Coconut milk is some kind of wonderful. However, due to the recent discovery by PETA that a Thai company was abusing monkeys by forcing them to pick coconuts from the trees. “The animals were kept tethered, chained to old tires, or confined to cages barely larger than their bodies, deprived of any semblance of a life,” said PETA.
Any coconut milk purchased from Chaokoh, and other Thai coconut milk producers, represents the misery of a chained-up monkey,” according to PETA EVP Tracy Reiman. Thanks to PETA’s efforts, Kroger, Albertsons, Safeway, Wegmans, Costco, Target, Food Lion, and Stop & Shop have suspended the sale of Chaokoh coconut milk.
Other brands, located in Thailand, use this same horrid practice, but PETA investigations revealed that is only happening in Thailand. A good rule of thumb is to avoid any canned coconut milk from Thailand.
This dish can be used with different vegetables. And if you are not a fan of Herbs de Provence, feel free to substitute cumin/oregano/garlic powder.
MUSHROOMS! They are not plants but specifically members of the fungi family and are more closely related to animals and humans with their unique composition. Mushrooms get their nutrition from organic matter, unlike plants that produce their food through photosynthesis. And, like humans, they need food, water, and oxygen to survive. Another fun note is that fungi are the most significant forms of life on earth that can grow and expand for miles, underground, in search of food.
There are so many varieties available and, I recommend using a combination of at least 3 different types of mushrooms with this recipe.
Mushrooms also provide antioxidants and nutrients that may contribute to heart health and protect the body from certain cancers.
These mushrooms are excellent served with freshly made garlic toasts but are also great stuffed into a pita pocket and topped with a dash of vegan parmesan or tzatziki.
Summer brings long days, beautiful sunshine, replenishing rain, and amazingly delicious vegetables. I used dried parsley and oregano but you can substitute fresh if you have some on hand.
This dish really is great as a main with a side salad for a delicious and fulfilling dinner or, if you are super hungry, you can always mix it with pasta, rice, or as a bruschetta.
The Parmesan shreds are optional, but I highly recommend using them!