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5 Tasty Coconut Oil Recipes & Their Benefits

Baked Squash with Vegetables Add some coconut oil to your dinner with this yummy vegetable dish.

I love the sweet vegetables in this meal! So very yummy and so many Powerfoods in just one meal. Another great thing I like about this meal is that it is so simple to prepare and uses just one dish, which really minimizes the clean up.


1 medium squash
2 sweet potatoes
2 medium carrots
2 parsnips
10 very small onions or cut up one big onion
3 – 7 cloves garlic, sliced (optional)
1 tsp rosemary
3 tbsp. coconut oil
Salt to taste
Black pepper to taste (optional)


1. Cut carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes and squash into 2 inch pieces.
2.    Remove skins from onions and leave whole.
3.    Place all vegetables into a glass casserole dish.
4.    Mix in sliced garlic, rosemary, coconut oil or ghee, and sprinkle with salt.
5.    Bake in 400º F oven for 45 to 60 minutes till tender.
6.    Stir occasionally while baking.

Now you have 5 recipes that you can play with–making variations with each one for variety and fun. Please experiment, adding your favorite ingredients for a tasty experience.

You may have noticed that there is only a little coconut oil in each recipe. Note that 1 tablespoon has 120 calories.  We need just a little each day–without the excess calories–unless you need to gain weight.

For more on when and how to use coconut oil and when other oils are more appropriate, clicking on this link: How to Use Coconut Oil.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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7:53PM PDT on Sep 16, 2014

Awesome! I love coconut!

10:16PM PDT on Apr 8, 2014

great article

7:41PM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Very interesting recipes featuring coconut. The quinoa pudding certainly looks interesting as do the rest of the recipes.

7:41AM PDT on Mar 9, 2014

Already using my organic oil. Love it on the griddle for pancakes and grilled cheese. Thanx for reminding me to bake my veggies with some today!!!

11:52AM PST on Mar 8, 2014

I replaced the butter in the crust of my favorite Lemon Bar recipe with coconut oil and they've never been better! And I loooove how fluffy omlettes are when cooked with coconut oil!

5:44PM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Marvelous!. So many tasty recipes, thanks a lot!

2:26AM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Coconut oil good for cholesterol....???????

3:10PM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Thank you

5:53AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Going to try a couple of these recipes. Thanks!

9:02PM PDT on Sep 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing this

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