15 Mar Avocado Wrap with Spicy Kimchi Dressing and Learn Why Avocados Can Help Protect Our Eyes!

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NUMEROUS SCIENTIFIC STUDIES NOW CONFIRM THAT A WHOLE FOODS DIET COMPRISED PRIMARILY OF VEGETABLES, FRUITS, GRAINS, LEGUMES, AND NUTS WITHOUT ADDED OIL, SUGAR, AND SALT IS OPTIMAL FOR HUMAN HEALTH, NOT ONLY PREVENTING A BROAD RANGE OF DISEASE AND ILLNESSES, BUT ALSO REVERSING SOME OF THE MOST DANGEROUS CHRONIC CONDITIONS.  THIS FINDING IS OF THE HIGHEST IMPORTANCE TO THE COMMONWEALTH BECAUSE IT COMMUNICATES A TRUTH THAT HAS THE POWER TO SAVE LIVES.”        
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Daytime Vegan Healthy Meal Plan #16

Breakfast: Pumpkin Pie Spiced Apple Smoothie
Lunch:  Creamy Avocado Wrap with Spicy Kimchi Dressing
Dinner: Cajun Corn Chowder with Seared Scallops

 

Daytime Vegan Meal Plan #16Pumpkin Pie Spiced Apple SmoothiePumpkin Pie Spiced Apple SmoothieCreamy Avocado Wrap with Spicy Kimchi DressingCreamy Avocado Wrap with Spicy Kimchi DressingCajun Corn Chowder Seared ScallopsCajun Corn Chowder Seared Scallops

So how many of you like avocados?  I used to HATE them.  There was something with the texture that always threw me off.  Avocados, yogurt, and cottage cheese were three things I could never eat growing up because the texture of them made me sick!

Are there some foods that you all don’t eat because you just don’t like the texture?!  I can’t be the only weirdo like this!!

As I got older I started trying more of the foods that I never liked growing up.  I figured if I was going to take this chef thing seriously then I can’t be a picky eater!  Avocados made it to the list about 2 or 3 years ago.  This was around the time I started researching the health benefits of plant foods and wanted to start eating healthier.

One of the things I learned about avocados is that they can help minimize damage to our eyes.  Avocados contain lutein and zeaxanthin which help to provide antioxidant protection.  Avocados may also help to reduce risk of Macular Degeneration, a disease that affects the retina in our eyes.

Also, if you are going to have fat in your diet, plant fats are the best option.  Avocados, coconuts, flax seeds, almonds; these plant fats are actually good for us in small amounts, so avocados are definitely great to add to your diet on a consistent basis (don’t eat 5 avocados a day or anything like that!  Moderation is key).  I eat avocados about every other day!  I loooove them now.

The Pumpkin Pie Spiced Apple Smoothie is great because it tastes SOOO GOOD, plus apples have a gazillion health benefits.  Apples ranked second highest for antioxidant activity compared to other commonly eaten fruits in the U.S.  Apples also contain loads of Vitamin C and have been linked to a decreased risk of stroke.

Now you’re asking “how in the world can scallops provide health benefits?!”.  Well, scallops are a great source of lean protein.  Eating 3 ounces of scallops could provide you with 18 grams of lean protein and only 1 gram of fat!  So eat up my lovelies!!  Eat up!  The Creamy Cajun Corn Chowder is addictive.  I’ve always loved creamy soups and sauces.  I actually used my cashew milk recipe in this dish, instead of half and half, to make it healthier.

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5.0 from 3 reviews
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Apple Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 2 apples, quartered, I used organic fujis
  • 1 banana
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger, chopped
  • 5 dates, pitted
  • 1 teaspoon apple pie spice
  • 1 ½ cups water, or 100% pure apple juice no sugar added
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the sweetness and consistency, if desired.
Notes
I don't peel or core my apples

5.0 from 3 reviews
Creamy Avocado Wrap with Spicy Kimchi Dressing
 
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 2 - 3
Ingredients
  • 1 cup vegan kimchi (check the ingredient label to ensure it's vegan)
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into strips, and ½ red bell pepper roughly chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • 2 – 3 tortillas, I use gluten free brown rice tortillas
  • 3 – 4 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 – 2 hass avocados, pitted and sliced
  • 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
Instructions
  1. Blend the kimchi, cashews, ½ red bell pepper, water, salt, and pepper until smooth. Add the green onions and pulse the blender for a second or two so there are specs of green onion throughout the sauce.
  2. To assemble, place some rice on your tortilla. Add your desired amount of avocado, bell pepper cut into strips, and lettuce. Drizzle with some of the dressing and roll your tortilla. Cut the tortilla in half if you'd like.
Notes
Kimchi can have a very strong smell. Make sure you bring some breath mints with you to work!!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Creamy Cajun Corn Chowder with Scallops
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2 - 3
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons cajun seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups half and half
  • 1 cup clam juice or seafood stock
  • 2 cups corn, fresh or frozen (thawed)
  • 1 teaspoon file powder (optional)
  • 6 sea scallops
  • green onions, chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Place a large pot on medium heat. Add the oil and cook the onion, bell pepper, garlic, old bay, cajun seasoning, lemon pepper, garlic powder, salt, and pepper for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables have softened.
  2. Add the half and half and clam juice/seafood stock. Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, or until it thickens slightly.
  3. Add the corn and file powder, if using. Simmer for another 5 minutes. Turn the heat to low and keep warm while you cook the scallops.
  4. Pat dry your scallops with a clean towel or paper towels. You don't want them to have any moisture on them otherwise they won't brown properly. Season them with salt and pepper.
  5. Place a pan on medium heat. Allow the pan to get very hot, until it just starts to smoke. Add two teaspoons of oil and the scallops. Don't move the scallops for about 3 – 4 minutes, or until they are golden brown on the bottom. Turn the scallops over and brown on the other side for about 3 minutes. Add a little more oil if the scallops seem dry. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  6. To serve, pour some chowder in your bowl and add 3 sea scallops. Top with a few green onions if desired.

 

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52 Comments
  • Claire Algarme
    Posted at 05:59h, 15 March Reply

    I’ve attended a seminar by a medical doctor and he said the same things as what you posted in your intro. I’m glad that you are sharing recipes of healthy foods. We’re used to using oil, sugar, salt and other ingredients that it is sometimes hard to shift from what we’re doing routinely.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:47h, 15 March Reply

      It’s definitely hard to shift from what we’re used to doing! I still cook with oil and salt, I just try to use less of it now. I don’t know if i could survive without any salt!! haha. Thank you for the nice comment. 🙂

  • Bhushavali
    Posted at 09:20h, 15 March Reply

    I’ve never heard of Kimchi so far. Gonna buy & try now…

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:45h, 15 March Reply

      It’s an acquired taste, but I love it. But make sure you have some breath mints on hand because it’s super garlicky!!

  • Kelly
    Posted at 12:48h, 15 March Reply

    You seriously have the best recipes! I can’t wait to try these Monique xo

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:44h, 15 March Reply

      Thank you Kelly!! 🙂

  • Fred
    Posted at 13:27h, 15 March Reply

    Contrary to you, I always liked avocado, cottage cheese and yogurt! Interesting to add kimchi to spice up avocado, I think I would like to try that. I cannot imagine it now though. That pumpkin spiced apple smoothie sounds really good.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:44h, 15 March Reply

      That’s funny! Maybe I am the only weirdo who can’t eat something because of the texture! haha. Thank you for visiting!

  • Julie Syl Kalungi
    Posted at 22:36h, 15 March Reply

    Gal you got me right in the solar plexus with that smoothie and it has joined my list. I would say add half that avocado seed in your smoothie an you will love your elimination times. And It has even more antioxidant qualities than the avocado. bit we eat. Okay Let me stop salivating ad get planning the enjoying in the morning Cheers 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:16h, 16 March Reply

      Great advice! I will be adding some avocado seed to my smoothie tomorrow and see how it works. Thank you for the awesome comment!!!! 🙂

  • Valerie Robinson
    Posted at 02:10h, 16 March Reply

    Love kimchi! I can always count on you for some new recipes!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:45h, 16 March Reply

      Thank you! Yes, kimchi is a favorite of mine. 🙂

  • Franc Ramon
    Posted at 08:34h, 16 March Reply

    I like avocados mostly for desserts since it’s healthy. It also looks tasty using it to complement a meal like this.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 08:49h, 16 March Reply

      I need to try more avocado desserts. I’ve made vegan chocolate pudding with avocados and LOVE it!!

  • Elizabeth O
    Posted at 08:52h, 16 March Reply

    I love the selection of foods you shared in this post. I happen to use Kimchi in my kitchen too and it always adds a vibrant flavor to any dish… Delicious!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:09h, 16 March Reply

      Thank you Elizabeth!! Kimchi really can bring just about any dish up another notch!! Thank you. 🙂

  • Audrey
    Posted at 13:16h, 16 March Reply

    Wow! This looks amazing. I don’t love pumpkin, so I would have to pass on the smoothie, but everything else looks great! It also seems simple enough to make myself!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:08h, 16 March Reply

      Yea, pumpkin was an acquired taste for me. I used to hate it! I try to make the recipes simple so anyone can make them, so give it a try. Thank you! 🙂 🙂

  • Roxy
    Posted at 14:52h, 16 March Reply

    Can you please come be my personal chef? All of your meals make my mouth water! Those seared scallops would be so amazing right now (and it’s only 9:52 am here)

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:06h, 16 March Reply

      Hahaha! I would eat scallops at 9:52am too! I love scallops so much. I’ll try to figure out a way to be your virtual personal chef!! 🙂

  • Mommy Roxi
    Posted at 16:13h, 16 March Reply

    Just had my green smoothie, but I”m craving for yours still! I hope to find avocados here soon! I need to try your recipe!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:59h, 16 March Reply

      Yaaaay for green smoothies!! I’m about to make my green smoothie now. I hope you find some avocados and definitely give this pumpkin pie spiced smoothie a try when you can. Thank you 🙂 🙂

  • Suzanne Rudge
    Posted at 16:28h, 16 March Reply

    I never thought of using an avocado for desserts. These look pretty yummy. And the tip for our eye care is great!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:56h, 16 March Reply

      I know right?! I was surprised when I learned that people used avocados for dessert, but it’s pretty cool. Thank you nice comment!!

  • Anosa
    Posted at 16:50h, 16 March Reply

    Avocados I have always loved, cheese of any sort I can not stand, the texture just doesn’t flow with me and I can’t stand it. I do love kimchi and can’t get enough of it.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:55h, 16 March Reply

      No Cheese?!?! Oh no!!!! haha! I loooooove cheese. I understand though. At least now I know I’m not the only one who can’t eat something because of the texture. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  • Sunshine Kelly
    Posted at 19:50h, 16 March Reply

    I tried some of the recipes before and its awesome plus easy to prepare. This round I like the CREAMY AVOCADO WRAP WITH SPICY KIMCHI DRESSING. Spicy and creamy that’s the way I like it.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:53h, 16 March Reply

      Wow, thank you for trying the recipes!! You and I could be eating buddies!! haha. I really love spicy and creamy things too!!!

  • Idaintyit
    Posted at 21:01h, 16 March Reply

    I love the look of the avocado wraps. I really like how you always add a bit about how these meals are good for you too

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 06:17h, 17 March Reply

      Thank you! I love learning about the health benefits of what I’m eating, so I figured why not share the information with you all!! Thank you so much for the nice comment. 🙂

  • fred erick
    Posted at 21:33h, 16 March Reply

    I have to admit I am really skeptic with the flavor of vegan food. But after reading your recipes and seeing your photos, wow Vegan looks delicious! I am a fan of avocado and so happy that you mentioned the good benefits of the fruit. great post.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 06:16h, 17 March Reply

      That makes me so happy!! I really want to show people that vegan food can taste GOOD!! Thank you 🙂

  • phyliciamarie
    Posted at 05:16h, 17 March Reply

    So many health benefits in these three things! I’ve always loved avocado so this article makes me happy. Glad you learned how to appreciate my favorite fruit!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 06:14h, 17 March Reply

      Haha! I’m glad I learned to like it too. I was really missing out all these years when I refused to eat avocados! thank you 🙂

  • Erica
    Posted at 07:12h, 17 March Reply

    I love avocados! Everything looks amazing yet simple enough to make. I’ll be bookmarking this for the avocado season 😉

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 08:12h, 18 March Reply

      Yes, I try to keep the recipes pretty simple! Thank you 🙂

  • Tiffany Yong
    Posted at 08:26h, 17 March Reply

    With this kind of meal, I don’t mind going vegan everyday! This is definitely something I will want to attempt this diet when I’m living alone!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 08:11h, 18 March Reply

      Haha, I’m glad you like the vegan recipes!! Thank you. 🙂

  • Pooja Kawatra
    Posted at 10:03h, 17 March Reply

    It looks so yummy and all the above you have mentioned are my favourite and since my kids love avocados it is always there on the kitchen shelf.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 08:10h, 18 March Reply

      That’s awesome! Yea I always keep avocados in the house now. 🙂

  • Jason Panuelos
    Posted at 13:20h, 17 March Reply

    This looks soooo incredible!! Hope to try and make this in the future 😀

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 08:09h, 18 March Reply

      Thank you so much!!

  • Shubhada
    Posted at 13:28h, 17 March Reply

    Awesome Recipes! I am going to try them for sure. Thanks for sharing.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 08:09h, 18 March Reply

      Thanks, no problem!

  • Ahuose
    Posted at 18:36h, 18 March Reply

    I love to eat meaty things but these recipes look so tempting and so healthy <3

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:16h, 18 March Reply

      Thank you! I hope you give one of the recipes a try. 🙂

  • George Felix
    Posted at 12:47h, 19 March Reply

    Avocados are beneficial for health. Thanks for sharing the receipies. And the images are very tempting!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 07:36h, 21 March Reply

      Thank you!!

  • Cailee
    Posted at 03:45h, 24 March Reply

    YUM!! What a great day of eats! These look amazing! …and I love your philosophy on food is great! I’m all about those plants based meals… with a little meat or eggs for dinner (and I sometimes eat it at lunch too)… but I LOVE my vegan breakfasts! 🙂
    xoxo Cailee!!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 07:45h, 02 April Reply

      That’s awesome! I love vegan breakfasts too. I just learned how to make vegan scrambled eggs and it’s amazing! Thank you so much for visiting my website. 🙂

  • Lee Rosales
    Posted at 03:33h, 26 March Reply

    Scallops are my faves. Vegan or not I will still all these yummy recipes. Great food shots by the way

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 07:44h, 02 April Reply

      thank you!

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