Recipes

Green Goddess Guacamole

Green Goddess Guacamole | Vegan Living by Danielle

Ingredients:

  • 2 hass avocados
  • 1 Tbsp fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 small, red onion, diced
  • 2 1/2 tsp lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin

Directions:

  1. Cut the avocados in half.
  2. Remove the pits and cut the avocado into square sections, then scoop from peel into the bowl. (You really don’t need any fancy avocado cutters for this. You can get the pit out by prying it out with a butter knife, and cut it with a butter knife too. That way you don’t go through the peel and cut yourself. Scoop out the meat of the avocado with a spoon or the butter knife. To tell if an avocado is ripe, it should be slightly squishy, but not so squishy that your fingers leave dents. There shouldn’t be much resistance at all when cutting the avocado in half. If the avocado is ripe, the pit should come out easily.)
  3. Add remaining ingredients to the avocado and mix.
  4. Mash the avocado with a fork, spoon, or potato masher. (Mash to your preference. I like my guac a little chunky!)
  5. Add salt, pepper, and any other spices to your preference! Every tastebud is different.

Enjoy!

(Healthy Tip: the appropriate serving of an avocado for one person at one meal is 1/3 of an avocado. Keep this in mind when consuming the guac, I have to think about this to stop from eating the whole thing!…and licking the spoon…)

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Winter Kale Salad

Winter Kale Salad | Vegan Living by Danielle

Ingredients:

Salad –

  • 8 cups of kale, thick stems removed
  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa (I think red or tri-color quinoa look the best)
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds (walnuts work well too, we have a nut allergy in the family so I sub hemp seeds)
  • 2 apples, chopped (I like fuji and honeycrisp best, but chose your favorite apples!)
  • 1/2 cup of pomegranate seeds (sub dried cranberries)

Dressing –

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Put dry quinoa in a small pot with 1/2 cup of water.
  2. Set timer for 15 minutes once the burner is turned on.
  3. Move the temperature to low or medium-low once water is boiling. (You’ll know quinoa is fully cooked when the kernels opened and look fluffy.)
  4. Remove the thick stems from kale and cut into bite-size pieces.
  5. Put all kale in a pot to steam with about 1-2 cups of water. Stir kale and repeat until all kale is very slightly cooked.
  6. Once kale is cooked, drain the pot and pat kale dry with paper towel if needed.
  7. In a small bowl, mix the apple cider vinegar, olive oil, lemon juice, and syrup.
  8. In a large bowl, combine cooled kale, cooled quinoa, fruit, seeds/nuts, and dressing.
  9. Toss until mixed thoroughly and dressing is evenly distributed.
  10. Enjoy!

Makes about 4 side salads, or 2 lunch-sized salads!

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Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl

Banana Berry Smoothie Bowl | Vegan Living by Danielle
Smoothie Bowls are way easier to make than you think!

Ingredients:

  • Smoothie:
    • 1 1/2 cup frozen fruit
    • 1/3 cup non-dairy milk (hemp, almond, soy, cashew, flax…)
    • 1 scoop vegan protein (my favorite is Arbonne’s vanilla protein)
    • 1 Tbsp flax seed or chia seeds (I use a chia/flax blend)
    • optional – a very small handful of spinach (Recommended if you have difficulty getting your veggies in. This will change the color of your smoothie bowl, but shouldn’t affect the taste too much. You may also be interested in a powdered greens supplement.)
  • Toppings:
    • 1 banana, sliced
    • 1/3 cup of your favorite berries
    • 1 Tbsp flax seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, or oats

Directions:

  1. Blend together the frozen fruit, non-dairy milk, protein, seeds, and spinach until smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie in a bowl.
  3. Top with the banana, berries, and seeds or oats.
  4. Enjoy!

Makes 1 serving

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Lily’s Favorite Chili

Lily's Favorite Chili Award | Vegan Living by Danielle
Won the “Most Creative” category at a Chili Cook-Off!

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 1 (28 oz) can of ground peeled tomatoes
  • 1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, finely diced (optional for spice lovers)
  • 1 cup dry quinoa
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp of cayenne (optional for spice lovers)

Directions:

    1. Place olive oil, garlic and diced onion on low in a crockpot.
    2. Cut up the sweet potatoes.
    3. Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, quinoa, water and all the spices to the crockpot.
    4. Rip or cut kale leaves to bite sized pieces.
    5. Stir occasionally.
    6. Once the quinoa grains have opened, add kidney beans and kale.
    7. Stir occasionally.
    8. Ready to serve when the sweet potatoes are soft (approx. 8 hours).
    9. Serve warm and enjoy!

This recipe is a good one to meal prep! Cooled chili can be separated into freezable Tupperware containers and kept frozen until they are ready to be eaten. For this, and almost all recipes, I recommend leaving the peel on and just washing all veggies well. The peel contains a lot of the nutrients, and we wouldn’t want to waste all that goodness by throwing it out!

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Ideas for Serving Quinoa Salad

There are many different ways you can serve quinoa salads!

The two recipes that I have shared so far are the Mexican Quinoa Salad and the Mediterranean Quinoa Salad. Both of these could be served on their own, hot or cold.

Some other ideas include serving the quinoa salad over a bed of fresh greens. The Mexican Quinoa Salad always pairs well with some salsa and slices of avocado.

One of my favorite ways to eat these salads, is wrapped in a tortilla, served cold, with some fresh greens. This is a really good way to grab lunch or dinner on the go! The Mexican Wrap is delicious with avocado slices and fresh salsa (the less liquid in the salsa the better). The Mediterranean Wrap is very yummy with a tablespoon or two of hummus spread on the tortilla.

Most tortillas are vegan, but always check the label to see if it contains milk, eggs, honey, or other non-vegan ingredients. For help identifying non-vegan ingredients, check out my post on Vegan Apps on iTunes!

Enjoy!

xo,

Danielle

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Mexican Quinoa Salad

Vegan Mexican Quinoa | Vegan Living by Danielle

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Directions:

  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

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

  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!