Sunday, November 29, 2009

thanksgiving leftovers.

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In an effort to clear out my refrigerator, I dumped most of our remaining thanksgiving leftovers onto some homemade pizza dough last night. I didn't even have any mozzarella, so you're looking at a turkey cheddar pizza, and roasted peppers, broccoli, & cheddar, respectively. We used what we had, and what we had was some leftover turkey, and one of those big gnarly vegetable trays with mini sweet peppers, carrots, broccoli, etc. (And a big bucket o'ranch in the middle. I considered doing a white pizza with the ranch but remember, thanksgiving traumatized my gut, so I'm attempting to eat a little healthier.)


HEY! On a completely different note, since my readers are such a fountain of good information- I recently picked up a huge jar of unrefined coconut oil, having been convinced by the hippie legions on the interwebs that it's like, super good for you and stuff. (Not going to lie, secretly I'm just hoping that if I eat coconut oil every day I'll just lose 10 pounds without even trying) PROBLEM: I DON'T REALLY LIKE COCONUTS. I mean, I just am not that into it, and the oil definitely tastes coconut-y. So far, all I've been doing with it is throw a chunk or two on top of my rice when I have stir fry, and I've had it on toast (it's spreadable at room temperature, if you're confused about why I might be putting OIL ON MY TOAST) with a pinch of salt, but otherwise- YUCK. The package suggests putting it into a smoothie and HOLY HELL, WAS THAT EVER A TERRIBLE IDEA. There were huge solid chunks of it throughout the smoothie and the texture was just appalling, to say the least. UGH UGH UGH.

So, if any of you are hippies who incorporate coconut oil into your diet, what do you do with it? The suggested "dosage" is like 4 tablespoons a day- how do you choke it down? Do you just eat everything with a hint of the tropics in it? Will I have to just force myself to like it, pretty much like I forced myself to like shit like brown rice and nuts and drinking water? (I USED TO HATE DRINKING WATER. I drank a coke for breakfast every single morning from age 8 to like age 20) Is it really a health tonic? Are you all svelte and crap from eating it all day? Information, plz. Thx.

44 comments:

Emiloves said...

ALICE!! it's Emily, ummm I've been stalking you on the interwebzzzzzz. What are the nutrition facts on this shit, 4 TBS A DAY!? That sounds excessive, but this is coming from someone who didn't even know coconut oil existed, not to mention the fact that you just blew my mind twice by the whole solidifying fact. I love coconut, but I'm thinking ewwwww.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

Emily,

1. it pleases me that at 6:30 you are not just done with work, but already at home and playing on the computer. HOORAY.

2. The nutrition facts are kind of ridiculous but supposedly it's a healthy fat that your body requires and it actually like prevents heart disease and shit? I dunno. FUCK MAN I DON'T KNOW WHO TO TRUST ANYMORE. HIPPIES OR DOCTORS? HIPPIE DOCTORS? WHATEVER, YOU'RE THE ONE DOING KUNDALINI YOGA ON THE ADVICE OF A NARCOLEPTIC.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

p.s. if you're going to stalk me on the internet you're required by law to chat with me on ichat. duh.

Emiloves said...

1. And I've already gone to Trader Joe's and have salmon thawing in my sink! HAH!
2. I suggest if we are ever to get to the bottom of this issue we should probably ask a narcoleptic hippie doctor. I feel that they would know what is best for us. Maybe you should get on that.

book nerd said...

If it's the same stuff you get at Trader Joe's in a tub, I use it to replace crisco in baked goods like scones.

Meggilizz said...

Coconut oil is really good in smoothies--you can melt it first on half power in the microwave first. ;)

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

ONLINE PHD FOR TOM, STAT!

Mademoiselle Oulla said...

i mainly put it in baked goods, but it's not bad to use it to roast potato fries. I knew nothing about the weight loss properties, though. hmmm.

Andrea said...

i don't internally take it but i use it as a moisturizer. i have really dry sensitive acne prone skin that i don't want to put chemicals on. so after doing some reading i now wash my face with oil once a day (castor + grapeseed) and moisturize with coconut. it's awesome. it's supposed to be really good for your hair too.

Brooke said...

I use it in making granola, and cookies and stuff... just gives it a hint of taste. I suggest trying it in like an oatmeal one or something... good luck. Hippie doctors rule!

Tolovana said...

According to Seth Roberts (http://www.blog.sethroberts.net/) ala the Shangri-La diet, you just eat it by the spoon-full first thing in the morning and get it over with.

Personally, I use it 1/2-1/2 with olive oil in anything I fry, like hash browns, or in place of all the oil for stir fries. 1/2-1/2 with bacon drippings for eggs.

("Ovaquest" is my word verification. Quest for the Ova, exciting new adventure! Fried Ova on Toast...)

veralicious. said...

i use it in sweets, or when i make indonesian/indian/thai/jamaican type food. because it compliments those flavors. you could use it in soups or roasting/sautéing any vegetable. there are really a million uses, anything that you use butter in.

Arianna Elizabeth said...

It's amazing in curried sweet potato soup, saute your onions and garlic in it before you add roasted sweet potatoes, garam masala and curry powder, and either a can or two of coconut milk or stock, puree, garnish with cilantro and there you are.

Hilary said...

Ha ha. This is what me and my boyfriend plan to do with out Christmas leftovers. We were originally inspired by this British comedy sketch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nyk6sXHY9Vg

Julia said...

I think you're supposed to use coconut oil as a substitute for butter and oil mixed in recipes, like in cookies,for for frying stuff. i dont know what it would taste like on toast. i've rarely cooked with it. but if you want to use it as oil, zap it for a bit in the microwave and it'll become liquid.

i use coconut oil as a beauty product. i slather it on in the shower as an extra long-lasting moisturizer (in place of baby oil, which is petroleum -based) , and for the occasional, every 2 or 3 months, leave in conditioner (makes hair very very very soft, but needs to be washed out with like 3 lathers). but good luck cooking with it!

sarahjbard said...

I always liked eating coconut oil/butter in dates. Split a date in half, stuff it with a bit of coconut oil and you have a delicious and filling snack!

anja louise verdugo said...

I don't think you need to replace all of your fat intake with coconut oil, because other healthy fats (olive oil, butter, avocado, nuts) have things in them that are important for you too! Whenever you're cooking something that could benefit from a bit of a coconutty taste or won't be affected by it (baking, soups), use it, but otherwise just keep doing what you're doing, especially because you don't LIKE IT! I've cooked with it a couple times, and sometimes I will use it as a body moisturizer, but I see no reason to eat it every day. There are other healthy fats too, just use it sometimes, throw it into the mix. Adding an extra 4 tbsp of fat into your diet probably isn't going to make you lose any weight.

Lisa-Marie said...

Alicia, this looks frickin amazing!

Johanna said...

I didn't even know about coconut oil's health benefits and I've been using it to cook with because it's inexpensive and has a relatively high heat tolerance. It's good for frying and I can barely taste the coconut flavor.

Anina said...

It's good to use on squash when you roast it. I do a coconut oil/maple syrup roasted squash. other combos i have tried: coconut oil/garlic squash, coconut/sage squash.

Jen Z. said...

I substitute it for the oil in chocolate zucchini cupcakes (http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/000281.html) and also use it as cooking oil for all things Indian or asian-ish stirfry. Boyfriend often throws some in rice or quinoa with some nutritional yeast (condiment of the hippie masses) - pretty yummy. I'm with you a bit here - too much coconut is too much - but, once you play with it a bit, I think you'll find it really adds a nice richness to the right dishes. 4TBS a day seems like a lofty goal though.

Thanks for your fantastic posts!

olive said...

Use it instead of veggie oil when making granola. I find it gives the granola a pleasant taste, and you sidestep the texture issues (as it's melted and baked). But it still tastes a bit like coconut...

kansas said...

i use it mostly as a replacement for olive oil in cooking. this can be a bit of a problem for me since the butter is usually closer and makes everything taste good. oh! it really good for making stovetop popcorn.

Amanda Mae said...

I love coconut oil!

I usually bake with it in place of other oils, or I will replace half the butter with coconut oil. I've put it on toast and in smoothies too... but with better results, i guess! And like another commenter, I use it on my face too!

I use it to make these:
http://maebird.blogspot.com/2009/08/oatmeal-ball.html

Hippie doctors rule!

chetanddot said...

I use coconut oil in place of shortening in baked goods. I love it in pie crust with half butter. It's now the only oil I fry with. I buy organic c. oil by the bucket from Glorybeefoods.com. It's great for cooking and baking but I don't think I would treat it like butter.

Give It Away Girl said...

For gawd's sake, ignore the online "wisdom" on nutrition. Coconut oil has been shown to increase markers of inflammation that are tied to cardiovascular disease. It's saturated fat, and there's NO reason to think it's any better for you than any other saturated fat. Except idiot hippies on the 'net say it is.

Olive, canola, and flaxseed oils are good for you. Eat those.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

hey dude, calling everyone who disagrees with you an idiot is a really good way to keep people from taking you seriously. brb, eating toast with coconut oil, getting heart disease. :P

Farmgirl Susan said...

Now that's the best idea I've seen for leftover turkey yet. Everything's better on homemade pizza! :)

Tartelette said...

You're my hero for spreading it on toast...Seriously thought about it and figured my husband would think I am coocoo for spreading oil on toast. But, I got a jar for *one* recipe testing and I keep forgetting to use it in place of butter or oil. I'll probably start with something easy like cookies :)

The pizza looks really good btw.

Seramarias said...

One thing about coconut oil is that different extractions will result in oils with stronger or weaker flavors. You may want to try different brands and see if you find one with a more subtle taste, if you do want to use it as a neutral cooking oil. Now, I can't speak to the quality issues, as I've heard people swear that the health benefits apply to all types and grades of coconut oils and others insist that only premium cold-extracted oils count.

b. said...

...i do know that once you heat olive oil, you completely diminish any health benefits it may have. i assume the same goes for any other healthy oils. makes sense-you destroy vitamins in veggies when you cook them, hence the raw food movement.

anywho...if you want the health benefits of oil, consume it cold.

cookinginjapan said...

I don't see how adding 4tbsp of oil to your diet is going to help you lose weight. Why don't you give the oil away to someone who likes it and find something different?

I admire your discipline. I could never eat oil for health. I can barely make myself use it when cooking.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

b., coconut oil is more heat stable than olive oil. different oils have different temperatures that they lose nutritional value. it's perfectly fine to lightly cook things in olive oil, you don't have to eat it cold all the time to get the health benefits from it. you can safely fry things in coconut oil up to 360º.

Sarah & Chad said...

My favorite coconut oil recipe of all time:
http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/carrot-oatmeal-cookies-recipe.html
Healthy and delicious, though I do like using a gluten free baking mix instead of the flour simply because it adds a little more sweetness to the cookies. It does impart a smidge of coconut flavor, but the oats and carrots carry it well.
In other news, I also use it as a massage oil, but it usually makes me hungry.
Enjoy!

hannah | honey & jam said...

1. that pizza looks delicious.
2. i have no idea what to do with coocnut oil.
3. i just realized why you look sort of familiar. did you run the olfactorymemory lj community? i used to post there all the time, i think under the user name thorabrighid?

please ignore this if i sound crazy, it just hit me this evening. haha.

Alicia Lynn Carrier said...

hannah- yes, i still run that community. you should post!

Run Lori Run said...

This was one of the funniest posts I've read in awhile.

hanna said...

have you read this? http://www.amazon.com/Eat-Fat-Lose-Delicious-Science-based/dp/1594630054/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top
I have it on order from the library, b/cI'm curious about coconut oil as well.

Italian Country Cooking said...

Great looking pizza!! I like it with just the tomato sauce and some large pieces of garlic and fresh basil leaves.

mrs. b said...

here is an article you might find interesting;

http://www.passionatehomemaking.com/2008/06/the-world-of-oils.html

kate said...

i honeslty heard that coconut oit is the opposite of good for you! it has all of the worng kinds of fats. i love coconut, but my mom tells me to lay off it because it is so terrible for you.

The Design Boards said...

Bake with it, I substitute it out for butter in a recipe or do half and half. I've also put it in a smoothie before but didn't have the same experience you did! In fact, I couldn't even taste it.

Hilary said...

The weight loss comes from the ease with which you can puke it back up! I worked at a raw food restaurant in NY and ladies loved to come get our desserts (approximately 25-90% coconut oil content) then go barf it all up in the bathroom OF THE RESTAURANT before coming back for more. It is a silky-smooth throat feel, they would say.

Allison said...

OMG Hilary that is the craziest thing I think I have ever heard!!!

I like to put coconut oil in my oatmeal with some ground flax and golden raising. Creamy and Delicious and heart healthy!!

I admire your discipline!