*This Giveaway is Closed*
In spite of its demonization in years past, coconut oil is actually a health food. Elizabeth Nyland, the woman behind the popular blog Guilty Kitchen understands this very well. In her new cookbook “COOKING WITH COCONUT OIL: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living” Elizabeth explains how finding out “fats are good for you” was a turning point in her relationship with food.
Elizabeth has done her research on not only the health benefits of coconut oil but has put it to delicious use in the recipes in her new cookbook. As the proud owner of this beautiful book I can tell you it is chock full of delicious, healthful, approachable recipes. One of the things I really love about “Cooking with Coconut Oil” is each recipe is accompanied by a gorgeous photograph.
Inside “COOKING WITH COCONUT OIL: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living” you will find more than 75 mouthwatering, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free coconut oil and coconut flour recipes. As an extra bonus you will find:
- Details on the health benefits of coconut oil
- An overview of key ingredients
- High level explanation of paleo as well as tips and tricks
Personally, this is my current favorite cookbook to share with loved ones just starting (or curious about) the paleo diet. It provides basic information on paleo as well as recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, treats and baked goods. It’s just enough without being overwhelming or intimidating.
One of my favorite recipes from the book is “Dark Chocolate Cherry Muffins”. I featured them in a recent post about Ovenart Bakeware. It was my guinea pig recipe with the silicone muffin cups. They were rich, delicious and easy. The coconut flour meant they were relatively low-carb and filled me up and kept me satisfied for hours.
Another recipe we tried was the “Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Apple Compote”. Gavin was the cook for that one and he did a masterful job (if he does say so himself). The pork chops were delectable. In fact, they were so mouthwatering I actually choked on a piece of the pork because I was eating it entirely too quickly. This entailed a trip to the emergency room! Yes, seriously. In my defense, I have a condition known as “Eosinophilic Esophagitis” which, according to my gastroenterologist, makes me more susceptible to choking – more on that in a future post. But suffice it to say, the pork chops, paired with a savory and sweet apple compote, were delicious and simple yet elegant. (NOTE: the pork chops will not induce choking in a normal human being who is not scarfing their food.)
Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Apple Compote
Pan-Fried Pork Chop with Apple Compote
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 75 mins
- Total Time: 1 hour 35 mins
- Yield: 4 1x
- Category: Main Dish
- Cuisine: American
- Apple Compote
- 1 small sweet onion, or 1/2 large onion, peeled and diced very finely
- 2 small tart apples (such as Pink Lady), peeled, cored, and diced very finely
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- Juice and zest of 1 lemon
- Pork Chop
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Sea salt and fresh-cracked pepper to taste
- 4 thick-cut pastured pork chops (loin or rib end)
- Make the compote: In a small saucepan, combine all compote ingredients and set over medium heat.
- Cook, stirring occasionally, 35 to 45 minutes, or until a sauce-like consistency is reached and apples and onions are soft.
- Meanwhile, make the pork chops: Preheat the oven to 400°F and place a heavy baking tray in the middle rack. In a heavy, cast-iron pan, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat.
- Season the chops on all sides with salt and pep- per. Place in hot pan and sear for 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to oven and allow to cook for approximately 10 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of chop reads 145°F.
- Serve compote over pork chops.
COOKBOOK GIVEAWAY!!! (This Giveaway is now over)
You can purchase “COOKING WITH COCONUT OIL: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living” through my (affiliate)* link OR you can enter to win a free copy by following instructions in the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post. The winner will be contacted within 24 hours of the end of the giveaway via the email they have provided. I will also make the announcement on Facebook. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck!
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I hope I’m commenting on the right thing. I would use the immersion blender for smoothies & soups.
I love all the giveaways happening lately. Best effect actually was discovering some awesome new blogs though 🙂 Anyway, really love cookbooks and would love this one…
Not sure about the bakeware, but I’d love to have the cookbook. Love coconut oil too!
Really enjoy this blog, the information is great, recipes i’ve tried turned out DELICIOUS & the photos are beautiful – thanks for sharing, my dear!
I love using coconut oil and would love to try a new cookbook dedicated to cooking with coconut oil.
I love real cookbooks, and read them cover to cover before I make any recipes. I may just have to dive into this one SOON!
I’ll use the bakeware to make a bunch of recipes from the book…! I bake a LOT for myself and hubby as he has Crohn’s and a ton of food issues. Cooking at home makes it so much safer. And having the correct tools (great recipes and cookware) makes it so much more FUN and enjoyable…!
The only oil we use is coconut oil….would LOVE to win this cookbook for some new recipes/ideas!
Bring on the coconut oil. I can’t get enough of it 🙂
C.O. is the only oil we use to cook with. (Olive oil is used only on salads, etc.)
My favorite use is in my coffee in the morning, but I love cooking with it and using it as a moisturizer and chapstick to 🙂
Most every day starts with a breakfast “egg-scramble” with fresh veggies and, of course lightly sauteed in coconut oil. Tastes great!
Love the idea and look of these recipes! NICE giveaway indeed. Pinned and tweeted too.
I love coconut anything!! Would love to win!
I have been using coconut oil for a few months now ,its a great product .
Just starting to explore a Paleo lifestyle
I would love to win the cookbook! I love to cook and bake and I’m always excited to add a new cookbook to my collection. And I use coconut oil ALL THE TIME. It would be a perfect fit. 🙂
I love coconut oil. I use it for moisturizer, in my coffee and in cooking. The cookbook looks great.
Just started to try cooking with it.
I use coconut oil in place of butter. This cookbook sounds great!
I have started using coconut oil for most of my cooking. I would love the cookbook for some fresh new recipes and ideas.
one of my favorite uses for coconut oil is making paleo chocolates. Yummy!
I love roasting squash (any type) with coconut oil. The flavor is fantastic!
I use coconut oil every night on my face and also in my homemade toothpaste 🙂
We use coconut oil for everything in our house!! Even my husband has grown to love it!!
I use coconut oil in most of my cooking.
I’d like to win because I’m trying to change the way my family eats and I need yummy recipes if I’m going to change the eating habits of my 14 & 12 year old sons!!!
I use coconut oil for cooking but it also makes a great makeup remover and moisturizer.
I use coconut oil for cooking and baking, homemade body care products, and would love to win some.
With all the allergies and sensitivities that my family has, I am always looking for ideas, Paleospirit helps me with that. Thanks
I haven’t cooked with Coconut Oil but would love this recipe book to help me trade out my “regular” cooking oil for Coconut Oil. It sounds so yummy! Thanks Paleo Spirit for making this offer possible.
I use coconut oil in all my baking.
I can taste some of the recipes now. Thanks for the giveaway!
Coconut oil is my very favorite! Except maybe ghee. I put both in my dandy blend tea in the morning and I use coconut oil almost exclusively for baking. So good!
I use coconut cream a lot (as a replacement for whipped cream, and blended in my coffee) and would love to get more info about using coconut oil! Great site, thanks for the great giveaway.
I love using coconut oil in my hair, it really helps define my curls. I also love using it in bulletproof coffee
We’re new to cooking with coconut oil and need some gorgeous, creative, delicious inspirtation!
LOVE coconut oil…use it for EVERYTHING. I do oil pulling, put some in my herbal tea, cook with it…
Love to learn new ways to use coconut oil!
My family has recently gone Wheat Free…Gluten free and I am learning everything I can about new cooking techniques and products…this would be great. We have found out that we feel so much better since we started going GMO Gluten Free…wheat free and are working on cutting out other things in our everyday life.
I would love the cookbook and more paleo recipes!
I use organic virign coconut oil in everything. I especially like cooking with it – frying eggs, making pancakes, baking, etc., and also use it in making my own lotions with shea butter. Great stuff! That’s why I would like this cookbook. :0 Thank you so much for sharing!
I’m a newbie… 6 weeks into my new Paleo Lifestyle – IT IS THE SINGLE BEST THING I’VE EVER DONE FOR MY BODY, MIND & SPIRIT! I lived in the Caribbean (Cayman Islands) for years & loved coconut water right of the trees, way before it was cool! I also remember watching my mom make her own coconut milk! I would so LOVE to win a coconut cookbook! I’d go nuts (coconuts) for this book!