Hot Coconut V-8

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When the afternoon is long

and dinner is late,

a warm V-8

makes your innards feel great.

A hot coconut V-8 is one of my favorite afternoon snacks to eat at work because the ingredients are easy to store in my office and the fridge.

There’s no recipe. Just pour an 11.5 ounce can of V-8 (I prefer low-sodium) into a large microwaveable mug along with a short squirt of cream of coconut (not to be confused with coconut milk). It’s rich, so I only use about 1 1/2 teaspoons. Season with a generous sprinkle of garam masala, a spice mixture that’s available at Indian markets but also many regular supermarkets. Another option is to mix the garam masala yourself (google it) or leave it out completely.

Microwave for 2 minutes on HIGH or until hot. Swish thoroughly with a spoon to distribute the heat before letting it pass your lips.

What you get is an Indian-inspired hot beverage that is slightly spicy, slightly sweet, slightly coconut-y, and very tomato-y. It’s about 135 calories per serving if you don’t go crazy with the cream of coconut.

If you care about such things, the side of the can of V-8 claims it contains two servings of vegetables. Seems to me like good medicine if your tummy has been complaining about too many holiday treats here lately.

p.s. I buy pourable cream of coconut at Target and Walmart. You can use the canned, but it’s not as convenient if you are making this at work.

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Ann @ Dinner Is Served December 29, 2013 at 8:07 am

Paula – I am always in need of a mid afternoon pick me up at work, so will definitely give this a try. I love tomato juice but never thought to heat it up and the coconut cream/garam masala sounds like an interesting combination. Sure beats a bag of pretzels and a diet soda from the vending machine!

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Paula December 31, 2013 at 9:31 am

Yes, junk in the vending machines can be so tempting if you haven’t planned ahead.

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Rhonda January 5, 2014 at 12:23 pm

I’m a FAN!!! Took me a while to find the coconut cream, & I couldn’t find the brand you showed in the squeeze bottle, so I bought another brand. It was in a can similar to Eagle Brand condensed milk. I spooned it into a small jar for ease of use. I only had spicy V-8, which I love, so I went with that. Sweet AND spicy!!! YUMMY & warm in my tummy!! Didn’t measure, but thunk it could stand just a tad more of the coconut cream. Another good use for my jar of garam masala!!!!
THANKS for a recipe that will be well used!!!

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Paula January 6, 2014 at 7:05 am

Rhonda,
I’m so glad you tried it. I was hesitant about putting it on the blog but people at work are constantly asking about it so I thought maybe it would be helpful to a few people.

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