Cooking with Coconut Oil Cookbook Review

Cooking with Coconut Oil

{Disclaimer: I received a copy of Cooking with Coconut Oil to review. I received no other compensation for this post. All opinions are my honest opinion.}

I have a jar of coconut oil sitting in my cupboard. I’ve wanted to incorporate coconut oil into my cooking, both because of the flavor (yum coconut flour) and the health benefits associated with coconut oil. However, aside from a failed attempt at oil pulling, my use of coconut oil has been minimal. I wasn’t quite sure how to best work it into my meals.

Thank goodness for Elizabeth Nyland‘s Cooking with Coconut Oil. I was excited to receive a copy of her cookbook to review. This is a jam-packed little cookbook, full of gluten-free and grain-free recipes.

It’s a great intro to the Paleo lifestyle however you do not have to be paleo to use this cookbook. I’m not and I found many of these recipes super easy and approachable. Like this roasted broccoli, bacon and sunflower salad. I mean, it was delicious.

roasted broccoli bacon sunflower seed salad

Or these fried plantains. I do love fried plantains but the coconut oil added a more complex dimension to the flavor and a bit of sweetness.

fried plantains

My favorite dish from the cookbook was this sweet potato crusted quiche with spinach and tomatoes. The sweet potato made a great substitute for the typical grain-based crust and it was equally delicious.

Other great recipes include cauliflower crusted pizza, baked salmon with blueberry sauce, pork chops and apple compote, chocolate brownie caramel cups, maple bacon chocolate chip cookies and more!

sweet potato crusted quiche

Here’s the low-down on Cooking with Coconut Oil:

  • It covers a great variety of dishes including breakfast, sides, salads, mains, snacks and desserts. The recipes are interesting and innovative and not just your standard (and tired) ingredient and flavor combinations.
  • There are tips for committing to the Paleo lifestyle.
  • While the recipes in this cookbook are in line with the Paleo lifestyle, I wouldn’t necessarily have known that if it wasn’t explicitly stated or I didn’t know that Elizabeth followed a Paleo diet. All of the recipes look amazing.
  • I did adapt some of the recipes for my own dietary needs but it was easy to substitute and swap ingredients.
  • Coconut oil adds a bit of sweetness to the dish. I loved it but my husband was less than enthusiastic. He found the flavor to be very prominent. Just something to be aware of in case you don’t have a coconut over in the household.

If you’re looking for ideas for how to incorporate coconut oil into your cooking or your curious to try the Paleo diet or your just looking for some good recipes, I do recommend checking out Cooking with Coconut Oil.

Do you cook with coconut oil?

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  1. says

    I love using coconut oil in my cooking! I just posted a recipe makeover for honey mustard chicken using coconut oil in place of the honey…it has the same sweetness, but not so overpowering!
    That quiche looks delicious!
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  2. says

    We do cook a lot with it – even just eggs or homemade popcorn.
    Sometimes the smell off-puts me, but it’s the same thing with butter cooking and I love butter! Something about food cooked in high heat oils turns my stomach. Mostly when I’m pregnant only, though!
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  3. says

    I’ve never used coconut oil but I keep seeing recipes for it so maybe I should.
    The other day I was getting my hair done and my hair dresser had a jar of it on her station. I asked her about it and she said she has been using it on her clients with eczema or psoriasis – a little bit massaged into the scalp a couple times a week helps a lot, I guess.
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  4. says

    I cook with coconut oil all the time! Even eggs and chicken. It’s really nice to make roasted brocoli with. At times, I’ve substituted it for butter in baking, and the result is just as good. The best part about cooking with coconut oil is that whatever you get on your fingers you can just rub into your skin :)
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