Winter Veggies in Spiced Coconut Milk

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“The two basic items necessary to sustain life are sunshine and coconut milk.” ~ Dustin Hoffman

When I was a little girl, shivering in the winter cold as I waited for the schoolbus to arrive, I would tilt my face toward the sun, close my eyes, and imagine it was summer on the beach. I would hear the seagulls’ cry and the roar of the waves, feel the coarse sand beneath my bare feet and the tight feeling of my skin where the saltwater had dried, leaving a fine white dust behind. Most of all, I would feel the sun’s rays beating down on my body, warming me from the inside out. This recipe reminds me of those mornings. It’s a bowl of warmth in the winter time, with veggies the color of the rising sun.

I realize some of you might live in warmer climates where it’s spring already, but where I live, winter is holding, and I can’t get enough bowls of warm comfort. This recipe is so yummy, though, it’s enjoyable in any weather.


Adapted from Global Table Adventure. If you haven’t seen this blog, it’s wonderful: every week, she features the food of a different country. This recipe is from Papua New Guinea.


2 cups coconut milk (either homemade or additive-free)
4 cups cubed butternut squash
4 cups cubed golden beets
1 onion, chopped
1 Tbsp. coconut oil
3 cloves garlic, pressed
½ Tbsp. finely grated fresh ginger (I like this ginger grater)
8 oz. green beans (optional – omit for AIP)
sea salt, to taste


  1. If you’re making homemade coconut milk, make it first and set aside.
  2. Peel & cube the butternut squash and beets, making the beet cubes a little smaller than the squash. Steam both until almost tender. (Tip: if you find peeling butternut squash a challenge, this inexpensive peeler makes it easy!)
  3. In a medium saucepan, sauté the onions in coconut oil until soft. Add garlic and ginger and cook another minute.
  4. Add the coconut milk (and green beans if using). Bring to a gentle simmer.
  5. Finally, add the steamed squash and beets. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are soft and have absorbed most of the spiced coconut milk. This takes about 15 minutes, but you can also turn down the heat and allow it to soak in longer for added flavor.
  6. Salt to taste. (It doesn’t need much; it’s very flavorful on its own).

AIP Note: Although fresh peas and green beans are technically legumes, they don’t usually cause the digestive problems of the dried varieties. However, the Paleo Approach recommends avoiding them for the first 30 days as a precaution and then reintroducing. If this applies to you, this recipe will still taste delicious without them.

Looking for another delicious root vegetable recipe? Try
Roasted Beets and Carrots with Grapefruit Glaze

Roasted Beets and Carrots with Grapefruit Glaze

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16 thoughts on “Winter Veggies in Spiced Coconut Milk

  1. Oh my gosh this sounds delicious! I just received some coconut in the mail to try my hand at making homemade coconut milk. I think this recipe will be a perfect use for it! Thanks for sharing at what i am eating!

  2. Yummy!! I’m stopping by from Waste Not Want Not blog hop.
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  3. This sounds amazing! I’ve been eating lots of coconut milk and coconut oil since for some reason butter, lard, and broth just doesn’t tickle my fancy since becoming pregnant. Strange… anyways, I’ll be making my own version of this tomorrow with butternut squash, coconut oil, onions, kale, ginger, turmeric, garlic, salt n pepper. Thanks!

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  6. Fantastic! I plan on getting some golden beets this weekend at the co-op. I don’t like red beets much so I think these will be a welcome change in our kitchen.

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  9. This looks delicious, although I have a hard time finding golden beats where I live. Can I substitute with regular beets? Or what other vegetable do you recommend instead of them?


    • Hi Omar. You could substitute with regular beets, although it would change the color, turning everything red. That’s not a bad thing – just a different look. If you want to keep the “golden” look, you can substitute sweet potatoes or carrots.

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