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so last year i had the privilege of traveling to hawaii for work.  man that place has a lot of rainbows.  i mean like every day another rainbow, sometimes two and sometimes DOUBLE RAINBOWS.

and even better than rainbows was coconut rice we were served at a little restaurant in haleiwa.  many a night i have spent dreaming about that rice and i finally decided to take it upon myself and give it a go. because i am so sophisticated and also a fan of making easy stuff super hard, i traded rice for risotto. sophisticated, right? the good news: not complicated. not at all!

what you’ll need:
• 1 cup arborio rice
• 2 cups water
• 2 teaspoons coconut oil – it kind of looks like lard and tastes like suntan lotion, but strangely i find it super useful so get yo-self some!
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 1 cup coconut milk
• 2 tablespoons honey

what to do:
• in a saucepan over medium heat add risotto and coconut oil
• stir the risotto, coating it well with the oil for about a minute
* add the water, stir and bring to a boil.  cook uncovered for about ten minutes or until most of the water is absorbed.  no need to stir.

once that h2o is almost gone:
•  add in the coconut milk, vanilla and honey.  stir again.
• reduce heat to low and cover.  cook about 5 to 10 more minutes so that all of the liquid is absorbed. now, eat up!

* i served mine with wilted baby bok choy and roasted pork loin, but there are about 150 thousand ways to eat these. a few of my favorites are . . .

breakfast: with toasted almonds, a dollop of yogurt and a drizzle of honey

lunch: use the stickiness to your advantage and turn’em into risotto burgers.  fry’em up i a pan and serve on a leaf of butter lettuce with a slice of red onion and avocado

dinner: as a perfect side dish to pork, tofu, chicken or roasted veggies

dessert: top with stewed vanilla peaches, toasted coconut and whipped cream!

{ column + photos by jen gotch, design by designlovefest – more of these delicious recipes here! }


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    robbie. says:

    that looks incredible!!!! I can’t wait to try it 🙂

    Abby says:

    this sounds delicious! What a perfect, easy recipe to whip up during a warm balmy day!

    Kristi says:

    How necessary do you think the honey is? Do you think it can be made without?

    jen says:

    hi kristi! you can totally make it without honey. if you still want it to be sweet, you can use sugar or agave. happy cooking!

    CherryPop says:

    Okay :
    01. I love the dishes and napkin*

    kristina says:

    oh wow this looks good.

    adrienne says:

    sounds delicious, bri!

    Gabrielle says:

    MmmmmMMMMM. MmmmmMmmmMmmmmMmmmmMmmmm.

    Sarah says:

    I am a big fan of rice. It’s delicious! This would be such a good way to surprise guests. Thinking it’s “bland rice” (although there’s no such thing) and fining out it was awesome coconut! Sweet.

    yvonne says:

    This is the best recipe on the blog yet! I might have to try it tonight. Bravo!

    This is such a great idea. I love making risotto, people always think it’s so much harder than it actually is, so you get extra credit at dinner parties! I will definitely try this. Anything with coconut!

    Alexis says:

    Yuuum! I adore risotto and even though I live in Hawaii I had never thought to try some coconut risotto. Thank you so much for sharing such a great recipe!

    Becky says:

    Just bought oodles of veggies and new foods to cook with. Coconut has also been on my mind lately. Oh how fitting this is.

    Adding coconut milk to rice instantly makes me feel like I’m on vacation. And it makes the most heavenly rice pudding. Will never make rice pudding without using coconut milk ever again!

    So tropical! This will likely be a summertime staple.

    kate hart says:

    this sounds fantastic!! mmm, serving it with bok choy sounds so good. so does a dessert w/ peaches! must. make. this.

    Pink Ronnie says:

    Jen, I could eat this right now! I love how you’ve paired this with boy choy and roast pork.
    Ronnie xo

    This looks really delicious, will definitely try it soon!

    No way! I lived in Hawaii and know exactly which place you are talking about! We probably ate their twice a week. I live in California now. Every time my husband goes back for a surf weekend, I beg him to bring me a plate of this coconut rice back! Thanks so much for the recipe. You made my day!

    We probably ate THERE….sorry, had to correct my spelling. Must be better at editing! 🙂

    Andrea says:

    Oooo where I Haliewa? Did you have pie at Teds while you were their? Chocolate haupia pie – I want you in me. Darn. Now I want to be in Hawaii.

    After Taste says:

    Looks fantastic. Bet it is scrumptious!

    kate says:

    OH YES. great recipe.

    Monique says:

    Just so in love with this recipe. Thank you!

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