09 Feb Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie, Warm Eggplant Salad with Coriander, Tomato Balsamic Braised Chicken

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Healthy Meal Plan #12

Peanut Butter Banana SmoothiePeanut Butter Banana SmoothieWarm Eggplant Salad with CorianderWarm Eggplant Salad with CorianderTomato Balsamic Braised ChickenTomato Balsamic Braised Chicken

Is it spring yet?   I’m so over winter.  I HATE the cold…..and it’s not even that cold where I live.  I spent the majority of my adolescence growing up in Hawaii, so that’s probably a major reason as to why I hate the cold!  Oh yea, and my husband is from Miami, so ummm….yea.  We’re miserable! For those of you who live up north, or in the midwest….why?!  I don’t understand!

I know it’s very cold outside for many of you….and a cold salad does not sound too appetizing on a cold day.  It’s okay.  I understand, and I have a solution for you!  My Warm Eggplant Salad with Coriander & Arugula.  It’s light, but very filling because of the eggplant, which is a hearty fruit.

This is also a great salad for people who don’t really like salads.  I mentioned in this post with my Romaine Salad with Jalapeno-Cilantro Dressing that I am NOT a salad person.

I have a love hate relationship with salads!  I’m not a big fan of cold food and warm drinks (like hot tea, hot cider, coffee, etc…).

Are any of you like this?

But this salad…..this salad may convert you.   The warm eggplant tastes amazing with arugula.

This salad would even be a great side dish to the Tomato Balsamic Braised Chicken.  I don’t eat meat much, but if I ever crave it, 9 times out of 10 I will make a braised dish.  Braised meats come out so tender and moist.  It’s just perfect.

The recipe is very simple.  The balsamic vinegar is robust, but not overpowering.  It’s a very balanced dish that I think you will all enjoy.



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4.8 from 6 reviews
Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
  • 3 bananas
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter (preferably one with only peanuts & salt)
  • 3 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup water, filtered if possible
  1. Blend everything together until smooth. Add water to adjust the sweetness and consistency, if desired.

4.8 from 6 reviews
Warm Eggplant Salad with Coriander
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Recipe type: Lunch
Serves: 2 - 3
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large eggplant, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, or ground cumin
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 packed cups arugula
  1. Place a pan on medium heat. Add the oil and eggplant. Cook the eggplant for 3 – 5 minutes, or until it starts to soften but does not get mushy.
  2. Add the garlic and onion. Cook for another 3 minutes to eliminate some of the raw onion taste.
  3. Add the coriander, cumin, salt, pepper, tomatoes, and cilantro. Stir. If the pan gets too dry, add another teaspoon or two of olive oil. Cook for about 2 minutes.
  4. To serve, place some arugula on your plate and top it with your desired amount of the eggplant mixture.

4.8 from 6 reviews
Tomato Balsamic Braised Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
Serves: 2 - 3
  • 5 chicken legs
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place a pot on medium heat. Once the pan is very hot add the oil and chicken. Brown all sides of the chicken, this may take 5 – 7 minutes depending on how hot your pan is. Add the onion, garlic and tomatoes. Stir and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar, chicken stock, lemon pepper, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper. Stir.
  3. Cover the pot with a lid, reduce the heat to low, and let the chicken simmer for about 45 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and almost falling off the bone.
  4. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.


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  • Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs
    Posted at 08:35h, 09 February Reply

    Wow 3 recipes in one! Aren’t we spoilt 😛 that salad in particular looks AMAZING. I adore warm salads in the winter so this is right up my street! It sounds like it really would go well with the braised chicken too. Fab post. PS. I hope it warms up for you soon!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 09:19h, 09 February Reply

      Haha! Yes, I do like to spoil my readers! The salad is very tasty and filling. I’m glad I found someone else who loves warm salads like I do. Thank you for the well wishes regarding the weather! I don’t know how much longer I can take the cold 🙂

    • Jenna
      Posted at 14:33h, 11 February Reply

      Ill have to try that smoothie recipe. It looks delicious!

      • Daytime Vegan
        Posted at 17:22h, 11 February Reply

        Thank you!!

    • Julie Syl Kalungi
      Posted at 14:40h, 12 February Reply

      I too feel spoilt indeed 😉.
      I specially love the chicken and the smoothie well it’s getting done today yummmm.
      I live in uk originally from the equator region so the cold ad
      Nd me mssswwiii we don’t mix so I feel you gal. It will soon be over. I love Hawaii am dreaming of Oahu just by seeing your mention here. 💕💞

      • Daytime Vegan
        Posted at 18:18h, 12 February Reply

        Wow! You’re from the equator region and now you live in the UK?! Goodness, now I feel like I shouldn’t complain! lol. That’s a big difference in weather. Thank you for visiting and thanks for the kind words!!

  • Mark, CompassandFork
    Posted at 09:53h, 09 February Reply

    That looks like a really satisfying 3 course meal you have going there. I particularly like the chicken and the eggplant dish. Great photos all round.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 11:06h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you! I think you’d definitely like these dishes, especially the chicken because the balsamic adds a really nice tang! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Elizabeth
    Posted at 12:37h, 09 February Reply

    Gosh these sound lovely, especially the chicken recipe! Yum!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:06h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you!

  • Christie
    Posted at 13:11h, 09 February Reply

    :Love all three options especially the chicken. It is freezing here today and that looks like the perfect way to warm up.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:07h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you. This chicken dish will definitely warm you up! Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Sarah and Laura @ Wandercooks
    Posted at 14:11h, 09 February Reply

    Good combo of food (and drink)! Peanut Butter and Banana would be amazing together. For even get us started on those other flavours – yum, yum, yum.

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:08h, 09 February Reply

      Thank you! Peanut butter and banana really do taste AMAZING together!! I hope you try the smoothie 🙂

  • Heather Johnson
    Posted at 17:49h, 09 February Reply

    All these dishes look absolutely amazing. The peanut butter banana smoothie would be a huge hit in my house. We love peanut butter and bananas!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 20:09h, 09 February Reply

      Yes, peanut butter and banana is such a classic combination! Sometimes I add a cup of spinach to this smoothie recipe and I promise you don’t even taste it! It’s a great way to sneak in those veggies. Thank you. 🙂

  • Idaintyit
    Posted at 21:01h, 09 February Reply

    You’ve been busy making these 3 recipes in one post! Love the look of the chicken, looks so tasty

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:24h, 09 February Reply

      lol!! 3 recipes in one post definitely keeps me busy, but I really think it helps my readers with meal planning, so that’s what keeps me going! Thank you for the kind words. I do hope you give the chicken recipe a try!

  • Monique
    Posted at 22:03h, 09 February Reply

    I love the sound of the braised chicken! Anything with smoky paprika is a winner in my book 🙂

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:02h, 10 February Reply

      Yay, another smoked paprika lover!! haha!! I never use regular paprika, only the smoked kind. It really can take you dish to another level. Thank you for visiting. I hope you give the braised chicken recipe a try when you can. 🙂

  • Ana
    Posted at 05:00h, 10 February Reply

    WOW, What an incredible recipes! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 05:03h, 10 February Reply

      Thank YOU for visiting!! I hope you can give one of the recipes a try. 🙂

  • Mardene Carr
    Posted at 16:47h, 10 February Reply

    You had me all over the place here with this one. I am also saving it for further use. LOve it!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 21:22h, 10 February Reply

      LOL!!! Thank you, I’m glad you liked the recipes. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Christia Colquitt
    Posted at 02:28h, 11 February Reply

    Yum! Yum! And things I can eat LOVE!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 02:36h, 11 February Reply

      I’m so glad you like the recipes!! Thank you 🙂

  • Roxy
    Posted at 17:31h, 12 February Reply

    I am totally a salad person and this one looks amazing! I’m also a HUGE smoothie drinker so i just may have to add this recipe to my arsenal. I love that you include how to videos!!


    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 18:21h, 12 February Reply

      Thank you Thank you! Yes, this really is a tasty salad. I think the eggplant and arugula taste so good together. I’m glad you like the how to videos!! I always prefer watching a dish being made over just reading the recipe. Thanks for visiting 🙂

  • Emily
    Posted at 21:53h, 12 February Reply

    These recipes look delicious and j can’t wait to try the smoothie. So yummy!!!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:04h, 13 February Reply

      Please do! This smoothie is one of my favs!! Thank you 🙂

  • Karina -My Letters of Transit
    Posted at 23:02h, 12 February Reply

    Everything looks so delicious. Your photography is fantastic! I also really love the video, Im not a good cook, so when I saw the gorgeous photos I thought it would be too hard for me to execute, but watching the video I realized it was much more doable than I thought. I think I may try the chicken recipe this weekend, it looks so good!

    • Daytime Vegan
      Posted at 00:06h, 13 February Reply

      You have no idea how happy this comment makes me!!! I really want my cooking videos to help my readers know these recipes are very doable. It takes so much of my time to record and edit the videos, but comments like yours make it worth it. Thank you 🙂

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