Coconut Whipped Cream (Dairy-free) December 04 2015, 0 Comments

Equinox opened yesterday here in Houston and I was dying to go (I have been signed up to join since August)! I knew it was going to a mad house because of diehards like me trying to get started ASAP so I used the Equinox app to signup for my first class- Vinyasa Flow Yoga with the instructor Tom. My thought was yoga would be the perfect class for ‘easing’ back into exercising. This class was more like a headfirst swan dive but I loved it! It was pretty tough but relaxing and calming at the same time! I can’t speak enough great things about Equinox the lobby is amazing, the equipment is amazing, the locker rooms are amazing, the classes are amazing…. I can't imagine anyone signing and not feeling inspired to go and workout! I know the one in Houston is still building up their class schedule but the one in Boston I went to last year had over 30 classes per day at all different times throughout the day! No more trying to find a gym and building your day around them, Equinox always has a class you can jump into and most of them don’t require that you pre-sign up unless it's spinning or one of the running classes! They are still offering to waive the initiation fee of $300 dollars if you sign-up before December 22nd so if you have been on the fence up until now it's time to join!! To book a tour, get more information or sign-up please call or email Ally Totah (, 713.582.0599) and tell her I sent you!  Lastly, I am sure you will be seeing a lot of instagram photos of me there soon so make sure you are following me! Now on to the recipe for today that goes along with those amazing crockpot cinnamon apples from yesterday!! Honestly, you can use this coconut whipped cream in/with any recipe that calls for it and with Christmas coming this would be perfect on top of some hot cocoa!!!  

Quinoa, Broccoli & Cheese Casserole
Serves 8
  • 1 pound of lean chicken breast
  • 1 cup of quinoa, rushed and uncooked
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 head of broccoli, raw or frozen (about 1-2 cups), chopped finely
  • 1 cup of cheddar cheese, divided evenly
  • 1/2 tablespoon of garlic powder, or 1 clove of garlic
  • Optional: 1/2 tablespoon of paprika
  1. *Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking pan with foil. Add in the raw chicken breast and bake in the oven for 18-25 minutes (until done). While the chicken is in the oven start making the quinoa (according to the package instructions) usually it is 1 cup of quinoa and 2 cups of water (or chicken broth). Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for 15 minutes until it has absorbed all the water. While the quinoa and the chicken are cooking, sauté the chopped broccoli and the onions on the stove. Throw in the garlic, a touch of olive oil and the onions to sauté first, when the onions are getting nice and soft add in the broccoli and finish the cooking process. Once the chicken is done it is time to shred it! I like to put it in my kitchen aid and mix it until it is nice and shredded but you can also use your fork. Then add all ingredients into a bowl and mix well! Spread into greased casserole dish and top with the extra 1/2 cup of cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes, uncover and bake for an extra 5 minutes. Then enjoy!
  1. * if you are buying a rotisserie chicken, skip this step. If you use chicken tenders they cook much faster!
  2. **I know this recipe sounds like it has a lot of steps but once you start it won't be as time intensive as it sounds!
calories: 257
fat: 8g
protein: 27g
carbs: 19g

IMG_5381 Nothing I love more than the touches of pink throughout my kitchen, I'm sure my husband would agree ;) IMG_5389  All whipped up and ready to serve! IMG_5394  Once you are done refrigerating the can of coconut milk over night it takes about 5 minutes to mix and whip everything together! I also love that this recipe doesn't require anything more than a bowl and won't take up a ton of container space because the day of christmas container space is extremely valuable! IMG_5424  You can even whip this whipping cream up a day or two before the event and have it ready to go in the fridge! IMG_5428 since making these recipes I have had a little bowl of crockpot apples with the whipped topping every night for dessert and it has been great at satisfying my sweet tooth without leaving me feeling crappy! IMG_5413 I love that these recipes are healthier alternatives to holiday indulging and they don't make you feel like you are giving something up!!! They are also dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan friendly so you won't have to stress about what to serve your picking 'health freak' friend :) What do you think? Does this recipe sound like something you are going to add to your menu? 

Love,  Marla