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Healthy Colombian Coconut Rice with Salmon & Salad

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My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

Tonight’s dinner was inspired by my recent trip to Colombia. After spending a few days in Cali, I headed to San Andres Island where I had the most flavorful rice I’ve ever tasted – arroz con coco! It’s both sweet and savory.

In some dishes, coconut rice is so sweet it’s like a dessert, and in other dishes, it’s much more salty and savory (with a hint of sweet).  It’s often or best paired with seafood.

Suffice to say, I’ve been craving it ever since I touched back down in the United States, so I got cooking in the kitchen to make my own calorie conscious version which is actually a pretty darn good meal prep recipe.

Here’s my delicious journey below!

HEALTHY COLOMBIAN COCONUT RICE RECIPE (VEGAN)

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Healthy Colombian Coconut Rice with Salmon & Salad

Ingredients

for 15 servings (of about 1/3 cup each):

  • 1 can (13.5oz) lite coconut milk
  • 2 cups long grain brown rice, uncooked
  • 1 teaspoon stevia in the raw (OR 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or raw cane sugar)
  • 1/3 cup raisins, optional
  • 1 teaspoon allspice * (optional, my addition)
  • 3 cups of water
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish:
    • coconut flakes
Steps
  1. Set a large pan/pot on low heat and add about 3/4 of the lite coconut milk (make sure the majority of the fat gets added first).  Bring it to a simmer and continuously stir.  As the liquid reduces, you’re left with a thick coconut paste.  Continue stirring, scraping the pan to prevent any sticking, and keeping it on low heat.  Once the paste begins to curdle and turn brown, then it’s ready.  This should take about 25 minutes. Be patient – it’s worth it!
  2. Add the brown rice, raisins and the remaining coconut milk.  Give it a good stir for about 3 minutes, then add the stevia (or coconut/cane sugar) and a little allspice if desired. Cover and cook for about 20 minutes until the rice is fluffy.  Note: add more water as needed to ensure the rice cooks and does not burn.  
  3. Season to taste with sea salt & pepper and garnish.

 

for 1 of 15 servings

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Calories
119
Protein
2g
Fat
2g
Carbs
22g
Sodium
-
Fiber
1g
Sugar
2g
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GRILLED SALMON RECIPE

Ingredients

for 3 servings:

  • three 6oz wild salmon filets, raw
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 pinch of sea salt, 3 pinches of pepper
  • grapeseed or olive oil spray
Steps
  • Season the salmon with the seasonings, then set a nonstick skillet on medium heat.  Spray it with olive oil or grapeseed oil, then add the salmon filets once it’s hot.  Sear the salmon on both sides for about 4 to 5 minutes each, careful not to let it burn or stick to the skillet.  Use the fat from the salmon as gravy and bathe the salmon in it while it cooks.
  • Once the salmon is cooked to desired readiness, remove it from the heat.
Calories
241
Protein
34g
Fat
-
Carbs
0g
Sodium
-
Fiber
0g
Sugar
0g
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MIXED SALAD WITH ORANGE DIJON VINAIGRETTE RECIPE

Ingredients

for 1 serving:

  • 1 cup mixed greens
  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • 5 cherry tomatoes, sliced in halves
  • 1/3 cup cucumber slices
  • 1/3 cup red onion slices
  • Vinaigrette:
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
    • juice from 1/2 orange or tangelo
  • Garnish
    • cracked pepper
Steps
Calories
81
Protein
1g
Fat
0g
Carbs
15g
Sodium
-
Fiber
3g
Sugar
9g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.