Fall yogurt parfait

Okay so you may look at the ingredients and go "Squash and granola??? Are you crazy Emily??" Trust me - it's delicious!

Fall yogurt parfait // vegetarian, refined sugar free, vegan/dairy free option

Ingredients:

- 3/4 cup yogurt of choice (I prefer sheep's milk, but Greek or coconut milk also work well!)

- 1/2 cup roasted winter squash (butternut, kabocha, etc) or sweet potato

- 1/3 cup granola of choice

- Sprinkle of cinnamon

- Pinch of sea salt

Instructions:

  1. Layer ingredients in bowl or to-go container: yogurt, squash, granola.
  2. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sea salt. You can also add a drizzle of maple syrup or honey for added sweetness.

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait

Pumpkin Pie Yogurt Parfait // gluten free, vegan + dairy free option

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup yogurt (I prefer sheep's or goat's milk, but you could also use cow's milk or coconut milk yogurt)
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • Small scoop vanilla protein powder
  • Splash of water (as needed)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger + allspice)
  • Sweetener to taste (stevia, maple syrup or local honey)
  • Toppings: granola, slices banana, toasted pumpkin seeds

Instructions:

  1. Combine yogurt, pumpkin puree and protein powder in your bowl or container and mix to combine. Add water as needed to thin out the mixture so it's like a thick yogurt consistency (this will depend on the type of yogurt you use and the amount of protein powder).
  2. Stir in chia seeds and pumpkin pie spice. Add sweetener to taste.
  3. Add toppings and enjoy!

Note: I like to let this sit for a few hours (or overnight) so it thickens up even more, but it's still good eaten right away!

Easy Broiled Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce

Over the past few months, I've been going, going, going, often relying on the the wonderful, healthy options that the NYC food scene has to offer, but recently I've been back in my kitchen, getting creative with new recipes and rediscovering meal prep!

This is a recipe that I've made a few times and I love it so much! Its super quick and fuss-free, yet tastes like something special you would order at a restaurant. The lemon dill yogurt sauce makes for an amazing dressing, both with the salmon and for salads.

Easy Broiled Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce // dairy free option, paleo

Serves 2-3

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets (I used the frozen wild caught steelhead from Trader Joe's, thawed in my fridge before cooking)
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2-3 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • 1 container thick yogurt (Greek yogurt or coconut yogurt works great)
  • 1 small Persian cucumber, diced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven (broil). Line a baking dish with parchment paper or foil. Place salmon fillets, skin side down, on paper or foil. Drizzle each fillet with 1 tsp olive oil and half of the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper.

2. Cook salmon. Depending on thickness, it may take anywhere from 7-10 minutes, so keep an eye on it. The salmon is done when you can flake it with a fork (i.e. it's not still raw inside!)

3. Make sauce while salmon is cooking. Whisk together yogurt, remaining lemon juice, and dill. Taste and add salt & pepper as desired. Mix in cucumber.

4. Eat! Serve salmon topped with a few tablespoons of yogurt sauce. I like to put this over a bed of greens and use the sauce as a dressing.

What I Ate Wednesday 6/1/16

In an effort to show you all more of what I eat as a plant-strong, active adult, I'm starting a new series here on the blog - "What I Ate Wednesday."  Every other Wednesday (or so) I'll snap a picture of everything I eat and post the pictures plus descriptions here on the blog.  I'll share helpful information on what I'm eating and why.

PLEASE, please, please do not think that your food choices should directly mirror mine - we are all different and what works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa.  I'm still figuring out what works best for me and guess what?  It's changing all the time. I'm simply sharing my choices with the hopes to give you more ideas when it comes to healthy foods and meals.

Here's what I ate this Wednesday:

Upon waking: water + lemon juice, coffee blended with 1 tsp ghee, cinnamon + a few drops of liquid stevia. Quick tip: Ghee is clarified butter which means it is butter with the milk proteins removed. Many people who cannot tolerate dairy can handle ghee.

Breakfast: Steamed kale, sweet potatoes, sauerkraut + 2 hard boiled eggs. Superhuman breakfast, to go!

Snack: Strawberries + small handful of raw almonds, iced black tea with lemon from Hu Kitchen

Lunch: Some sugar snap peas (not pictured) and this gorgeous salad: mixed greens, broiled wild caught steel-head salmon, garlic sauerkraut + tangy lemon dill yogurt dressing. This salad was super flavorful, and SO easy! Would you guys want the super simple recipe for this salmon and dressing? Let me know in the comments below!

Snack: Smoothie with protein powder, water, frozen cherries + vanilla extract. Not pictured.

Dinner: Zucchini noodles, marinated tofu + quinoa. Tofu - I'm still on the fence with you. I had a craving for it last week, but I don't think my gut loves it (soy can be hard to digest). Peppermint tea to curb my sweet tooth after dinner (yes, I have a sweet tooth, and yes this actually works to quell it!)

 

Like I mentioned, I'm always looking to find what foods work best for me through experimentation, and trial and error. Hey, I never thought I would eat dairy again and here I am, trying it out (sheep's milk yogurt and ghee) and doing just fine! Want some help in finding what foods work best for your body and LIFE? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!

What I Ate Wednesday 5/18/16

In an effort to show you all more of what I eat as a primarily plant-based, active adult, I'm starting a new series here on the blog - "What I Ate Wednesday."  Every other Wednesday (or so) I'll snap a picture of everything I eat and post the pictures plus descriptions here on the blog.  I'll share helpful information on what I'm eating and why.

PLEASE, please, please do not think that your food choices should directly mirror mine - we are all different and what works for my body may not work for your body, and vice versa.  I'm still figuring out what works best for me and guess what?  It's changing all the time.  I'm simply sharing my choices with the hopes to give you more ideas when it comes to plant based foods and meals.

Here's what I ate this Wednesday:

Upon waking: Water with lemon essential oil. Bulletproof matcha tea (SO GOOD!) - get the recipe here!

Breakfast: 2 eggs + LOTS of veggies at Hu Kitchen. Brought by own sauerkraut to add on top!

Lunch: Veggie noodles, spicy mushroom salad more kraut + turmeric kombucha. I usually try not to eat out 2 meals in a day, but Wednesdays have turned into crazy teaching days where I'm running all over the city, so I rely on my favorite Hu Kitchen to fuel me well!

Snack: Watermelon + raw fennel - yummy combo! Super hydrating after reaching a bunch of classes!

Dinner: Sheep's milk yogurt + Parsley chocolate protein + 1/2 banana, walnuts, shredded coconut. Quick tip: Did you know that sheep's milk is more easily digested than cow's? Plus, its usually way less processed. I'm experimenting with how it works with my gut (cow's dairy is a no-no) and so far, so good!!

 

Like I mentioned, I'm always looking to find what foods work best for me through experimentation, and trial and error. Hey, I never thought I would eat dairy again and here I am, trying it out and doing just fine! Want some help in finding what foods work best for your body and LIFE? Schedule a complementary strategy session with me!