miranda @ Miranda's Munchies January 26, 2012 at 6:43 PM

yum! so many different types of yummy oatmeal! I think I need to spice up my usual kind :)
I love all things coconut, so I’m glad you created this stew! I know it’s gonna hit the spot on one of my mad craving days!

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 2:49 AM

ooooooo :) let me know if you try it :D

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Tara @ Sweat like a Pig January 26, 2012 at 10:17 PM

Your oatmeal looks amazing!! So creamy :D I loooove coconut milk so I have to try this recipe!

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Kat January 26, 2012 at 11:59 PM

good lord I will eat ANYTHING with coconut. One of my all time favorite flavors. Lemon and coconut combination is probably one of the best ones out there. Second to peanut butter and chocolate of course ;)

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 2:50 AM

coconut and lemon!? tell me more ;)????????????

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Cheryl @ eatplayluvblog January 27, 2012 at 12:53 AM

Good timing on the recovery support. I just had one of those moments/posts/tear jerkers. I love you and you’re inspirational and I look up to you. <3 keep doing what you're doing.

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 2:50 AM

oh sweetie. I love you so much <3 YOU ARE AN INSPIRATION

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Katie January 27, 2012 at 1:46 AM

Your oats with the berries looks amazing! I have been on a berry kick over here, so it looks extra amazing!

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 2:51 AM

omg Katie, they tasted like heaven. the raspberries were suuuuuper duuuuuper sweet :)

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Abby @ Abz 'n' Oats January 27, 2012 at 2:19 AM

This is unreal but I have only had hot oats about 3 or 4 times since I moved home. I have been so addicted to Fitnessista’s breakfast cookie dough cereal otherwise!

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 2:51 AM

omg i love that recipe! and it’s pretty creepy that I was thinking about it today……. BEFORE i read your comment :s WEIRD

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tara January 27, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Meg…I have been considering RD’s to consult…I know gaining weight should be easy…and I “know” everything…research…I’ve done it in the past, etc etc etc…but I was considering seeing one anyone just cause…

1) did you see an RD when you were gaining? How was she (or he?) and did they give you a sample meal plan to follow?

2) i live outside the Toronto area…but found one woman who is willing to give me a good price for a consult and meal plan…her website is here: http://beachesnutrition.ca/media/

what do you think? i personally prefer a “clean’ eating style with emphasis on fat and protein…I’m worried I’ll get someone who is one of these vegetarian advocates that try to pump you full of bags of rice a day (I like rice :) but i like chocolate, bread, and lots of fat and protein too).

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 9:38 PM

I’m sorry, hun. I thought I had told you before that yes I did see an RD and that I simply followed the Canada’s Food Guide. No RD will advocate pumping you full of rice. Each and every RD will recommend a BALANCED diet.

<3

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tara January 28, 2012 at 12:19 AM

Thanks…does the RD in that website look good to you? I’d appreciate your opinion.

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Caitlin January 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

I’m honestly not a fan of oatmeal (what kind of blogger am I, right?) but your baked oatmeal concoction looks really awesome! Reminds me of some bangin’ oatmeal pancakes I made once, I spread crushed blueberries and PB sauce on top of them.

That stew looks so good! I love chickpeas. The coconut thrown into the mix is such a unique twist! Good creation!

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 9:39 PM

HAHA don’t worry girl, I just started eating oatmeal last year :) I just think I wasn’t preparing it right or something? Also, steel cut oats were a much easier transition than other types of oats that tend to get quite mushy. However, now….. I love the mushy. Haha. Such as quinoa flakes

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Ali Mc January 27, 2012 at 8:07 PM

I love that stew at the bottom, I’m going to be honest that since I’m coming off of a sickness all those pictures of mushy food just wasn’t good for me ;) but I think I may just eat that stew tonight!!!!! Thanks girl xoxox

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Meg January 27, 2012 at 9:39 PM

really!!!!!!!!!!!! That excites me darling :D let me know if you seriously try it!

xoxo love u

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Allison January 27, 2012 at 11:31 PM

I made overnight oats/ cereal last night mixed with cream cheese/ soymilk and topped it with berries and it was fabulous! Reminds me of your oats this morning… I’m thinking something warm and baked this weekend for bfast, baked oatmeal perhaps? Or baked french toast or a baked pancake :)

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Becca@learnasyougocook January 28, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Ooo coconuts and sweet potatoes, count me in! Good for my vegetarian tummy!;)

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Meg January 29, 2012 at 12:10 AM

YES! totally :) please make this and let me know what you think! i am craving it again it was that good :)

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