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Power Packed Quinoa

Power Packed Quinoa | Vegan Living by Danielle

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

  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.

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Baked French Fries

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 2 medium sized potato or sweet potato
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or olive oil (you can also use sprayable cooking spray which helps to use less oil and makes this recipe a little more healthy)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp of pepper, optional
  • 1/2 tsp of cumin, optional

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to about 350F.
  2. Cut potatoes into strips length wise. The thinner you cut them, the quicker they cook and the more likely to become crunchy they are. *Tip: if you like crunchy fries, cut them very thin! Lay out on a cookie sheet so they aren’t touching (although it’s not the end of the world if they get a little cozy on the cooking sheet).
  3. Lightly brush or spray the cooking oil on the potatoes. Too much oil could make the fries soggy.
  4. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cooking the fries with spices makes the spices much more potent than adding them after it’s cooked. So remember you can always add more of the salt and pepper after if it’s not enough, but you don’t want to over do it! 
  5. Sprinkling with cumin will also give the fries an extra flavor and this is helpful for avoiding dipping them in ketchup if you’re trying to be healthy!
  6. Cook the fries for about 15-20 minutes, but watch them until they start to get golden.
  7. Take them out to cool for a minute or so

Enjoy!!

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Tuscan Spinach Pasta

Tuscan Spinach Pasta | Vegan Living by Danielle

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 box of pasta
  • 3-4 Tofurky Italian sausages
  • 3-4 handfuls of spinach
  • 1 can of garbanzo beans
  • handful of black or kalamata olives
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 Tbsp basil
  • 1/2 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 cup of pasta sauce
Directions:
  1. In a medium or large pot, bring water to a boil and add pasta once boiling. Turn heat down to medium-high heat.
  2. Place sausages on a frying pan to lightly cook them. Rotate sausages while they cook.
  3. After about 10 minutes, remove the pasta from heat and drain the water. Also, remove the sausage at this time.
  4. Put the pot with the pasta back on the stove on medium-low heat.
  5. Add the spinach, garbanzos, olive oil, spices, and pasta sauce to the pasta and mix well.
  6. Remove the sausages from the pan and slice them into round, bite-sized pieces.
  7. Add sausage and olives to the pasta and mix well.
  8. Cook until spinach is a little wilted, then serve!

Enjoy!

(expected to make about 4-5 servings)

Please remember that recipes are mainly suggestions or guidelines! Don’t turn away from a recipe just because you don’t like one thing about it. They aren’t written in stone!
Here are some suggested modifications to the recipe:
  • If you’re looking for less carbs, ditch the pasta and add at least 2 more handfuls of spinach to the recipe.
  • Need to go gluten-free? Use GF pasta (I prefer Barilla GF ziti), quinoa or rice and don’t use the Tofurky vegan sausage.
  • Replacing the pasta with quinoa cooked with Italian seasoning and adding the garbanzo beans like I did add protein to the recipe.
  • Replace the garbanzo beans with kidney beans.
  • Worried about calories? Serve with less pasta, less beans or sausage, and add at least 2 handfuls of spinach. (This recipe as it’s written is approximated at 760 calories per serving.)