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VeeJay 05-14-2012 14:56

Coconut Manna
 
I have been experimenting with Coconut Manna and have come to the conclusion that this is a WONDERFUL product for the dairy-free low-carber.

Right out of the jar - not so good. BUT, mixed 50/50 with coconut oil (both products need to be room temp to mix easily) it makes a versatile spread. I now have a jar of this mixture in my cupboard to use when and how I want.

Add flavoring and sweetening - a sweet spread for crackers.

Spread out and refrigerate - cut up in squares - candy! I just made some lemon drops - small spoonfulls (I added sweetener and lemon juice).

Then using just the coconut manna alone, mixed 50/50 with something else fatty (sweetened and flavored) and you have another lovely taste treat. With peanut butter - peanutbutter fudge. With immitation cream cheese - you have "cheesecake" - top with Walden Farms fruit spread - oh, this is really good!

The manufacturer says coconut manna can be used as a yogurt substitute. I haven't yet tried it in baking, but that's to come.

VeeJay 05-14-2012 15:29

Another spread - and hand lotion
 
For a long time now I have kept a jar of 50/50 coconut oil/olive oil in the refrigerator. It is a nice butter substitute - but is better, I think, on a hot item where it melts into it. I keep it in the refrigerator so the olive oil doesn't separate out of the mixture.

Another nice thing about this "spread" is that it's a great lotion for my hands. When in the kitchen I wash my hands often, and I can rub a little of it into my hands - and since it's all foodstuffs, there's no danger of adding chemicals into the food.

VeeJay 05-14-2012 15:56

I see I repeated myself. Oh well. Another "senior moment".

TG71 05-14-2012 16:19

Question, what is total carb per day should we have? Is 130 carbs per day ok?

VeeJay 05-14-2012 16:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by TG71 (Post 97867)
Question, what is total carb per day should we have? Is 130 carbs per day ok?

TG - I see you are new to the forum. You might want to start a new thread with your question,, rather than tacking it on a thread of a different subject. You'll get better response that way.

WV Mom 05-15-2012 00:20

Quote:

Originally Posted by TG71 (Post 97867)
Question, what is total carb per day should we have? Is 130 carbs per day ok?

Quote:

Originally Posted by VeeJay (Post 97872)
TG - I see you are new to the forum. You might want to start a new thread with your question,, rather than tacking it on a thread of a different subject. You'll get better response that way.

Yes, please TG, start a new thread. I'd like to discuss this.

VeeJay 05-25-2012 15:24

Earth Blalance Coconut Spread
 
I found a new dairy-free product. Earth balance organic coconut spread, made with coconut oil, palm oil, and canola oil.

The consistency is semi-hard refrigerated (harder than tub margarine, but not quite as hard as cold butter - softens quite a bit when brought to room temp).

I tried frying with it - has a much milder flavor than coconut oil by itself and didn't mask the flavor of the food I was frying with a strong coconut flavor/smell.

I have used it as a spread - sort of bland, actually. I've added a flavor and sweetened it for a sweet spread for muffins and it's good that way.

It has a fairly good balance of fats: 5g sat. fat, 4g monosaturated fat, and 1.5g polyunsat. fats. (Yes, it has PUFAs from the canola oil, but it's fairly low - one has to compromise sometimes.)

Anyway, it's a nice alternative to beef tallow for me.

VeeJay 06-06-2012 20:33

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Originally Posted by diabetesblast (Post 101633)
I am a big fan of the Paleo diet. There are a few books out there on it. The best one I have read is by Rob Wolf.

Blast... do you have a particular favorite meal that is dairy-free?

Abra 06-28-2012 06:55

An interesting thread that I've somehow overlooked until now. I've been doing dairy free for a week now, trying to see whether that thing about dairy protein and insulin might be true for me. No conclusions yet, but I'm happy to have found this thread for moral support. Giving up dairy is difficult.

ShottleBop 07-09-2012 05:16

I started dairy-free last December, when I had my stent inserted. My typical breakfast is an avocado, a minimally-processed chicken sausage (Trader Joe's spicy jalapeno is a favorite, as is Adell's green chile-and-habanero), a couple of handfuls of raw greens (Trader Joe's Southern greens blend (mustard/turnip/spinach/collard), kale, collard, or mustard, depending on what's fresh), and some coffee--sometimes with coconut oil, sometimes with unsweetened cocoa powder and some Torani's SF syrup, sometimes with coconut oil AND the cocoa and sweetener).

Lunch: often a tin of smoked sardines (less often, smoked oysters) packed in olive oil, more greens (and/or almonds or roasted pumpkin seeds) and a 1/2 oz. or an oz. of unsweetened baking chocolate). If I'm eating out: there is a French cafe in our building that serves a French tuna salad (tuna, parsley, salt, onion, olive oil) over mixed greens with a few slices of tomato and cucumber; there is a restaurant across the street that serves a spinach salad with mushroom, red onions, and bacon (which I order without croutons or poppyseed dressing, and dress with olive oil); there is a place where I'll order a couple of fried eggs and a side order of sausage; or a Cobb salad without cheese; or an omelet and sliced tomatoes (avocado and Canadian bacon is a favorite); it's also easy to find grilled salmon over a mix of lettuces, or a burger patty with a side salad.

Dinner: sometimes an omelet, if I haven't had my eggs for the day, often with turkey bacon; sometimes Trader Joe's ahi tuna steak; sometimes burger meat; sometimes steak; all over mixed lettuce greens; sometimes with sauteed Southern blend greens (which sautee very nicely with TJ's uncured bacon ends and pieces). Broccoli, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts (preferably coated with olive oil and salted, then roasted). Dessert is almost invariably homemade coconut cream ice cream (a liter of Aroy-D coconut cream from 99 Ranch Market, 3 or 4 eggs, and flavoring, mixed and poured into single-serving freezer containers).

Snacks: I keep pork rinds in the cupboard; also a variety of Trader Joe's nuts (Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts), unsweetened baking chocolate, 85%-cacao dark chocolate. A few slices of pepperoni or salami work nicely as well.


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