01 Mar Low On Vitamin K? Eat This Lemon Pepper Roasted Broccoli with Dijon Aioli!

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Daytime Vegan Healthy Meal Plan #14

 

Breakfast:  Strawberry Prune Smoothie 
Lunch:  Lemon Pepper Roasted Broccoli with Dijon Aioli
Dinner:  Garlicky Cajun Shrimp

 

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***I discuss constipation in this post, so skip it if the topic grosses you out!***

 

If you made it this far down the post then I want to thank you!!  I figured as soon as people saw the Strawberry Prune Smoothie on the meal plan they would go running for the hills!!

But you brave souls didn’t run.  And you’ll be happy you stayed!

I made this smoothie a few weeks ago for the first time.  I had been having some tummy troubles for a little while and was unable to use the restroom (sorry if that’s tmi).  My husband, who you may start to notice always has great ideas for natural remedies, suggested I drink some prune juice to get things moving in that area, if you know what I mean.  **wink.

I said, “Ewwwww, NO WAY” and left it at that.  But a couple days, and one huge bloated stomach, later I gave in.

“Okay, I’ll try the darn prune juice.”

So he gets it for me and I decided to add it to my morning smoothies because I just don’t like the taste of prune juice by itself.  He made sure it was 100% pure prune juice with nothing else added.  No sugar.  Nothing.  I put about a cup in my smoothie and drank it throughout my morning.

Nothing happened.

But a few days later after drinking it every morning, I started to feel something.  “Could it be?  Am I FINALLY going to use the restroom?”, I ask myself.   YES!!  Woohoo.  Life has meaning again!!  I was sooo happy.  I had always heard about prune juice helping with constipation when I was a kid, but I never tried it.  I must say….it really works.  It takes a while, and may take longer for others, but it really does help.

So now this is my new favorite smoothie.  I usually drink the same green smoothie everyday for breakfast, so I have been drinking this one every single day.  It’s especially great for  those of us with endometriosis who have constant issues with bloated bellies.

Having trouble using the restroom? Give this a try.

Afterwards eat some of this Lemon Pepper Roasted Broccoli with Dijon Aioli.  Broccoli is one of my most favorite vegetables to roast. Once you roast broccoli there’s no going back.  I rarely sauté or steam broccoli anymore because roasting it tastes so darn good.  I literally eat an entire head of broccoli when I roast it.

Broccoli is packed with Vitamin K.  A lot of people think that calcium is what’s most important with bone health, but no one talks about vitamin k for some reason.  Vitamin K is what helps improve calcium absorption.  You can drink all the milk and take all the calcium tablets you want, but if your body can’t absorb it then what’s the point?

If you aren’t too keen on broccoli, try roasting it.  I bet some of you haven’t tried it this way before.  It will change everything you think about this vegetable.  Golden brown and crunchy on the outside, but still tender on the inside.  Give it a try.

This Lemon Pepper Roasted Broccoli would also be a great side dish for my Garlicky Cajun Shrimp.  This shrimp recipe is a fan favorite in my Daytime Vegan Cookbook!!  So I thought I’d share it with you all.  It’s a winner, trust me.  This dish is soooo easy to make and it’s great for those nights when you need dinner on the table in a hurry.

I hope you give these recipes a try!  🙂

 

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4.8 from 6 reviews
Strawberry Prune Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1 - 2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup kale
  • 3 bananas
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 4 – 5 dates, pitted
  • one ¼ inch thin slice of lemon (rind and all), or the juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 cup 100% no sugar added pure prune juice
  • 2 cups water, filtered if possible
Instructions
  1. Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the sweetness and consistency, if desired.

4.8 from 6 reviews
Lemon Pepper Roasted Broccoli with Dijon Aioli
 
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 2 - 3
Ingredients
  • 4 cups broccoli florets and/or stems
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, or more if the broccoli is still too dry
  • 3 tablespoons lemon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup zucchini, peeled, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup water, filtered if possible
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  2. Place the broccoli in a large bowl and add the olive oil, lemon pepper, and salt. Mix well and spread onto a baking sheet. Add a little more oil if the broccoli still feels dry. Bake the broccoli for 15 – 20 minutes. It should be a little browned on the outside, but still have some firmness. It shouldn't be mushy.
  3. Meanwhile, place the rest of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
  4. To serve, place some broccoli on your plate and drizzle with the dijon aioli. I like to eat this with a side of brown rice for lunch. Enjoy!

4.8 from 6 reviews
Garlicky Cajun Shrimp
 
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2 - 3
Ingredients
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, deveined, shell on (use any size shrimp if you can't find jumbo)
  • 1 tablespoon old bay seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cajun seasoning
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • Salt to taste
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1⁄4 cup garlic cloves, minced
  • 1½ tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. Mix everything in a storage bag and marinate for 30 minutes to an hour.
  2. Place a non-stick pan on medium heat. Add the marinated shrimp. Cook for 3 - 5 minutes, or until the shrimp is fully cooked. If the pan gets a little dry then drizzle in some olive oil. You may not need to add oil to the pan since we put olive oil in the marinade and we're using a non-stick pan.
  3. Serve once fully cooked.
  4. Suggested Sides: Salad and Baked Sweet Potato
Notes
The shrimp are cooked with the shell on because the shell holds in a lot of flavor while the shrimp is cooking. Make sure to peel the shrimp before eating! You could use already peeled shrimp for this recipe, I just think the flavors are not as intense.

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54 Comments
  • Amy Scott
    Posted at 14:23h, 01 March Reply

    I had no idea about what vitamin K does! I’m not vegan but this menu for the day looks divine.I love smoothies, broccoli and shrimp. It was made for me!

    http://www.sassandshamrocks.com

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:43h, 01 March Reply

      Haha, I’m glad you like the menu!! Thank you!!

  • Julie Syl Kalungi
    Posted at 20:28h, 01 March Reply

    that smoothie sounds like pure pleasure and I have never tried prunes…dont laugh. I had heard stories so I steered clear! I eat broccoli every week and shrimps yum yum curried shrimp double yum! I need to stop by our blog every sunday and just whip up a wonderful unique dish and revel in the praise and nom noms 😀

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:45h, 01 March Reply

      Thank you! I loooooove curried shrimp dishes too!!! YAAAAS!! I’m glad you want to try the smoothie. Prunes aren’t that bad, they just have a slight bitter aftertaste to me. The great thing is that you don’t really taste it in this smoothie recipe. Thanks again. 🙂

  • Karina - My Letters of Transit
    Posted at 21:47h, 01 March Reply

    That garlicky cajun shrimp reminds me of the summer I spent in New Orleans, I fell in love with cajun food, but have struggled to recreate some of the authentic flavors, your recipe is very accessible and may help me bring a little cajun variety to my menu!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:30h, 02 March Reply

      Cajun food is the best isn’t it!! It’s my favorite, along with Indian food. Thanks 🙂

  • Anne Murphy
    Posted at 00:11h, 02 March Reply

    Interesting that you taste bitter in prunes – to me they’re very sweet! Tastes do vary, don’t they?

    That dijon sauce is fascinating… I usually saute broccoli, but still, a little sauce gives a nice variation…

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:31h, 02 March Reply

      Maybe the taste does vary because for some reason they always taste bitter to me, like cherries. Yes, a little sauce never hurt anyone!! 🙂

  • Sara | Belly Rumbles
    Posted at 00:55h, 02 March Reply

    All such great recipes, but that strawberry and prune smoothie would definitely make you regular.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:32h, 02 March Reply

      Yup!! It sure will. 🙂

  • Traditionallymodernfood
    Posted at 01:16h, 02 March Reply

    I like broccoli.. Ur version looks yum.. I can imagine the flavours

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:32h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you. It’s one of my favorite vegetables!!

  • Ilona @ Ilona's Passion
    Posted at 01:26h, 02 March Reply

    Great smoothie. I am into green smoothies lately. Trying to eat healthy so this is definitely for me:)

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:33h, 02 March Reply

      Yes I love my green smoothies! Thanks, I do hope you give it a try!! 🙂

  • Kathi @ LaughingSpatula
    Posted at 01:31h, 02 March Reply

    Love a good poo story! lol! I actually have roasted broccoli in the oven as we speak! It’s a big fave of mine….the aioli sounds fabulous!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:35h, 02 March Reply

      HAHA, thanks I’m glad you liked it!! Yes the aioli tastes great. It would be good with a variety of different veggies!

  • rochkirstin
    Posted at 04:57h, 02 March Reply

    I don’t take Vitamin C supplements so I really have to eat vegetables and other food that are rich not only in Vitamin C but also in antioxidants to boost my immune system. I love eating broccoli. It’s my favorite vegetable and I can have it all year long. 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:36h, 02 March Reply

      Yes, I’ve ALWAYS loved broccoli too! Eating a variety of veggies is definitely the best way to get our vitamins. 🙂

  • Elizabeth O.
    Posted at 06:30h, 02 March Reply

    Prune juice doesn’t sound so bad though! So I’ll definitely scroll down for more especially after I read the roasted broccoli! I always appreciate the recipes you post, simply because I’ve been trying healthier recipes lately!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:04h, 02 March Reply

      I’m glad the prune juice didn’t scare you! Maybe it’s just me, but as a kid I always heard horrible things about that stuff. lol. Thank you so much for the kind words!!

  • Top5life
    Posted at 06:39h, 02 March Reply

    The health benefits mentioned here are really superb. But, I don’t like eating broccoli at all. What to do? Any other alternative?

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:05h, 02 March Reply

      Ummm, cabbage and asparagus have a pretty good amount of vitamin k too and they would taste great with lemon pepper!! Thanks for your question. 🙂

  • Tiffany Yong
    Posted at 10:06h, 02 March Reply

    The one I will definitely try is roasted broccoli as I have tried that before and it’s absolutely delicious! But I didn’t know so many ingredients were needed!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:05h, 02 March Reply

      I do hope you give it a try! Thanks 🙂

  • Claire Algarme
    Posted at 10:24h, 02 March Reply

    Those really look good! Incidentally, I just came from a cafe that uses fresh local organic ingredients. I love healthy food. Who says they can’t be delicious? 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:06h, 02 March Reply

      Exactly! I want to break the “healthy food tastes gross” stigma!! Thank you.

  • phyliciamarie
    Posted at 11:23h, 02 March Reply

    Glad to know your digestive system is back on track! I’m definitely trying this when I’m feeling constipated. The brocolli with the dip looks really yummy btw. 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:06h, 02 March Reply

      Thank you!! I was sooooo miserable. lol. 🙂

  • Amanda Love
    Posted at 11:40h, 02 March Reply

    OK I want to try that shrimp. I actually pinned it so I can give it a try when I get back from my vacation. They all sound delish but I think this was my fave recipe. 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:07h, 02 March Reply

      This shrimp recipe is a fav of mine too! I love anything cajun though!!

  • Fred
    Posted at 12:53h, 02 March Reply

    The broccoli dip looks so tasty I want to try it myself. Same thing about the Cajun crispy shrimp. I hope you have a restaurant where we can try it out first. Do you?

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:08h, 02 March Reply

      Haha!! No, I don’t have a restaurant, but thank you. 🙂 I do want to open a small food truck in the future though.

  • Roxy
    Posted at 16:15h, 02 March Reply

    Glad to hear your tummy issues were resolvable with a healthy natural remedy! I’ve never had prune juice before so like you I’m a little skeptical. Can you actually taste it in the smoothie? How do you roast broccoli? Those shrimp look delicious!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:11h, 02 March Reply

      Nope!! That’s the best part. You don’t taste the prune juice at all. Lemon is a key ingredient for my smoothies when I don’t want it to taste too healthy. Something about lemon that neutralizes all the “not so great” flavors, but allows the sweet fruity flavors to shine through. I have a video in this post showing you exactly how to roast the broccoli!! Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  • Franc Ramon
    Posted at 16:57h, 02 March Reply

    This is a really great and healthy combo that gives you all the nutrients you need. The broccoli is really healthy and delicious.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:12h, 02 March Reply

      Yes! The broccoli really is delicious and healthy. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Shubhada
    Posted at 22:30h, 02 March Reply

    I have never bothered to know about Vit K. Now will check more info about it. The recipe looks awesome.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:10h, 03 March Reply

      Yes, it was so interesting when I was learning about it. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  • Idaintyit
    Posted at 23:01h, 02 March Reply

    I like the look of the lemon broccoli dish, may be giving that a go

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:10h, 03 March Reply

      I hope you do! It’s super tasty. Thanks for visiting.

  • Ana
    Posted at 00:43h, 03 March Reply

    I love Broccoli and this menu seems so healthy. Thanks for sharing this post with us.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:03h, 04 March Reply

      Thank you and thanks for visiting!!

  • PJ Zafra
    Posted at 00:49h, 03 March Reply

    Your recipes always look amazing! I would love to try these dishes myself. Thank you very much for sharing them.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:03h, 04 March Reply

      Thanks so much for the kind words!!! 🙂

  • Pal Raine
    Posted at 03:03h, 03 March Reply

    I will make this recipe, I super love broccoli. It is very healthy added with lemon..hmmm..taste yummy!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:04h, 04 March Reply

      I’m glad to hear that!! Yea, broccoli has always been one of my favorite veggies too!! Thank you. 🙂

  • Mommy Roxi
    Posted at 08:25h, 03 March Reply

    I AM DROOLING!!! Love the dip, love the vegetables. Oh my goodness! Must try!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:04h, 04 March Reply

      Haha!! Thank you.

  • Bhushavali
    Posted at 09:15h, 03 March Reply

    Roasted broccoli definitely looks interesting… I’m gonna try that out soon…

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:04h, 04 March Reply

      TRY IT!!! It’s soooo good. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

  • Abi
    Posted at 12:54h, 03 March Reply

    Great…I will be trying this very soon and tell you about it how it come out…

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:05h, 04 March Reply

      Yes, please do let me know how it tastes!! Thank you for visiting.

  • Jasmine Watts
    Posted at 07:04h, 04 March Reply

    Yummm… That look so delicious and healthy too… Can’t wait to try this recipe!!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 10:30h, 04 March Reply

      Thank you!!

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