12 Apr Cumin Spiced Salmon Sandwich with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce// Why Yogurt is a Great Probiotic!

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Daytime Vegan Meal Plan #17


Breakfast:  Berry Coconut Smoothie
Lunch:  Salad with a Creamy Pepperoncini Dressing
Dinner:  Cumin Spiced Salmon Sandwich with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce


Daytime Vegan Healthy Meal Plan 17


Berry Coconut SmoothiePepperoncini DressingPepperoncini DressingCumin Spiced Salmon Sandwich with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce


Cumin Spiced Salmon Sandwich with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce


Hello!  So today I want to talk about probiotics.  I think I spoke a little bit about them in my Spicy Kimchi Noodle Soup post, because kimchi is a great probiotic.  I’m sure most of you have heard of probiotics before.  I’ve always heard of how important “good” bacteria was for our health, but I never really thought too much about it; that is until my digestion issues went from a 3, on a scale of 1 to 10, to a 5 Gazillion!  My body was not digesting my food and it caused my stomach to be ridiculously bloated throughout the day.  I already had bloating issues because of my endometriosis, so this made it so bad that at times I seriously thought my stomach was going to explode!  I even searched Google to find out if it was possible for someones stomach to rip from being too bloated.  I laugh about it now, but I was terrified!  I also had a feeling that my body was not absorbing all the nutrients from the food I was consuming.

So I started doing some research and learned more about probiotics.  I now eat kimchi several days a week because of the probiotic benefits.  I finally started to understand what Jamie Lee Curtis was talking about in all of those Activia commercials!  One thing you should know is that not all yogurt is created equal.  A lot of these commercially made yogurts are full of sugar and horrible ingredients.  Honestly, most of the yogurt sold in mainstream grocery stores is NOT healthy, even though they market them as a health food.  PLEASE PLEASE always read the ingredient list to everything you purchase.  Don’t just believe it’s healthy because they put the word ‘Healthy’ on the label.

The yogurt I used for my Cumin Spiced Salmon Sandwich with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce literally has 2 ingredients:  Certified Organic Milk, and Cultures (aka Bacteria).  It is a local yogurt that I purchased from a farmers market.  I honestly don’t know if you can find such high quality yogurt in mainstream grocery stores, but it never hurts to look.  Whole Foods and Trader Joes may have some, if you live in an area with those stores.

Good bacteria is important because they help us absorb nutrients and minerals, produce vitamins, and aid in the elimination of toxins.  In addition to adding kimchi and organic yogurt to some of my meals, I also take a probiotic supplement.  My digestion issues COMPLETELY changed once I did this.  For the first time in years…I had a flat stomach!   So far, by consistently eating more plant foods and taking probiotics my digestion issues have reduced by more than 50% (and it’s only getting better)!   I’m able to eat more without feeling like I’m going to pop.  Back in the days, I would be full after only eating about 3 – 4 spoonfuls of food (I’ m not exaggerating).

If you are interested in learning how probiotics should be taken to get the best results, check out this website from one of my favorite doctors, Dr. Michael Greger.  Also, check out this video about probiotics. 



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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4.3 from 3 reviews
Berry Coconut Smoothie
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • 2 cups raspberries, frozen or fresh
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups plain coconut milk, or almond milk
  • 5 – 7 dates, pitted
  1. Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the sweetness and consistency, if desired.

4.3 from 3 reviews
Salad with a Creamy Pepperoncini Dressing
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 2
  • 2 whole (stem removed) pepperoncini + ½ cup (cut into chunks) pepperoncini
  • ½ cup + 2 cups tomatoes, cut into large chunks
  • ½ cup + 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • ¼ cup cashews
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup kalamata olives, pitted
  1. Blend the 2 whole pepperoncini, ½ cup tomatoes, ½ cup romaine lettuce (yes blend the lettuce! It helps mellow out the pepperoncini flavor), ¼ cup cashews, ¼ cup olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper until smooth.
  2. Place ½ cup pepperoncini, 2 cups tomatoes, 2 cups romaine, and kalamata olives in a large bowl and toss together. Add any other toppings you like. This dressing tastes great on any type of salad!
  3. To serve, place your desired amount of salad in your bowl and drizzle with some of the dressing

4.3 from 3 reviews
Cumin Spiced Salmon Sandwich with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • juice of 1 a lemon
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • ¼ cup red onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons curry powder
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons, separated, ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 boneless, skinless, salmon filets
  • 2 ciabatta rolls, or any type of sandwich bread you like
  • 1 – 2 cups romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 1 – 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 pepperoncini, chopped (optional)
  1. To make the sauce, place the first 9 ingredients, plus 1 teaspoon cumin, in a blender and blend. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes. The longer the sauce sits, the better it tastes! If you think the tangy flavor of the yogurt will be overwhelming then add ¼ cup mayo to the sauce. It will mellow out the tanginess!
  2. Meanwhile, season your salmon with salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon cumin. Place a pan on medium heat and add olive oil. Cook the salmon for about 3 minutes per side, depending on how thick it is, or until cooked to your liking. Remove the salmon from the pan and set aside.
  3. To assemble, place the yogurt sauce on your bread. Add the salmon, lettuce, tomato, and pepperoncini. Add a little more sauce on top if you'd like. Enjoy!

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  • kylie cre8tone
    Posted at 07:38h, 12 April Reply

    Love your vegan meal.. So colourful and looks so nutricious and yummy! I like yogurt, too!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:28h, 12 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • Emily
    Posted at 12:08h, 12 April Reply

    This looks delicious!!! I can’t wait to try this. I love salmon and am always looking for new ways to cook it 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:28h, 12 April Reply

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Amy Scott
    Posted at 13:44h, 12 April Reply

    Girl you know the way to my heart with all these recipes. Your skills are boundless! Love your blog

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:26h, 12 April Reply

      Haha! Your comment just made my day. Thank you 🙂

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 14:09h, 12 April Reply

    That’s really amazing! I love everything that you featured, from the smoothie down to the salmon sandwich. It’s all packed with benefits and yogurt really does wonders! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:26h, 12 April Reply

      Thank you!!

  • Fred
    Posted at 14:45h, 12 April Reply

    Again your photos make these food really jump out of the page that we want to taste them all. I have heard of cumin, but honestly I do not know how it tastes like by itself.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:25h, 12 April Reply

      Thank you!! The cumin is not overpowering in this recipe. The salt and pepper help mellow out the cumin flavor. 🙂

  • Roxy
    Posted at 15:30h, 12 April Reply

    I love salmon and we’re always looking for a way to change it up so we don’t get too bored. I can’t wait to add this to our repertoire and try it!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:23h, 12 April Reply

      Thank you! I hope you enjoy it. 🙂

  • Carrie
    Posted at 18:34h, 12 April Reply

    The Salmon Sandwich looks amazing!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:23h, 12 April Reply

      Thank you!

  • Alison
    Posted at 18:40h, 12 April Reply

    The best way to get my attention is through food! I loved your pictures and your information was really great! I think I need to start paying more attention to probiotics and I have always thought that before. Good advice!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:23h, 12 April Reply

      Yes, I definitely noticed a change in my health once I started to pay more attention to probiotics! Thank you 🙂

  • phyliciamarie
    Posted at 03:14h, 13 April Reply

    I couldn’t agree more about the probiotics part! I also have digestion issues a lot, and when I started taking probiotics on a regular basis, my stoch troubles significantly lessened. Yay for probiotics!!!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 06:40h, 13 April Reply

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad to hear the probiotics helped you. 🙂

  • kylie cre8tone
    Posted at 06:16h, 13 April Reply

    Such a lovely meal.. I wanna have that for my breakfast, too!~ I love the colour of the food you prepared..

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 06:46h, 13 April Reply

      Thank you! The breakfast smoothie really is good! I hope you give it a try. 🙂

  • Tiffany Yong
    Posted at 10:07h, 13 April Reply

    What made your dishes and recipe pleasing is the colourful ingredients as well as the easy to make steps! It makes going vegan so much more easy!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:54h, 13 April Reply

      Thank you! I do try to make them easy for every one.

  • Lana Slaybell
    Posted at 14:25h, 13 April Reply

    Sorry about my previous comment. Haha. I thought it was already meaningful enough for me because it had a slight touch of humor. Oh well. I guess it wasn’t quite enough. Haha. Well, I want to try these ones out, since my course in college involves cooking, and my assessment is coming up pretty soon. I don’t have any ideas on what to cook on my test, and this gave me some ideas on what they are. Haha. Thanks and sorry again for the previous comment! 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:53h, 13 April Reply

      Oh, that’s cool that your college course involves cooking. And no prob about the other comment. 🙂

  • Claire Marie Algarme
    Posted at 14:59h, 13 April Reply

    Salmon is one of my favorite food, whether they are raw, cooked as a soup, smoked, grilled, name it. I remember hearing from a Chinese nutritionist that food with different colors and texture is a good balance of the yin and yang. The salad and the sandwich do not only look healthy and colorful, but they look yummy. I just came home and brought a Ceasar’s salad with me. In our home, I’m the only one who’s into green salads and my young cousins and nieces are amazed as to how I enjoy eating leaves because they don’t like vegetables. I hope that with recipes like these, they will look at vegetables in a different light.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:01h, 13 April Reply

      Wow, I didn’t know that about the yin and yang, but it makes since. I could go for a Ceasar salad right now with extra croutons!! Yuuuum. Hopefully in the future your young family members will start enjoying their vegetables more! Thank you.

  • Franc Ramon
    Posted at 16:21h, 13 April Reply

    It’s really nice that there are studies now that defines a good diet that can be great for our health. The meal plan can really make be great for your system.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:55h, 13 April Reply

      Yes, I’m glad there are more studies being done as well! I love learning about the health benefits of a good diet. Thank you. 🙂

  • Bhushavali
    Posted at 17:18h, 13 April Reply

    Looks yummy. I’m just writing down the dijon sauce in my grocery list! Btw, I love Yoghurt and my husband hates it. I really have to find innovative ways to make him have it!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:34h, 14 April Reply

      He might like this recipe! I used to hate yogurt, but now I love it so you never know! 🙂

  • Ahuose
    Posted at 19:00h, 13 April Reply

    These recipes seem interesting! Yeah, i am also suspicious of things labelled as healthy food with no sugar. It always contains a bunch of more dangerous stuff. I will definitely start with the smoothie!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 19:56h, 13 April Reply

      Exactly! I’m always suspicious too. Thank you 🙂

  • Amanda Love
    Posted at 22:16h, 13 April Reply

    Now this is a breakfast that I can do daily. I try and eat a yogurt daily for my own probiotics and whenever I forget I try and make up for it.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:33h, 14 April Reply

      I think it’s great that you try to eat yogurt daily!! I’m so glad you like the smoothie recipe. 🙂

  • Julie Syl Kalungi
    Posted at 22:38h, 13 April Reply

    That smoothie…OMG i am gonna make it tmr, I grow my own raspberries you know…Awesome sauce! And I love the salan…minus the bread and am good 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:31h, 14 April Reply

      You grow your own raspberries?! That’s so awesome! I really want to learn how to garden one day soon. Thanks for visiting

  • Shubhada Bhide
    Posted at 23:57h, 13 April Reply

    That coconut smoothie I am going to try out for sure. Yes, yoghurt is great for tummies. I use it often in my cooking epically when I cook Indian gravies and curries.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:30h, 14 April Reply

      I loooooove using yogurt in Indian gravies. Indian food is one of my favorites of all times!! 🙂

  • Sunshine Kelly
    Posted at 00:38h, 14 April Reply

    I love yogurt, salad and sandwiches too. I am going to try the Berry Coconut Smoothie its easy to prepare and taste awesome.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:29h, 14 April Reply

      Thank you! This smoothie is one of my favs so I think you’ll like it too.

  • Saminu Abass
    Posted at 01:03h, 14 April Reply

    This is amazing. I really adore this

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:28h, 14 April Reply


  • roch
    Posted at 01:39h, 14 April Reply

    I love the colors of the Cumin Spiced Salmon Sandwich with Cilantro Yogurt Sauce. This recipe looks easy to make! If only we have all the ingredients ready, preparation would be a breeze.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:28h, 14 April Reply

      Thank you! I hope you are able to try it one day! 🙂

  • Jason Panuelos
    Posted at 13:39h, 14 April Reply

    The sandwich looks INSANELY good! Would love to try these recipes! 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 16:57h, 14 April Reply

      thank you!

  • Rosey
    Posted at 10:06h, 15 April Reply

    That is nice that you put the warning about reading the ingredients. Just because it says healthy does not mean it’s true, yo’re right about that!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:05h, 15 April Reply

      I’m so glad you agree! Thank you 🙂

  • Leke Awonuga
    Posted at 11:28h, 15 April Reply

    You definitely know how to get to a man’s heart. All the photos made the food really enticing. I crave for the Salad with creamy pepperonicin – will try it out. Keep radiating with ease like your receipe.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:05h, 15 April Reply

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I hope you enjoy the recipe. 🙂

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