Tag: Coconut

It’s Tasty Tuesday! {Featured Food Posts}

We really enjoy the amazing food posts from our ARWB members and are excited to share a new batch with you this week. Be sure to check them out.

Keri Bucci: Coconut Chicken

Are you a fan of Asian food like we are? Then this Coconut Chicken recipe from Keri Bucci over at My Table of Three is a very tasty one to add to your menu. Plus, it’s low carb and gluten free!

Coconut Chicken via mytableofthree.com keri bucci


It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Asian food. From sushi to egg drop soup there are many I call my favorites. This Coconut Chicken, like many of my other Asian inspired recipes, was born out of my desire to enjoy my favorite dishes but in a healthier way.

Coconut Chicken is my copy cat version of one of my old buffet favorites. In the past, I would pile my plate high of the overly sweet chicken and lavish every bite. Well, that is until I felt like someone was going to have to roll me out of the restaurant. Darn, you buffet food and darn you missing will power!  Read More


Helen Lampkin: Apple Tart with Calvados Cream

Nothing says fall more than apple season in Arkansas. Helen Lampkin, of My Brother’s Salsa and Helen’s Table, visits a local NWA farmers market to find out about the best of the iconic apple harvest.

Apple Tart via Helen's Table

Northwest Arkansas is still growing apples and we are fortunate to be the home of the family owned Vanzant Fruit Farm

So, before the peak of apple season passes you by, head to your local farmer’s market this and pick up some fresh apples. Then take the time to create this simple Apple Tart with Calvados Cream recipe, call the family around the table and savor every moment! Read More


Julie Kohl: Keto Coffee Disks

Want an easy, fool-proof way to have your keto coffee ready for you in a snap? Julie Kohl of Julie D. Kohl has the answer for you.

keto coffee disks via juliedkohl.com

The problem with most of the Keto Coffee recipes I’ve seen is that they all require you to blend all of the ingredients together in a blender.

I’m not sure about you but I barely have time to press the brew button on my K-cup machine in the morning, let alone pull out the blender. Plus, I sure don’t want to clean that thing EVERY day!

These Keto disks are my answer to the hassle. The results are tasty and healthy. Read More


Lacie Ring: Peanut Butter CupCereal Snack Mix

Easy Peasy Pleasy’s Lacie Ring has created a real winner with this snack mix. Your kiddos will definitely think you’re a winner too when you make up a batch for after school snacks or lunch box treats.

First things first…you grab a Super Size Bag of Peanut Butter Cups Cereal. Next you combine it with kid approved additions to make the perfect cereal snack mix. Adding more peanut butter and more chocolate takes this cereal over the top. Finally, you have one Super Sized Snack Idea! READ MORE


Alison Chino: Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp {National Rice Month}

thai coconut curry allison

I love a curry.

I enjoy Indian curries with all kinds of lentils and veggies and I also like the fresher feel of Thai curries with citrus flavors and seafood.

These days you can buy your own curry pastes in the grocery store, but there is something sort of nourishing about crushing the garlic and mixing the flavors all together yourself. Making a curry from scratch is not hard, but it can involve a lot of ingredients.

thai coconut curry past

This Thai curry is fairly simple and a lot of the ingredients you might already have on hand, like the spices. Consider tracking down lemongrass and fish sauce a kind of flavor treasure hunt. Both of these make this dish smell and taste divine.

I put together this recipe after ordering a similar dish in a fairly expensive Thai restaurant. It is way less expensive to make, of course, and my whole family enjoys it. (Always a win!)

This is a good curry for the warmer months of the year because it’s not as heavy as many other creamy rice dishes.

Hope you enjoy!

Alison Chino: Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp {National Rice Month}

Alison Chino: Thai Coconut Curry Shrimp {National Rice Month}


    For the paste:
  • 1 inch ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • 1 stem lemongrass, ends trimmed and sliced lengthways
  • 1 jalepeno pepper
  • 1 teaspoon coriander seed
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 clove of garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
    For the curry
  • 2 cups cooked shrimp
  • 2 cups green vegetables (I used broccoli and sugar snap peas)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • Cooked Basmati rice (to serve on the side)
  • Fresh cilantro (for serving)


  1. Make the paste by taking all ingredients and crushing them with a mortar and pestle, or you can use a food processor. I like the mortar and pestle method but you will end up with larger stems of lemongrass. You can leave them large and then pull them out just before serving.
  2. Heat a large skillet.
  3. Add paste and cook for about five minutes.
  4. Add prawns (shrimp), then the coconut milk and fish sauce. Cook for about five minutes before adding green vegetables.
  5. Simmer 5-10 minutes more. Serve with Riceland Long Grain White Rice and garnish with cilantro leaves.



Alison Chino is a born and bred Arkansan who lives in Scotland (soon to be Germany), where she is learning to walk everywhere and to live with tiny appliances. She loves hiking the Scottish Highlands with her husband and kids on the weekends. She’s blogs at the Chino House and she’s pretty much obsessed with Instagram.

Whitney Binzel: Coconut-Cantaloupe Water {Foodie Friday}

Celebrate the Flavors of Spring

I love living in the south. I love being able to watch the seasons change. When I lived out west, we had two seasons and that was it. With each season comes new harvests. Although technically cantaloupe and coconut are summer produce, it’s perfectly fine, and even encouraged to eat them year-round. Or in this case, drink. While I love cantaloupe and coconut whatever time of year, I especially love enjoying these beautiful fruits during spring and summer.

They both give off a warm beach-y vibe. Down here in the south, we don’t have to wait for summer to feel the heat. We can often wear shorts and tanks in April. There’s nothing better than sitting outside on the porch with a refreshing drink to cool you off.

One of my favorite things to drink on a hot and humid day is a refreshing drink I like to call Coconut Cantaloupe Water. It’s incredibly simple, and extremely refreshing. Hydrating is important on a hot day, so why not make the best of it with a delicious fruity drink. All you need is a bit of cantaloupe, a can of coconut water, and a wee mint leaf. What you’ll end up with is a fun drink you can enjoy during spring and summer. It’s naturally sweetened thanks to the cantaloupe and coconut, so you don’t have to worry about any artificial flavors.

Cantaloupe is loaded with vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C. The coconut water is loaded with potassium and electrolytes. Together, the Coconut Cantaloupe Water makes the perfect drink to welcome spring and get you in the mood for summer.

coconut cantaloupe water whitney binzell

The recipe will make one serving in a tall glass and is easily doubled, or tripled. For a night with the girls, it can easily be turned into a subtle cocktail by adding your favorite vodka or rum.

Whitney Binzel: Coconut-Cantaloupe Water


  • 1/4 up Cantaloupe, diced, plus extra for garnish
  • 1 Can Coconut Water with Pulp, cold
  • 1 Mint Leaf, plus extra for garnish
  • Ice
  • Tall Glass


  1. Add a few ice cubes to the glass.
  2. Add the cantaloupe, coconut water, and mint leaf.
  3. Garnish with extra cantaloupe and mint.


Whitney Binzel


Whitney blogs at WhitBit’s Kitchen, where she focuses on international food and drink recipes. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Whitney’s recipes have been featured on BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, Parade Magazine,  The Frisky, and Food & Wine


Katie Clifton: Kenyan Chicken Curry {Foodie Friday}

Four years ago, in July of 2011, my husband and I served in Kenya on a short term mission trip. We had no idea how the Lord would use two weeks in East Africa to change the trajectory of our lives. It was in Kenya, where the Lord first called my husband to ministry. It was in Kenya, where the Lord solidified our call to adoption. It was in Kenya, He started teaching us to prioritize our lives to honor Him. The Lord tied our hearts to this country.

Most recently, I have joined the American staff of African Christian Outreach. I leave September 28 to spend 2 weeks in Kenya working along side our Kenyan staff to vision forecast, plan and pray for the next steps the Lord wants us to take in East Africa and beyond. Kenya is most commonly known for child slavery, orphans, poverty and most recently- terrorism. But Kenya is also a beautiful country, rich in color, love, and flavor.

I am certain your taste buds will love this authentic Kenyan dish as much as I do. 
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Kenyan Chicken Curry
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Kenyan Chicken Curry
  1. 3 pounds chicken
  2. 1 yellow onion, chopped
  3. 2 hot chili pepper, minced (add an extra pepper for more heat)
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh garlic
  5. 2 tablespoons ginger (I prefer fresh ginger)
  6. 1/4 cup olive oil
  7. 1 tablespoon curry powder
  8. 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  9. 2 cups tomato sauce
  10. 2 cups coconut milk
  11. 1/2 cup cilantro
  1. In a blender or food processor, mix together onion, chilies, garlic and ginger. Mix/blend/process until all the lumps are gone and the sauce is smooth.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add processed sauce, cumin and curry powder to the warm olive oil stirring frequently to heat thoroughly and prevent burning.
  4. Mix in the tomato sauce and allow to simmer over low heat for an additional 5 minutes.
  5. Finally add in the raw chicken and coconut milk. Keep cooking temperature on low, stir well and cover.
  6. Cook until chicken is thoroughly done and tender anywhere from 30-60 minutes.
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My mouth is literally watering just thinking about all of the flavor in this chicken dish. I love spicy food, my husband not so much. I tell him often that he has a “baby mouth”. If you also have the spice capacity of an infant, then back off on the hot chili peppers. If you like to sweat while you eat, you will want to add all three. 
Kenyan Coconut Rice
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  1. 2 cups long-grain rice
  2. 2 teaspoons sea salt
  3. 2 cups coconut milk
  4. 1 1/2 cups water
  5. 2 tablespoons coconut milk for extra flavor
  1. Mix together rice, coconut milk, water and sea salt in a large pan.
  2. Cook rice mixture over medium heat until it is boiling, stirring occasionally.
  3. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer until the rice is done, approximately 20-25 minutes.
  4. Before serving rice, add in the additional 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and fluff with a fork.
  1. Spoon the Coconut Rice onto a plate and top with a heaping spoonful of Kenyan Chicken Curry.
  2. Serve and eat while warm.
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If you are quick in the kitchen, you should have about 15-20 minutes of down time while you wait for each dish to completely cook. This would be the perfect time for you to visit www.acokenya.org. (Yes, I know. Shameless plug.) You can learn more about our ministry in East Africa and learn how you can become a mission partner. If you would like to serve with us next summer, please contact me so that we can turn your hopes into a reality. 
Enjoy the aroma and flavor of East African cuisine. 


Getting to Know Your ARWB Foodies What food reminds you of childhood? 
Growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandparents. They gardened and my grandmother refused to buy anything she could grow herself. When I think of my favorite childhood foods I remember my taste buds falling in love with fried okra, corn bread, turnip greens, squash and eggplant. These aren’t typical foods that kids love but I have fond memories of sitting at the kitchen table with my grandparents and them being so proud of me for trying their vegetables. I have always wanted to cook like my grandmother. I think she is a big reason I enjoy cooking for my family now.
 What is your favorite international cuisine?
My favorite international cuisine is sushi. Hands down. I love fish and seafood, but when I think of Japenese cuisine I also think of art. It is as satisfying for me to look at, as it is for me to eat.

What is always in your refrigerator at home?
My refrigerator always has eggs, bacon, vegetables and apples. I can pretty much mix together a fast meal with these ingredients. Fast dinner ideas are a staple for our busy family. 

What is your most used cookbook?
My most used cookbook is the one my grandmother made for me. It is a purple 3 ring binder a spiral notebook and post it notes used as divider tabs. She added recipes for my most favorite foods and gave me space to add more o my favorite recipes. I cherish my cookbook. 

What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
Ha! My favorite kitchen gadget is my coffee pot. There are seasons in life where my coffee pot has by far been used more than anything else: colicky babies, my husband in seminary, a toddler with sleep disorders. A coffee maker is an absolute necessity. 

Do you have a favorite food indulgence?  
I love having the opportunity to have a date night with my husband and visiting new restaurants. We do not do it often, but we both love visiting restaurants that are making a name for themselves locally by hiring top chefs and creating unique food and flavor combinations. 

What is your go-to ingredient that you use time and time again?
Garlic. Fresh or ground garlic is used almost daily in my kitchen. 

What is your favorite food meal to cook at home?
I love making large meals for my family. All of my kids are great chicken eaters so I enjoy finding new recipes for chicken, making green beans with bacon, creamed potatoes, and adding fresh fruits. This type of meal gets everyone in my family excited to eat since it consists of their favorites. 
What is a cooking tip that you would like to share with beginning cooks?
 If you can read you can cook. Do not be afraid to try spices and dishes. Find cookbooks and websites that offer meals you enjoy eating and begin there. 

When you’re not cooking, what are your favorite pastimes?
I’m a mom to 4,  a business owner and a missions advocate. My husband works full time and is also a bivocational church plant pastor. Our lives feel like a merry-go-round most of the time. So, I think taking time for myself is very important (although rare at times). My favorite hobby is running. It is therapy for me. It relieves stress, helps me feel better and encourages me to fuel my body better as well. 

What else would you like us to know about you?
I am thankful for the opportunity to share some of my favorite recipes with you.

Connect with Katie:

African Christian Outreach
Renew Church


ARWB member Katie Clifton is a native Arkansan. She serves as the Missions Advocate for African Christian Outreach and is a church planting pastor’s wife at Renew Church in Benton. Katie advocates for adoption and building bridges for interracial unity within her community. She is a Jesus lover, writer, speaker and lover of all things flea market. You can find Katie’s writing at Mire and Manna.
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