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Power Packed Quinoa

Power Packed Quinoa | Vegan Living by Danielle


  • 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)


  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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Fighting Animal Testing

Lush Cosmetics | Vegan Living by Danielle

If you’re looking to support a company that makes efforts to end animal testing, I highly recommend checking out Lush Cosmetics. Lush marks their vegan products to make shopping easy. You can put your mind at ease shopping with them because you know you’re supporting a company that is fighting to end animal testing and treating yourself.

I purchased these two items, the Kiss and Charity Pot, a few months ago and love both!

The Kiss smoothed my lips so nicely and left a little tint on my lips. You can just lick it off when you’re done scrubbing too and it surprisingly tastes good! I’ve found this product useful to keep lipsticks from flaking off my lips throughout the day. (My favorite lipstick comes from Kat Von D, Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. It’s also vegan and cruelty free!)

But my favorite is the Charity Pot lotion. I’ve always suffered from extremely dry, sensitive skin, especially in the winter. Over 20+ years I have tried numerous tricks and lotions and nothing stands up to this lotion. I only use a dime sized dollop on my hands right before bed and my skin has never been more soft! Plus all profit from the purchase goes to charity.

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Vegan Documentaries

Hey everyone! I wanted to learn more about meat and dairy industries and why going vegan is good for the environment, but most of these documentaries are too graphic and unbearably sad.

For anyone looking to educate themselves more about the vegan lifestyle without the sad parts, I highly recommend watching the documentary, Live and Let Live! It’s a great film that doesn’t show photos or footage of animals being killed or abused like a lot of vegan documentaries do. It is a compilation of stories from many people who you might not expect to go vegan and lots of reasons to go vegan! There are stories of witnessed abuse that is very sad, but not as bad as the footage normally included.

So if you’re considering a vegan lifestyle, looking to get more facts about your existing vegan lifestyle, or know someone who is thinking of going vegan, watch this documentary! It’s available on Netflix streaming.