19 Apr Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad and Eating More Fats For Good Health.

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Daytime Vegan Meal Plan #18


BREAKFAST:  Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
LUNCH:  Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad
DINNER:  Cashew Chicken Stir Fry with Spinach


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This Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad is one of my new favorite meals!  I ate it every single day for lunch last week.  I make a very similar dressing in my Daytime Vegan Cookbook that I use for a delicious veggie wrap.  I was craving the wrap for lunch, but did not have all the ingredients to make it.  However, I did have most of the ingredients for the chipotle dressing, so I decided to use it in a pasta salad.

Boy oh boy was that a good idea!

In my cookbook I use store-bought vegan mayonnaise to make the dressing, but this time I wanted to make it healthier.  I love eating healthy plant fats whenever I can and some of you may notice that just about ALL of my creamy dressing recipes contain cashews or avocados.  For this recipe I decided to use cashews in the dressing to make it creamy, instead of vegan mayonnaise, and I add some delicious chopped avocado to the pasta salad before serving.

If you didn’t know, there is actually a such thing as healthy fats!  Crazy right?!   For years we’ve bee told that fat, in general, is bad.  No one really distinguished between the good fats and bad fats.  We were just told that if you eat fat, you’ll be fat (which I totally disagree with).  Luckily these days there are plenty of articles that you all can find online that will tell you all of the benefits of these healthy fats.  The main thing to remember is that 9 times out of 10  (probably even 10 times out of 10!), plant fats are healthier than animal fats.

Some will say that we should barely eat any fat. I know of health professionals who say we should not eat more than a small handful of nuts a day.  Seriously?!  That just sounds a little ridiculous to me.

There are others who say 50% – 70% of your diet should consist of healthy fats.  That sounds a little much to me.

I say, do what feels right to your body.  Moderation is key when it comes to most things in life.  I eat healthy plant fats every single day, whether it’s avocados, cashews, or my delicious homemade peanut butter.  I do what feels right to my body.

If you decide you want to eat a few more healthy plants fats, try this Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad.  I PROMISE you’re going to like it!

Now check out the health benefits of the Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie and Cashew Chicken Stir Fry with Spinach.


Health Benefits of All These Meals:


I hope you give this healthy meal plan a try!

***  This blog is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner.  All information contained in this blog is the opinion of Monique and is not to be interpreted as medical advice. 


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4.4 from 7 reviews
Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • 2 cups frozen bluberries
  • ½ cup oatmeal (not the instant kind)
  • 2 bananas
  • ½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, or cinnamon
  • 4 – 7 dates, pitted (depending on how sweet you want it)
  • 2 cups almond milk
  1. Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the sweetness and consistency, if desired.
You can use 2 – 3 tablespoons of agave nectar if you don't have dates.

4.4 from 7 reviews
Creamy Chipotle Pasta Salad
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 2 - 3
  • 4 cups cooked spiral pasta
  • 1 zucchini, peeled
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • juice of ½ a lemon
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper taste
  • ¼ cup water, filtered if possible
  • 2 cups pico de gallo, store-bought or homemade (recipe on my website)
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups corn (I used roasted corn and it tasted great!)
  • 1 cup kalamata olives, pitted, roughly chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  1. To make the dressing, place the peeled zucchini, cashews, olive oil, lemon juice, cilantro, garlic, chipotle, cumin, salt, pepper, and water in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Place the cooked pasta in a large bowl. Add the pico de gallo, red bell pepper, spinach, corn, and olives to the bowl. Pour the creamy chipotle dressing over it. Mix everything thoroughly and top with diced avocado. Serve.

4.4 from 7 reviews
Cashew Chicken Stir Fry with Spinach
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 3
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce, or coconut aminos (a soy-free soy sauce substitute)
  • ¼ cup water or vegetable stock
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • ¼ cup agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon sambal (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dijon, or regular yellow, mustard
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into ½ inch chunks
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, chopped or grated
  • 3 ½ packed cups spinach
  • ¼ cup green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup roasted cashews
  1. In a bowl, mix the soy sauce/coconut aminos, water/stock, sesame oil, agave nectar, sambal, dijon mustard, corn starch. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large pan on medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and chicken. Season it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add the fresh garlic and ginger. Stir and cook for 4 – 5 minutes, or unti the chicken is fully cooked.
  3. Pour in the soy sauce mixture you made. It will start to boil fast and should thicken quickly because of the corn starch. Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the spinach a little bit at a time and stir. Add the green onions and cashews. Stir. Serve immediately.
  4. Suggested Side: Brown Rice

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  • Kylie cre8tone
    Posted at 09:34h, 19 April Reply

    I always like your vegan dish.. Looking at the colours, I think it’ll really taste very delicious and yummy!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 09:37h, 19 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • Kathy Lacuna
    Posted at 11:03h, 19 April Reply

    These look so yummy! I never thought a vegan meal could look so good. And from the way you describe they seem to taste good too. The blueberry smoothie looks particularly good.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:19h, 19 April Reply

      Yes, vegan food can taste great!! Thank you.

  • Amy Scott
    Posted at 11:54h, 19 April Reply

    That smoothie is so vibrant and fun looking. I’m so easily amused by the appearance of foods!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:18h, 19 April Reply

      lol! I’m the same way when I see pretty pictures of food.

  • April Perez
    Posted at 12:28h, 19 April Reply

    Yuuuuum, I love chipotle! Will try this recipe this weekend, thanks for sharing!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:18h, 19 April Reply

      Great, thank you!

  • Alina Popescu
    Posted at 13:24h, 19 April Reply

    Your plan sounds tasty and that salad looks absolutely delicious! Loved the pictures for the post. I am so curious about Chipotle, to be honest. We don’t have over here and I haven’t seen them where I’ve traveled.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 23:05h, 19 April Reply

      Thank you! I love chipotle peppers. They are used in some Mexican dishes, if you eat Mexican food. Hmmm, if you can’t find them you could substitute them with sundried tomatoes. That would taste great!

  • Julie Syl Kalungi
    Posted at 22:28h, 19 April Reply

    Did I hear Avocado, Olives, And pasta together? Woooo and that Smoothie looks absolutely killer. Deliciousooooo. Food porn right here inn my view. Love it!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 23:01h, 19 April Reply

      lol! Thanks so much. 🙂

  • Joren Umacob
    Posted at 02:12h, 20 April Reply

    I always wanted to do proper diet, but I don’t know how to start. I better motivate myself up. I will definitely try some recipes here.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:25h, 20 April Reply

      Thank you, I definitely hope you are able to try some of my recipes!

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 08:23h, 20 April Reply

    Wow! These are all excellent. I love smoothies and salads, if that’s not so obvious with my comments yet, so these are definitely winners for me. I find the smoothie interesting, I never would have guessed it has pumpkin spice, it’s looks so refreshing too! Perfect for the warm weather. The chipotle pasta salad looks great and does the cashew chicken stir fry.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:25h, 20 April Reply

      Thank you! The pumpkin pie spice does sound strange mixed with blueberry, but the flavor combination is surprisingly delicious! Even I was surprised at how good it was when I tested the recipe!!

  • Claire Marie Algarme
    Posted at 10:34h, 20 April Reply

    You really never fail to entice me with your yummy healthy food. Good thing you also share the recipes which we can do at home. Now, I remember I bought some avocados a few days back. Maybe I’d try the pasta salad. Thank you for the recipes!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:23h, 20 April Reply

      Thank you for the kind words! I definitely hope you are able to try the pasta salad. It’s sooooo good! lol

  • Franc Ramon
    Posted at 11:41h, 20 April Reply

    These looks really tasty. I’m taking note of using more plant fats than animal fats in the future.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:22h, 20 April Reply

      Awesome! Thank you Franc. 🙂

  • Mommy Roxi
    Posted at 12:17h, 20 April Reply

    I was doing so well with a healthy diet 2 weeks ago. Then stress happened. Anyway, I just recently got to taste chipotle style food and I fell in love! My husband also just recently sent me a link of chipotle food that he wants me to do. I’ll try!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:22h, 20 April Reply

      It happens to all of us from time to time. Stress comes along and the next thing we know we’re eating a whole chocolate cake! Haha! I always tell people not to give up if they fall off the wagon for a little bit. Just hop right back on the wagon and keep going! 🙂

  • Fred
    Posted at 12:38h, 20 April Reply

    You really have a great style of food photography. Even that oddly violet drink looked so tempting to drink. Chipotle is spicy, right? I have heard of this, but never tried before.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:20h, 20 April Reply

      Thanks so much Fred! Yes, chipotle is spicy. I only add a tablespoon to the recipe so it’s not overwhelming in the dressing, but it definitely has a kick to it. 🙂

  • May Palacpac
    Posted at 12:40h, 20 April Reply

    Oh shucks I’m interested to purchase your book, but I’ll have to wait a bit before I can. We haven’t exactly gone vegan, and I don’t think my husband can take it, but we need some vegan meals here from time to time. 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:19h, 20 April Reply

      Thank you! Well until then I have plenty of recipes on my website for you to try. Daytime Vegan might be perfect for your husband because you don’t have to go completely give up meat! 🙂

  • Dia All The Things I Do
    Posted at 14:16h, 20 April Reply

    I’m all about smoothies. This looks good. I’m not a Vegan but I do like trying new substitutions and variations of meals to make them healthier. Thanks for sharing.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:18h, 20 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • Amanda Love
    Posted at 17:13h, 20 April Reply

    I’m going to share these with my daughter. She’s always complaining that she wants to try new recipes. She’s a vegetarian and these would be perfect for her. I’d love that salad but I’d have to take the cashews out since I’m allergic to nuts.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:17h, 20 April Reply

      Thank you, I hope she likes the recipes! You can definitely take out the cashews and add a little vegan mayonnaise to make it creamy!

  • Roxy
    Posted at 17:24h, 20 April Reply

    I’ve recently been looking for anything and everything to lower my cholesterol. My boyfriend and I both have high cholesterol believed to be caused by genetics and I’m hoping to avoid treating it with medication. Any and all natural remedies are right up my alley!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:16h, 20 April Reply

      Me too! My mom said ever since I was a child I’ve had high cholesterol and she thought it was weird because I was very active (gymnastics, track team, taekwondo, etc…), very young, and very fit. We think it has something to do with genetics, but I can say mine is getting lower and lower since I’ve changed my eating habits!

  • suchitra
    Posted at 17:27h, 20 April Reply

    this looks so delicious! definitely trying the pasta salad! it does look like quick whole meal!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:14h, 20 April Reply

      It is definitely filling and satisfying!! Thank you.

  • Jasmine Watts
    Posted at 18:39h, 20 April Reply

    Yummm… These look so yummy! I would love to try this recipe today! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:23h, 20 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • Bhushavali
    Posted at 19:20h, 20 April Reply

    Chipotle salad looks very very yummy! Cashews stir fry spinach looks interesting. Do post a veggie version of the same!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:24h, 20 April Reply

      Great idea! I’ll work on a veggie version. Thanks

  • fred
    Posted at 21:54h, 20 April Reply

    I like this smoothie and looks like easy to make. Vegan food really looks good. I hope I would get a change to prepare some soon.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 22:59h, 20 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • Shub
    Posted at 00:09h, 21 April Reply

    Deliciousness overload!! I loved the recipes. Would try pasta salad for sure.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:41h, 21 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • Suzanne Rudge
    Posted at 00:58h, 21 April Reply

    What an interesting menu! I have never thought of putting blueberry with oatmeal,let alone in a smoothie, but it looks yummy! Love the healthy ingredients of that salad and the colours are the bomb!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:41h, 21 April Reply

      lol!! Thank you. Yes, putting oatmeal in a smoothie is a great way to have it. Sometimes I want the benefits of oatmeal, but don’t feel like eating a hot bowl of it, especially with it getting so hot where I live. 🙂

  • Pete Zafra
    Posted at 01:05h, 21 April Reply

    Wow! These sure looks delicious. I just love smoothies. This is a recipe that I am yet to try. The salad and the chicken look awesome as well. I love that they’re healthy and the ingredients just make the dish even more appealing to me. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:43h, 21 April Reply

      Thank you for visiting!

  • Jason Panuelos
    Posted at 01:20h, 21 April Reply

    This is such a beautiful shoot! I love the photography! Also the food looks great 😀

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:39h, 21 April Reply

      Thank you so much!!

  • phyliciamarie
    Posted at 03:14h, 21 April Reply

    Are you using a new filter for your photos? They look very vintage-y haha. Anyhoo, The chipotle pasta salad looks soooo yuuum!!! I love avocados (yay for healthy fats), so this one is a treat for me!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:39h, 21 April Reply

      Hey! It’s not a filter, I just play around with buttons in Photoshop and Lightroom and see what I like. I figure so many food blogs put super bright pictures of food on their website, so I wanted my pictures to look a little different. I hope you try the recipe!

  • Jeypi Kyu
    Posted at 03:32h, 21 April Reply

    wow! these looks great! i wanna have a taste of these.. looks so yummy and delicious!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:34h, 21 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 16:15h, 21 April Reply

    The colors are sure pretty. That’s a nice looking pasta salad.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:36h, 21 April Reply

      Thank you!!

  • Idaintyit
    Posted at 07:54h, 24 April Reply

    I don’t think I have ever seen a smoothie deep purple like that, it looks so nice! I love the other 2 courses, definitely something I would eat. I have a lot of stir fry so having new things to put with it is always great

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 09:44h, 25 April Reply

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • Pooja Kawatra
    Posted at 01:16h, 25 April Reply

    Love your photography and those salad with avocados are my favourite one. Thanks for these recipes.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 09:44h, 25 April Reply

      Thank you very much!!

  • Sunshine Kelly
    Posted at 00:19h, 26 April Reply

    I love the creamy chipotle pasta salad, avocado is so good with anything. Be it in my sandwich or salad or eat raw is great.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 03:43h, 26 April Reply

      I agree! Can’t go wrong with avocado!! Thanks.

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