But seriously, folks: Have you tried using virgin coconut oil in your kitchen yet? I’m so happy that I’ve learned how to use it in so many ways. I feel so good about adding this healthy fat to my family’s diet. I cook with it. I bake with it. I slurp it down in my morning bulletproof coffee. Every–single–morning. I slather it on my face and hands: it makes my skin softer. I massage it into my kale and dress delicious salads with it. I pop my popcorn in it. I massage my kale with it. (You read that right.) I make sauteed wild greens and onions with it. And hey, I’m going to share that recipe with you in this post, so don’t go away!
Virgin Coconut Oil is great, versatile, delicious stuff. And it is so good for you! It is truly a healthy fat to use in your kitchen.
My favorite place to buy coconut oil is Tropical Traditions. This family business produces a premium virgin coconut oil, which is handcrafted by family producers in the Philippines, using traditional methods passed down from generations. Tropical Traditions was the first company to export Virgin Coconut Oil from the Philippines to the United States in 2001. And good news: studies done recently show that traditionally-made coconut oils, like the ones that Tropical Traditions produces, have the highest amounts of antioxidants; some studies show twice as many!
The premium coconut oil from Tropical Traditions is the Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, and guess what–that’s what I have to offer as a giveaway for you today! Yup. This is the Good Stuff, Baby. I gave away a quart of this delicious stuff a couple of months ago, and Tropical Traditions has now given me permission to give away a gallon to one of my Gentle Readers! You can enter this drawing using the nifty little Rafflecopter widget thingy below. It’s so easy! It won’t take you a minute, and you might just receive this in your mailbox in just a few weeks:
If you’re new to coconut oil, the Tropical Traditions website is full of resources: click here if you want to learn more about Virgin Coconut Oil from Tropical Traditions and how it is produced, and why (for pete’s sake) it is so special, not to mention my personal favorite coconut oil. And if you want to learn about the oodles of ways you can use coconut oil, you can click right here. There are hundreds and hundreds of uses listed.
I also wrote a blog post about coconut oil, and how it once was The Big Bad Diet Meany only a few years ago, the devil itself in fat form, in that it was clogging the arteries–reportedly–and upping the heart attack risk of every patron unwitting enough and unfortunate enough to go the movies and buy theatre popcorn. It’s a wonder that they weren’t dragging the dead corpses out of the movie theatres every night at the end of each show, to hear how the media hyped that one up (eye roll). At the time, coconut oil was the oil of choice for movie theatres to use for popcorn popping. Remember?
But the times, they are a’changin’, and so are our beliefs about coconut oil, thank goodness: research has showed that coconut oil is packed with healthy fats, and is good for the health of your heart and brain. It can be a wonderfully healthy part of your diet. You can read more in my blog post here.
A coconut oil anecdote, and how I learned how to use coconut oil on a daily basis: A dear family member of ours was having some serious health problems that were keeping her from living her life in a normal way. My sister and I, trying to help, took to our kitchens and showed our love to this person’s family by cooking all their meals for a few months, focusing exclusively on “clean” foods and foods with high anti-inflammatory properties. It was, in essence, therapeutic cooking, and eating. Coconut oil was our fat of choice to use for cooking during that time. I learned at that time how to saute greens with onions and coconut oil; it also makes a fantastic massaged kale salad. It works great to roast root veggies in, too. I’ll share those recipes with you at another time, okay, so be watching for them!
You know me, Gentle Reader, and better than I’m probably comfortable with (cough), and you know that I keep a redonculous number of laying hens, and also that I’m always trying to come up with new ways to eat the delicious fresh eggs that they lay for me every day. I’m going to share a recipe with you today that incorporates several of my very favorite things: fresh farm eggs, virgin coconut oil, onions and garlic, and wild greens (although you can use greens from your garden or the farmer’s market, too, either way, but if you have a chance to eat wild greens like lambsquarters and nettles, do it! They are powerfully nutritious, much more so in some cases than domesticated ones!)
Lovely, lovely, don’t you agree? Raw ingredients for a fantastic, easy meal. Here’s the recipe:
- ¾ cup virgin coconut oil
- 10 green onions, minced, OR a couple of immature garden onions, sliced
- 2 lbs. mixed greens, such as nettles, lamb's-quarter, spinach, Swiss chard, washed and sliced
- 1 cup chopped parsley
- 1 cup chopped fresh mint leaves
- 6 cloves garlic, smashed and minced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 6 fresh farm eggs
- Heat ½ cup virgin coconut oil in a 5-qt. pot over medium heat.
- Add onions and cook gently for 10 minutes.
- Add greens, parsley, mint, garlic, and ½ cup water; season with salt and pepper.
- Cook gently, stirring occasionally, until greens are tender, 15–20 minutes. Remove from heat.
- Heat ¼ cup oil in an 12" skillet over medium-high heat. Add more if necessary.
- Working in two batches, crack eggs into skillet; cook, constantly spooning oil over yolks, until yolks are just set, about 2 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, transfer eggs to a plate. Divide greens between plates and top each with a fried egg. Grind fresh pepper and salt on top.
- Slice up a loaf of crusty bread and supper is ready! Well done, you! (Now be sure to tuck into this while it's hot, and enjoy the compliments!)
If you’re interested in trying out lots of coconut oil recipes, the Tropical Traditions website is packed with them, and I’d highly recommend your signing up for the newsletter (in the Rafflecopter widget below) because then these recipes will come straight to your own e-mail box periodically, and you can try them out for yourself!
By the way: since I’m giving away a whole GALLON of this wonderful stuff, the FDA won’t let me make any health claims about it (and you know that I’m dying to do this), but you can click here if you want to learn more!
Want to see a few reasons why you want to enter this giveaway? Watch the short video below to discover why Tropical Traditions makes the #1 selling Virgin Coconut Oil in the U.S. today. And then enter! You might just win! (Somebody has to, you know!) There is an option (tweeting about the giveaway) that you can do every day of the giveaway, so that could result in lots and lots of chances for you to win.
Or, if you don’t want to wait until the giveaway is over to try some of this Coconut Oil, you can order your own right here. By the way–the very first entry in the giveaway is mandatory–it’s to sign up for the Tropical Traditions Sales E-Newsletter. Don’t let this scare you away! It just takes a second to subscribe, and you’ll be the first one to be notified when they have sales and so forth. And they really do run amazing sales!
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Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and they didn’t twist my arm to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. Just so you know!
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