We’re crazy about coconut milk. Why, you ask? Well, this ingredient, which you can easily pick up at the grocery store, is kind of like our secret weapon. It has a subtle flavor and isn't sweet, making it ideal to use in everything from entrées to desserts. And despite being rich, the stuff won't weigh you down. It's full of healthy fats, unlike some other ingredients. (We're looking at you, heavy cream.) If that's not reason enough, try one of these five recipes to get a taste of what it's like to cook with coconut milk.

1. Coconut Creamed Spinach

Coconut milk replaces heavy cream in this update to the classic side dish. Plus, a pinch of cayenne pepper gives just the right amount of kick.

2. Coconut Pops

Pour the simple mixture into a mold and freeze. Then kick up your feet and pretend you’re on the beach.

3. Chicken Satay with Coconut-Peanut Sauce

Double-dipping the rich, creamy sauce is highly encouraged.

4. Thai Coconut Curry Hummus

Everyone's favorite dip gets a boost from red curry and coconut milk.

5. Coconut Curried Soba Noodle Soup

Light buckwheat soba noodles in a creamy coconut broth makes a soup fit for any season.

Have extra coconut milk?

Try this pina colada recipe

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