You Link It, We Make It Link Party #1 – Spicy, Double Coconut Green Bean Side Dish – Recipe Review

Posted in FOOD
on February 17, 2016

Hello and welcome to our newest venture, the You Link It, We Make It Link Party! This isn’t your average Recipe sharing link party – we’ve got a twist. Rather than us simply sharing our recipes with you, we’ll be making, and reviewing, our favorite recipes from those linked up each week!

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Here’s how it works

1. Link up your best recipes.
2. Each of our hosts will pick one recipe to make, review and share.
3. In addition, we will also pick an additional two features to be promoted and shared across our social media profiles. As a feature, you will also be invited to pin to our group Pinterest board!
Now, let’s meet the hosts of You Link It, We Make It!

Kim of Knock it Off Kim 

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Hi, I’m Kim and I like to share my adventures in decorating, crafting and cooking, with a little bit of “real” life thrown-in. I’m inspired by things all around me. I love to incorporate those inspirations into my daily life and hope to inspire you in return!

April of Uncookie Cutter

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I’m April, and I’m sharing my journey of fixing up our realtor described “uncookiecutter” house. I love to build furniture, crafts, home decor projects,  recipes – really anything to do with the home.  I love to try and recreate things in popular stores, with my own unique twist. Thanks for joining me on my journey!

My co-host, April, is one of my very favorite people – both in the blogging world and in “real life”, where we were friends first. She is amazingly talented with a Kreg jig – a talent I’m pretty envious of – she has excellent taste in food and in friends apparently! One of my most favorite things about her is her adventurous spirit, and that spirit also flows over into food – one of the many things we have in common. As a result, I am so, so excited to be working with her and can’t wait to see all of the new recipes and flavors we come across in the weeks to come and please make sure to stop over to Uncookie Cutter today to check out her recipe feature as well!


Given this is our first party, there were no links available to review or try, so we improvised!  As my first feature, I recreated a recipe from Leanne Brown’s Good and Cheap website and cookbook – Spicy, Double Coconut Green Beans.  Spicy, Double Coconut Green Beans is a side dish that is quick and easy to make. It’s incredibly versatile – Serve it fancy when needed, or as a fast weekday dinner side. No matter when you serve it, expect an explosion of flavors and unexpected textures that come from a very simple dish.

Leanne has the coolest story, and I’m excited to support her efforts by giving a mention to the program she’s created to combat hunger in America. I love that Leanne originally wrote Good and Cheap as her thesis. I’m infatuated with her turning that work into a free PDF cookbook for low-income and Food Stamps recipients, that she then distributed into the right hands. I adore that she then took the idea and expanded on it by starting a project to fund a print run of Good and Cheap on a buy one, give one basis. And, without a doubt, I certainly fancy the fact that she’s Canadian.. because we are the coolest peeps around!  But.. back to the green beans.

The flavors in this recipe caught me entirely by surprise. For starters, never in a million years did I ever think of pairing green beans with jalapeno or roasted coconut – I wish I had thought of it, because I’d have been eating it then! The jalapeno is caramelized with shallots in coconut butter – I used very thinly sliced onion – gave just the littlest hint of a spicy bite. The beans are broiled with coconut flakes – I used unsweetened by Bob’s Red Mill – that provides just a tiny bit of sweetness. The coconut milk adds a creaminess and cuts some of the heat of the spice.

Shay is not a coconut lover and was pretty wowed by this dish. I would definitely make it again! 

The recipe is available on her website. The.pdf can be download here, and the cookbook can be purchased on Amazon or any major retailer. I can honestly say there is not one recipe I’ve tried that did not surprise me, and I just love how versatile the recipes are, offering multiple substitution ideas. Some of my other favorites are her deconstructed cabbage rolls (available in the .pdf and the cookbook) and the broccoli and cheddar empanadas.  Both are huge hits around here. I hope you will give this a try and that you like it as much as I do!

Now, your turn to share!

Party Rules:

  1. Follow your hosts on social media.
  2. Link up one of your favorite recipes.
  3. Please hop around and check out some other recipes – share the love!
  4. Grab a button and/or link back to one of our sites on your post or on your link party page. 

We, in turn:

1. Will make one recipe from those linked up each week to make and feature, and will share our own personal pictures of our result. We will also pick two additional recipes each to feature. All six features will be shared out through our social media accounts. All recipe owners will be invited to pin to our group Pinterest board. Please note, linking up gives your hosts permission to share your photo and your recipe across social media, with proper credit of course.

Let’s party!

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4 Comments

  • Mom on the Move

    This is such a fun idea! Love it!

    February 19, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply
    • Mom on the Move

      Will you have this weekly?

      February 19, 2016 at 5:58 pm Reply
    • admin

      Yes! We are super excited about it! Thanks for participating this week! Hopefully we will see you next week!

      February 21, 2016 at 2:43 pm Reply
  • Treat and Trick

    Great concept and I want to try this…

    February 21, 2016 at 2:59 am Reply
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