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Mexican Quinoa Salad

Vegan Mexican Quinoa | Vegan Living by Danielle


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (or water with 1 tsp cumin and 1/2 tsp pepper)
  • 1 can of corn
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes, with jalapeños if you like spicy!
  • 1 can of your favorite beans (chickpeas, kidney, or black beans)
  • 1 can of olives
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1/4 red onion
  • 1/2 lime (approx. 1 Tbsp of juice)
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped (1 Tbsp dried cilantro)


  1. Put dry quinoa and stock, or water and spices, in large sauce pan over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low when the pot is boiling and cover.
  3. Let quinoa cook for a total of approximately 15 minutes, or until all kernels are open and fluffy. Stirring is not necessary or recommended. Best results come when the lid is left on during the whole cooking process.
  4. Once quinoa is thoroughly cooked, move it to a bowl. Refrigerate to cool if desired to serve salad cold.
  5. While the quinoa is cooking and cooling, prepare remaining ingredients. Thinly slice zucchini and quarter the slices; dice red onion.
  6. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  7. Combine quinoa with remaining ingredients and mix well.
  8. Serve cool or warm and enjoy!
  9. Option to top each serving with sliced avocado and a whole, fresh cilantro leaf.
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Mediterranean Quinoa Salad

Mediterranean Quinoa Salad | Vegan Living by Danielle


  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable stock (could substitute water, but stock is much more flavorful; low-sodium stock highly recommended)
  • 1/8 cup fresh parsley or 1/2 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion (about 1/4 of a larger onion)
  • 1/2 can chickpeas
  • 1 med cucumber with the seeds removed, diced
  • 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup halved kalamata, green, or black olives (depending on your taste)
  • juice of 1/2 lemon (roughly 1 1/2 Tbsps)
  • juice of 1/4 lime (roughly 1/2 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  1. Put dry quinoa and stock in large sauce pan over high heat.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low when the pot is boiling and cover.
  3. Let quinoa cook for a total of approximately 15 minutes, or until all kernels are open and fluffy. Stirring is not necessary or recommended. Best results come when the lid is left on during the whole cooking process.
  4. Once quinoa is thoroughly cooked, move it to a bowl and refrigerate to cool.
  5. While the quinoa is cooking and cooling, prepare remaining ingredients, and mix in a bowl.
  6. When quinoa has cooled, combine quinoa with remaining ingredients and mix well.
  7. Serve cool and enjoy!


It is the season for barbecues, picnics, and grad parties. I highly recommend doubling this recipe to bring to these events! It is definitely a real crowd pleaser. Also, quinoa and chickpeas have a good amount of protein for you, so it’s definitely a good thing to bring with you to picnics to be sure there is a vegan option for you that has a substantial amount of protein.

I like to take a bit of it with me as my lunch, or serve a few scoops on the side of dinner!

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How to Go Vegan

Hi everyone!

I’ve found that many people I talk to about my vegan lifestyle say that they unsuccessfully have tried going vegan starting from a diet that includes meat and other animal products. A drastic change like that is not sustainable.

Here’s a secret…transitioning your diet to 100% vegan does not need to happen in one night! If you try to cut out 100% of animal products in one shot, you are more likely to become overwhelmed by the change, be unsuccessful at sustaining the change in diet, and actually suffer from withdrawals from the certain foods. (Yes, animal products can be addicting. Read about it here and here.)

Here are some suggested steps to help you ease into a 100% vegan diet:

  1. Try a few vegetarian or vegan recipes a few times a week. I recommend not going too far off from foods you normally eat, and avoid too many products that are substitutions. Many people make the mistake of expecting veggie burgers, chik’n nuggets, and plant-based cheese to taste exactly like the real thing.
  2. Dedicate one day a week to going completely meatless. Increase the number of meatless days as time goes on. Do so with caution, if you reintroduce meat after abstaining for a long period of time, it could lead you to gastric distress.
  3. Another option to begin the transition to vegetarianism is to start by eliminating all but one type of meat, like chicken or fish.
  4. Once you’ve cut meat out of your diet, eliminate dairy. If necessary, you can allow yourself one dairy product like cheese or milk, or only allow yourself this dairy product on a certain day of the week. I also advise caution with reintroducing dairy after abstaining for a long period of time, as this could could lead you to gastric distress. (Let’s be real, should your food really cause you to get sick if you haven’t been eating it for long periods of time?!)
  5. At this stage, you will find that eliminating eggs will be relatively easy compared to the other foods.
  6. After removing eggs, you can focus on avoiding other foods that are commonly forgotten like honey, gelatin, whey, casein, lard, some red food coloring (cochineal, carminic acid, or carmine), some sugars, and some confectioner’s glaze just to name a few! When in doubt, Google! Also, check my post on some of my favorite Vegan Lifestyle Apps for some really useful apps.

My point is, go easy on yourself! Make this lifestyle change work for you. Don’t get caught up in labels and making extreme changes. Little changes add up over time and will make a difference for the animals or environment no matter how small!

How to Go Vegan | Vegan Living by Danielle



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T-Shirt Giveaway!!

T-Shirt Giveaway | Vegan Living by Danielle
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Tortilla Pizzas

Tortilla Pizzas | Vegan Living by Danielle


  • 2 medium sized tortillas
  • 1 cup veggie ground crumbles (found in the same section as veggie burgers)
  • 1/2 cup pasta sauce
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 2-3 baby bella mushrooms
  • 4-5 black olives
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic or 1/2 tsp powdered garlic
  • 1/2 tsp oregano


  1. Preheat the oven to 450F with the cookie sheet in the oven to warm it for quicker, more even cooking.
  2. Slightly warm the veggie crumbles in a small pan on low heat with olive oil, garlic, and oregano, stirring occasionally. Don’t over cook it now, because it will cook more in the oven and you don’t want it to be dry!
  3. Slice the mushrooms and olives, chop the spinach, and set them aside.
  4. Take the cookie sheet out of the oven and place tortillas on the sheet side by side so as little of the tortillas are overlapping as possible, if at all.
  5. Spread the tomato sauce evenly over the tortillas, leaving a little room around the edges for crust. We don’t want too much sauce or the tortilla will not cook evenly. 
  6. Add toppings evenly over the pizzas.
  7. Place cookie sheet back in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Watch for the edges to be a golden brown, you might not even need 8 minutes! 
  8. Remove cookie sheet from oven and use a spatula to take the pizza off the sheet and put it on a plate or cutting board to cut into 4 or 6 pieces per pizza!

Makes 2 tortilla pizzas.

If you’re like me and like to dip your pizza in ranch or some type of dressing, I recommend the vegan dressing: just ranch. You can find it at most Target stores!


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Veganize Your Holiday!

Hi everyone!

With Easter around the corner, I’m here to share some tips on how to make lots of dishes vegan! Lots of holiday recipes call for milk or butter, but lucky us! We live in an era where vegan substitutes for non-vegan items are becoming more accessible and taste better than in the past.

Here are some tips to a vegan or dairy-free holiday:

You can create a vegan form of a recipe by swapping out dairy milk for unsweetened, original soy milk!

You can also do this with butter by using Earth Balance spread or stick instead. Also, check the ingredients of some margarines for “Contains Milk,” because some margarines are made with milk, but some use olive oil or soy ingredients instead, like Country Crock Calcium plus Vitamin D spread.

Vegan candy for Easter baskets! Sour Patch Kids, Swedish Fish, Air Heads, Dots, Mike and Ikes, Smarties, Dum Dums, Fireball, Jolly Ranchers, and Blow Pop! Most dark chocolates don’t contain milk, but always double check the label. Justin’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter cups are vegan and Target’s vegan chocolate selection has been expanding!

Hoppy Easter!





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Power Packed Quinoa

Power Packed Quinoa | Vegan Living by Danielle


  • 1 sm zucchini
  • 1 lg sweet potato
  • 1 bunch kale (sub spinach if desired)
  • 1/2 sm yellow onion
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • 1 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup dry quinoa
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic (sub 1 tsp powdered garlic)
  • 1 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp of plain hummus per serving as topping (optional)


  1. Cut all leafy greens of kale from stems into pieces roughly the size of a playing card. (The best way to cut kale is to slice directly along the stem, on both sides of the stem, removing the leafy green from the stem entirely. Then cut the greens into desired size. The stems are edible, so feel free to add them to the meal if desired. I like to put the greens into a colander after cutting to rinse.) Set greens aside for later.
  2. Cube the sweet potato and put in a pot with the dry quinoa.
  3. Add 1/4 tsp cumin and 1/4 tsp chili powder to the pot.
  4. Add water and put the pot on high heat.
  5. Cover pot and set a timer for 20 minutes, but reduce heat to medium-low once it reaches a boil. (No stirring is necessary while quinoa is cooking.)
  6. Chop onion and place in pan over medium heat with olive oil. **If using garlic cloves, mince garlic and add to the pan now as well. Add powdered garlic later with the other spices.**
  7. Slice zucchini, then cut slices into quarters. Add zucchini, kale, garbanzos, pine nuts, and remainder of the spices (add powdered garlic here).
  8. Cook until all veggies are tender, stirring occasionally.
  9. Serve veggies on a small bed of the quinoa and top with a tablespoon of hummus and a sprinkle of cumin or chili powder if desired.
  10. Enjoy!

Makes approximately 4 servings.