New Uses for Everyday Ingredients

Pantry staples work wonders when used in new ways. Try these unexpected applications for everyday ingredients.

Light Coconut Milk Pancakes
Photo: Plamen Petkov

Light Coconut Milk

Make fluffy pancakes: Combine 4.5 ounces (1 cup) all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon sugar, 2 teaspoons baking powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Whisk together 1 cup light coconut milk, 1½ tablespoons canola oil, and 1 egg; combine with dry ingredients. Cook as usual for pancakes. Yield: 4 servings.

Blend up a smoothie: Place 1/2 cup frozen mango cubes, 1/3 cup light coconut milk, 1/4 cup nonfat coconut-flavored yogurt, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, and 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar in a blender; process until smooth. Yield: 1 serving.

Make coconut ice: Freeze coconut milk in ice-cube trays. Use the coconut cubes for margaritas on the rocks, rum and colas, or in place of regular ice for daiquiris or other slushy blended drinks.

Jazz up your morning cereal: Use a combination of coconut milk and dairy or soy milk to enliven your everyday breakfast bowl. Try a ratio of roughly 2 parts dairy or soy milk to 1 part light coconut milk for a hint of sweetness and a surprisingly nice hit of nutty essence.

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