Used Coconut Aminos (286/366)

286CoconutAminosTop“Make hunger thy sauce, as a medicine for health.”
~ Thomas Tusser

Another Paleo post!  You should be used to it by now.  Ha ha ha.

Paleo eating cuts out grains and legumes because their nutritional content isn’t dense enough to make up for the inflammatory response these foods create in our bodies.  I get that.  We try not to eat much bread, or pasta, we haven’t had cereal in the house in ages … and even our precious rice, we hardly eat anymore.  It’s not hard to give up tofu, as really, it’s just a substitute for meat anyway (ha ha ha!), but soy sauce?!  I even just made Soy Sauce Chicken for the first time!  Ugh.  What else can I use for that sweet, salty, “umami” flavor I love so much?

Here’s where Coconut Aminos comes in.  Before this got to the market, Paleo eaters (myself included) were using Wheat-Free Tamari, which took care of the wheat content in most soy sauces, but not the soy part.  The thinking was at least it was the lesser of two evils, and a small amount of the daily diet.  But with Coconut Aminos, made from the sap of the coconut tree, there is no soy or wheat to be found.  Cool!

But how does it taste?  I decided to make a dish today and find out.

I had some chicken drumsticks to use up, so I decided to throw together a quick Chicken Adobo type dish.  I did a 1:1 ratio of Coconut Aminos to Apple Cider Vinegar, threw in a few bay leaves, some crushed garlic, and peppercorns.
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To this, you add the chicken, and let it all marinate together for a few hours.  After that, you normally bring it to a boil on the stove, then turn the heat down and let it simmer for about half an hour, covered – and then maybe 20-30 more minutes, uncovered to let the sauce thicken and finish cooking the chicken.  I decided to make it super Paleo by adding a can of coconut milk.
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The verdict?

Coconut Aminos is a winner!  It’s a bit sweeter than soy sauce, and a bit lighter (especially if you’re comparing it to the rich, somewhat thick, Chinese “Dark” soy sauce that’s frequently used in Chinese cooking).  The label on this bottle does say there is less sodium than regular soy sauce, so there’s that; but I do like the flavor, and also like the feeling that with all the health benefits touted with coconut nowadays, maybe using Coconut Aminos instead of soy or wheat-free tamari sauces could actually be good for us.  It’s like how we say when eating a buffalo burger (even when we add all the extras that we shouldn’t) – it’s basically health food.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!


Related Links:
Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos
Raw, Organic, Apple Cider Vinegar
Organic Coconut Milk
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