Silk Soymilk Tropical Yogurt Parfait

 

The first dairy alternative I ever tried was Silk soy milk. It was my go-to milk replacement for my morning cereal and in my coffee.

 

Then suddenly, the dairy case at the grocery stores were flooded with milk alternatives — almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, hemp milk, etc. — and I tried almost ALL of them. I found myself coming back to Silk soy milk for both the smooth delicious taste and the 8 grams of protein per cup. Having given up meat several years ago, I was hard-pressed to meet my daily protein requirements. Falling back in love with soy was a great plant-based way to get the protein I needed in the mornings to fuel my workout and keep me satisfied until my next meal. Silk is also low in saturated fat and has no cholesterol, two more wins!

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A boost of protein in the morning provides your body with what it needs to burn fat instead of muscle during a workout. Try this Tropical Yogurt Parfait using creamy vanilla Silk Soymilk for breakfast to wake up your taste buds and get your day started off right.

 

Silk Soymilk Tropical Yogurt Parfait
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Prep Time
6 min
Prep Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  2. 1/3 cup Vanilla Silk Soymilk
  3. 1/4 cup diced mango
  4. 1/4 cup diced banana chunks
  5. 1 tablespoon shredded coconut flakes
  6. 1/4 cup all-natural granola
  7. 2 tsp. chopped or crushed walnuts
  8. 1 tsp. honey
Instructions
  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, blend together Greek yogurt and Vanilla Silk Soymilk until creamy and most lumps have disappeared.
  2. In a glass or mason jar, add the diced mango.
  3. Add half of the yogurt/soymilk blend to the glass directly on top of the mango.
  4. Add the diced banana and shredded coconut.
  5. Add the remainder of the yogurt/soymilk blend.
  6. Top with honey, granola, and chopped walnuts.
  7. When ready to eat, stir together & enjoy!
Notes
  1. If you are not planning to eat right away, store the granola & nuts separately. Pour on just before stirring, add honey, and stir.
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Meatless Monday Recipe: Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad

In my opinion, an Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad is SUMMER ON A PLATE!  It’s a simple little salad to put together, but the key is to find the freshest ingredients you can to make it taste amazing!

Heirloom Tomato Caprese Salad | thewellnessscientist.com

Organic tomatoes, freshly-picked basil leaves, high-quality olive oil and balsamic vinegar, buffalo mozzarella, as well as sea salt & freshly ground pepper all make a difference.

We planted tomatoes a little late in the season this year, so the ones I used today are beautiful fresh local heirloom tomatoes from our local market. I’m SUPER excited that I HAVE BASIL in my garden this year!! We didn’t plant any basil last  year, but this year we have 3-4 plants that are doing well. I LOVE going out & picking out a few big, fragrant leaves to include in my summer salads. Ahhhh, summer on a plate for sure!

For the past several years, I have enjoyed going out to my garden and picking beautiful heirloom tomatoes and basil to make this salad. I have experimented with different cheeses over the years, but this is my favorite version.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 large heirloom tomatoes (I used yellow & red ones above)
  • 8-10 basil leaves, chopped
  • Buffalo mozzarella, sliced thinly
  • Extra-virgin olive oil (best quality you can afford — you only need a couple of capfuls)
  • Aged Balsamic Vinegar (again, good quality makes all the difference)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt

Directions:

  1. Slice tomatoes and arrange on a plate. I find that a big serrated knife does the best job slicing tomatoes.
  2. Add a thin slice of mozzarella in between each tomato slice. Sprinkle the chopped basil leaves over the salad, then add a little sea salt & freshly ground pepper.
  3. Using the cap from your bottle of olive oil, add a capful to each row of the tomato combo on your plate.
  4. Finally, drizzle a small amount of balsamic down the center of each row & you are ready to feast!

This salad serves 3-4 people. I always serve with a sweet French baguette. Enjoy!! 🙂

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SO TELL ME …

What are your favorite summer salads? Do you grow lettuce, tomatoes, and other herbs/veggies in your yard? 

 

Meatless Monday Recipe: Tomato & Chickpea Thai Soup

The other day, I was really craving garbanzo beans and a really flavorful soup. I started nosing around in my pantry, which usually has a few goodies I’ve forgotten about. I found a can of my favorite Coconut Milk as well as garbanzos & diced tomatoes, and I got to work creating this recipe.

Tomato and Chickpea Thai Soup | thewellnessscientist.com

I LOVE Thai flavors! One really distinct flavor that I used in this soup (and use as often as I can) is the Kaffir Lime leaf. These are used similarly to bay leaves in soups & sauces for their flavor, while the limes on a Kaffir Lime plant aren’t really edible. If you haven’t tried cooking with these leaves & you love Thai food, you are missing out!

Here’s what you’ll need to whip up this coconut-y, yummy soup.

Ingredients:

  • 1 14-oz can diced tomatoes (with juices)
  • 1 cup (8 ounces)  of canned garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas) to the soup – Save the rest of the can for garnish later!
  • 1 14-oz can coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon of maple syrup (optional)
  • 2 Kaffir Lime leaves
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • Salt, Pepper, and Red Chili Flakes to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a dutch oven or medium/large pot over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion, crushed garlic & a little salt & black pepper. Cook until the onions become translucent (about 8 minutes).
  2. Add the diced tomatoes, maple syrup, cilantro, and Kaffir Lime leaves. Stir to mix well.
  3. Add the garbanzo beans and canned coconut milk. Fill one of the empty cans with water, and add this to the pot. Cover with a lid and and simmer over low heat for about  30 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a blender in batches to puree ingredients.

NOTE: You will need to transfer the mixture to a separate bowl or pot to do this in batches. You want to do this in batches because HOT liquid will tend to shoot out the top of your blender. Been there, done that!  I also tried using a hand blender, and it was NOT powerful enough to puree the garbanzo beans so save yourself a step unless you have a really heavy duty hand blender!!

I toasted the rest of the chickpeas with a little salt & pepper in my toaster oven & added to the top of my soup for a little extra crunch.

I also garnished with a little more chopped cilantro & red chili flakes and served with a couple of slices of a crusty baguette. DELICIOUS!

This is a really nice protein-rich soup that is full of flavor & other nutrients.

SO TELL ME…

Do you like Thai flavors? Do you make your own Thai soups & sauces at home? Share your recipes with me below in the comments!

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Meatless Monday Roundup: Use Those Leftovers

If you’re like me, you hate throwing away leftovers. As if the waste weren’t bad enough, think of all that time you put into grocery shopping, food prep, and cooking just to toss the leftovers away. Ugh, I hate that!

Stop the madness! Today, I’m showing you 5 Easy Ways to use stuff you probably always have in the fridge to make a great breakfast, lunch, or afternoon snack.

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1. Got half a leftover baguette or biscuits from last night’s dinner? How about whipping up French Toast for breakfast or brunch? This recipe is a huge crowd pleaser. As someone who order French Toast every single time I see it on a menu, let me tell you … this recipe makes a mighty fine breakfast or brunch. Got fruit or berries in the fridge too? Perfect! Toss on top for an extra nutrient boost!!

Savory Quinoa Cakes

 

2. If you’re a vegetarian who is always looking to add a little more protein to your meals, then you probably cook quinoa pretty often. Like rice, we tend to cook more than we may use in one serving. Tired of just reheating & eating leftover quinoa? How about trying these awesome Savory Quinoa Cakes? I whipped these up one night before friends were coming over for a cocktail. Even the meat eaters went back for seconds!

Quinoa Breakfast Porridge

 

3. Usually grab a bowl of instant oatmeal for yourself or make hot instant cereal for the kids? Forget about instant today and try heating up leftover quinoa and topping with yogurt, honey, and berries to make this super fast, easy, and protein-rich Quinoa Breakfast Porridge. So so good!

Slice of Fritatta on a Plate

 

4. Got leftover veggies or raw veggies with a short shelf-life? Fritattas are a great way to get a good source of protein (from eggs) as well as nutrients from any veggies you have lying around. The Fingerling Potato & Kale Fritatta in the photo used leftover potatoes as well as some kale I had in the fridge that I threw in for even more of a protein boost. The most popular recipe viewed on this blog with loads of Pinterest pins & likes is the Spicy Veggie Fritatta. Again, this is a great way to use up eggs that are nearing the expiration date, whip up a quick dinner, and use some veggies that won’t last much longer in the fridge.

Talk about using up leftovers… if you make this for dinner, you may even have enough to take with you to work for lunch the next day. Heats up in a minute, unlike those frozen dinners that take 8 minutes in the microwave. I’d much rather be eating than wasting ten minutes heating up something full of preservatives in the microwave!! As Sweet Brown would say, “AIN’T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT!!!!!”

Sweet Brown

 

5. What about bananas? I don’t know about you, but I like my bananas just after they turn from green to yellow. Once they have spots, I have GOT to hide them in a protein shake, something I’m baking, or transform the ingredient (as they say on Chopped 😉 into something more palatable!! Voila! Try these Sweeter Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Full of beta-carotene (which your body turns into vitamin A), these sweet potatoes have a little brown sugar for taste, but you can easily add stevia, raw honey, or anything you prefer for natural sweetness.

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I hope you found this Meatless Monday Recipe Roundup on How To Use Those Leftovers helpful! I’m always looking for ways to use up veggies & other leftovers.

SO TELL ME…

Have you got your own favorite ways to use leftovers? Leave me a comment below & share your tips & tricks!!

 

 

Meatless Monday Recipe: Magical Breakfast Cream

I’ve always been a little enamored with the French lifestyle. The language and the accent were always very attractive to me, which is probably why I continued studying French after high school. The women I met always seemed so confident (and THIN!) as well.

Now, after visiting France, I can say that some of the romantic imagery in my head is true — the open air markets, the calm, “go with the flow” attitude — and others not (not every woman is stick-thin and walking around town with a snobby poodle).

Most of the food is wonderful and people take time to enjoy what they eat, even if that means not rushing back to the office within 30 minutes (GASP!)

A few weeks ago, I started looking for easy & tasty dinner recipes and I stumbled upon the French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook written by once-CEO of the famous Veuve Cliquot champagnerie, Mireille Guiliano.

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I highly recommend this cookbook (which you can find here) for a multitude of fabulous recipes!!

One of my favorite recipes in the French Women Don’t Get Fat cookbook is for breakfast … the tantalizing Magical Breakfast Cream recipe. This is extremely tasty, filling, and highly addictive! I’ve been making this just about every morning for the past two weeks, and I can’t get enough. It has also helped reduce the sweet cravings I was having during the day.

I’m excited to share this one with you for Meatless Monday! Here’s what you need to make one serving.

Magical Breakfast Cream Recipe

Preparation Time: 10-15 Minutes

Ingredients

1/3 cup yogurt (I used lowfat Greek yogurt)
1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
1 to 2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon honey (or to taste)
2 tablespoons finely ground cereal (with no added sugar — I use Udi’s Au Naturel granola)*
2 teaspoons finely ground walnuts*

Directions

1. Mix yogurt and oil in a bowl. Add lemon juice and mix well then add the honey and mix well. (It is important to add each ingredient one at a time, mixing well between additions to obtain a smooth, creamy texture.)

2. Add ground walnuts and cereal to the yogurt mixture and mix well. Serve at once.

* You can finely grind the cereal and walnuts using a small food processor or mortar and pestle.

Mireille’s notes:

* You can do a week’s worth of grinding cereal/nut mixture and keep it refrigerated so in the morning it will take just an instant to mix together!

* Flaxseed oil is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, have no fear, you will not taste the oil in the fine creamy blend.

Very simply and oh so tasty! What’s your favorite healthy breakfast recipe?

Meatless Monday Recipe: Fingerling Potato & Kale Fritatta

Happy Monday! I’ve been feeling really tired lately, and I’ve realized that one possibility is that I am not getting enough protein in my diet. I don’t think I did a great job upping my protein intake when I was training for my last half marathon, so I’m make a conscious effort to track my intake more carefully before I start training for my next run.

Part of the problem is making sure that I have prepared food on hand to fuel up in the morning & after runs, otherwise I get lazy and just grab what is available. Can anyone relate to that scenario?

One of my goals is to start including Nutritional Info with all of my Meatless Monday recipe posts, so if you are trying to keep track of your nutrient intake it will be a little easier for you as well 🙂

My Spicy Veggie Fritatta was SO popular, I decided to create another fritatta recipe. Fritatta’s are tasty, easy to make, and great for leftovers because you can serve it warm or at room temp. Today’s fritatta recipe is a

Fingerling Potato & Kale Fritatta

I think you’ll enjoy it!

Fingerling Potato & Kale Fritatta Recipe

Here’s what you need for about 8 servings.

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped kale
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup gruyere cheese
  • 1 lb. fingerling potatoes
  • Olive oil, 4 tbsp. (1-2 tablespoons are reserved for roasting your potatoes; if you are using leftover roasted veggies, you only need 2 tbsp. of olive oil)
  • 1 tbsp. freshly chopped parsley
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

This is a GREAT way to use up leftover roasted vegetables like potatoes that you have in the fridge. If you don’t have any leftover veggies, check out my Easy Peasy Roasted Vegetables recipe to roast the fingerling potatoes for this recipe.

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After you have roasted potatoes, proceed as follows.

Instructions:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a cast iron skillet or other oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Stir in the kale and minced garlic and cook until greens are wilted.
  3. Add the roasted fingerling potatoes to the skillet and toss to combine.
  4. Preheat the oven broiler.
  5. While the kale, garlic, and potatoes are cooking, beat together the eggs, shredded cheese, and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Pour the egg mixture into the skillet. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 10 minutes (DO NOT STIR!!)
  7. Remove from stovetop & place in the oven broiler (about 6 inches from broiler) for3 to 5 minutes, until eggs are just set & frittata has started to brown/cheese has started bubbling.
  8. Watch closely so that your frittata doesn’t burn!
  9. To serve, top the frittata with the fresh herbs and a few grinds of fresh cracked pepper.

Nutritional Information:

Nutritional Data provided by Wellness Science

Nutritional Data provided by Wellness Science

Slice of Fritatta on a Plate

Question: Do you have a favorite veggie fritatta recipe?  Share it with us below!

Meatless Monday Roundup: Eat Your Greens!

Meatless Monday Recipe Roundup: Eat Your Greens

 

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of St. Paddy’s Day & Meatless Monday, I am featuring some of my favorite and most popular Green Food recipes!

I’d love to hear some of your favorites too, so don’t forget to share your links in the comments below!!

1. Super Clean Green Smoothie

Dr. Oz Detox Smoothie

 

2. Easy Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Arugula Salad | The Wellness Scientist

 

 

3. Mushroom Soup with Greens, Sweet Potatoes, and Ginger

Mushroom Soup with Creamy Almond Butter

 

4. Easy Homemade Guacamole

Photo courtesy of Real Simple realsimple.com

Photo courtesy of Real Simple
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5. Reduced-Fat Asparagus Quiche

Asparagus Quiche Recipe

 

We all know that getting our daily dose of green is good for us. Here are just a few benefits of chowing down on leafy greens!

Benefits of Eating Greens

 

Meatless Monday Recipe: Super Clean Green Smoothie

 

Does the idea of choking down a glass of liquified lettuce and kale make you more than a little queasy? I have to admit, I have tasted a green smoothie or two that was truly awful! Enough to turn me off completely until I found this one … the Green Smoothie from Dr. Oz’s 3-Day Detox Cleanse. It’s yummy enough that I want to drink it all the time, not just during a cleanse.

Dr. Oz Detox Smoothie

Photo courtesy of www.doctoroz.com

It’s super easy to make, and if you despise one of the raw ingredients (like I despise raw celery)  just leave it out!! In my opinion, the pineapple and coconut oil are what make this smoothie a winner, so try to include these if at all possible!

Here’s what you need …

How To Make A Green SmoothieIngredients:

  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup kale leaves
  • 1/2 green apple
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen unsweetened pineapple chunks

Preparation:

Simply add all ingredients to a blender, blend well, and enjoy!

Green Smoothie Recipe

 

 

 

Meatless Monday: Valentine’s Day Champagne Fondue

Champagne Fondue recipe

I don’t know about you guys, but after the last few years of going out for dinner on Valentine’s Day I am SOLD on “Valentine’s-Night-In.” Don’t get me wrong … I love going out for dinner … but there are only a handful of restaurants that I really enjoy and between the service & lack of parking on that particular night — OY!

One of my favorite cozy & romantic “date-night-in” things to eat is fondue.  And since it’s Valentine’s Day, why not add in a little bit of one of my other favorites — CHAMPAGNE!!!

I remember once that I was preparing a Martha Stewart recipe that called for red wine. One of Martha’s tips was to never use wine in a recipe that you wouldn’t otherwise drink. I have NEVER EVER forgotten this, and I think it has made a huge difference in the flavor of my food. In other words, don’t buy something super cheap to cook with just because you aren’t going to drink it. The flavor from the wine (and champagne in this case) will be infused into the food you are cooking. Makes sense, huh?

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Let’s talk fondue pots… I personally use a stainless steel fondue pot, which I have been very happy with. It cleans up easy, and the cheese doesn’t stick as long as you don’t leave it unattended. You can also use one of the newer electric fondue sets (very practical!),  a clay fondue pot or a ceramic one — totally up to you!

You’ll also need a heat source. Some say that you can use a candle to melt your cheese. I say, unless you want to wait until NEXT Valentine’s Day to eat, opt for fondue fuel. The gel-based ones work perfectly!!

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Here’s what you need:

  • 1/2 clove garlic, halved
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) Emmentaler cheese
  • 8 ounces Gruyere cheese
  • 1 cup extra dry champagne
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • freshly ground pepper
  • bite-sized vegetables (I use baby carrots, broccoli, and red/yellow bell peppers)
  • a nice, crusty baguette cut into cube-sized chunks

How to prepare:

  1. Rub the inside of the fondue pot with the cut surface of the garlic clove.
  2. Coarsely grate the two cheeses and add them to the pot.
  3. Add champagne, lemon juice, and cornstarch and stir over medium heat until cheese melts.
  4. Stir with a wooden spoon to keep the cheese from getting stringy.
  5. Stir in the pepper and cook a little longer, until the cheese is smooth and creamy.

To serve:

Spear veggies or bread onto fondue forks and dunk them into the cheese. Allow the fondue to continue to simmer during the entire meal.

Pour yourselves a glass of champagne and enjoy your delicious date-night-in!!  Cheers!

 

 

Meatless Monday Roundup: 5 Meatless Italian Favorites

 

Meatless Monday Roundup: Your 5 Favorite Italian Recipes
Italian food is one of my favorites, and judging from all of the LIKES and REPINS on Pinterest, you love some of these Italian meatless dishes too.

For today’s Meatless Monday post, I’m featuring the FIVE Most Popular Italian Recipes on my blog based on feedback from InstagramPinterestFacebook, and Twitter.

Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

Stuffed Portobello Mushroom

Tomato-Basil Pizza with Gluten-Free Crust

(you’ll NEVER guess the secret ingredient in this crust!)

Gluten-Free Tomato Basil Pizza | The Wellness Scientist

Gluten-Free Tomato Basil Pizza | The Wellness Scientist

Three Cheese Baked Ziti

Vegetarian Baked Ziti

Vegetarian Lean Lasagna

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Linguine with Arugula and Tomato Sauce

Linguine with Arugula and Tomato Sauce

Which one is your favorite? Tell me below in the comments!