Vegans love plant-based foods, but often crave more flavor variety in their diet. Coconuts are often thought of as a dessert ingredient when they are a versatile meal option for both sweet and savory dishes. The basic coconut taste is not sweet and would not be unless a sweetener is added. Different varieties of coconut create a variety of effects. Coconut milk makes dishes creamy. Coconut shavings and chips can add texture or crunch. Flour and oil derived from coconuts are excellent for baking and frying. Coconuts are an excellent addition to any entrée to add a new level of flavor and texture.
Vegan Thai Coconut Vegetable Curry– Bursting with Indian flavors, this recipe is filling and only takes 30 minutes to prepare. The Thai red coconut curry sauce uses coconut milk.
Loaded Vegan Pot Pies– Flaky pastry made with coconut oil is paired with a flavorful veggie filling that mimics the classic. Each bite has a taste of the crust, sauce, and vegetables for a hearty, filling meal.
Vegan Coconut Vegetable And Mushroom Stir-fry– There’s no oil in this healthy dish, but plenty of fresh vegetables and a coconut milk-based sauce with just a hint of maple sweetness.
Coconut Flour Pizza Crust– Pizza is universally loved and perfectly customizable with countless vegan toppings. No traditional flour is used in this recipe, but wholesome coconut flour that offers a tasty alternative.
Coconut Curry Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps– Crunchy coconut chips pairs with coconut milk to create this handheld meal full of texture and flavor.
Mint Biryani With Garden Peas– Fresh mint with a variety of spices combined with shredded coconut and coconut oil create a well-rounded entrée. Peas add a pop of texture and variety.
Yi Jun Loh’s One-Pot Coconut Water ABC Soup– A good soup doesn’t need many ingredients. Simplicity makes the flavor of the ingredients stand out. Coconut water is the soup base with a variety of vegetable for added texture.
Coconuts are a versatile plant. They can be used in a wide variety of ways in and out of the kitchen. Savory entrées and sweet desserts all use coconut-based ingredients. Soups, salads, pizza, curries, stir-fry, rice dishes, and more can be the centerpiece of dinner. Coconut adds flavor, texture, and added nutrients to any vegan dish.