Happy Herbivore Blog

25+ Plant-Based (Vegan) Spring Holidays & Brunch Ideas

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

Whether it's for a holiday celebration or to simply enjoy the warm weather, spring is the perfect time to invite friends and family over for brunch.

Here are few easy and healthy brunch ideas that are sure to be crowd pleasers!

P.S. I have an entire section dedicated to Easter and Passover in my new cookbook, Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings, which comes out in November!

We'll also have a special spring-themed meal plan next week! Check back on Wednesday for details!

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins

Muffins

Spiced Carrot Muffins (HHC, p. 43)

Blueberry Yogurt Muffins (HHLL, p. 48)

Pineapple-Carrot Muffins (HHLL, p. 47)

Blueberry Muffins (HHLL, p. 50)

Frittata

Main Dishes

Tofu Scramble

Seitan Pot Roast (HHC, p. 133)

Migas (HHA, p. 54)

Frittata (HHC, p. 15)

Spinach & Mushroom Quiche

Quiche with Greens

Spinach Artichoke Frittata (EHH, p. 32)

Lentil & Pear Salad

Soups & Salads

Creamy Carrot Soup (HHC, p. 62)

Carrot Soup (HHLL, p. 105)

Lentil & Pear Salad (HHLL, p. 128)

Waldorf Salad (HHLL, p. 130)

Pear & Arugula Salad (EHH, p. 118)

Maple Glazed Vegetables

Sides

Maple Glazed Vegetables or Savory Glazed Carrots (HHA, p. 74)

Cheesy Cauliflower Hash (EHH, p. 233)

Herbed Home Fries (HHC, p. 30)

Vegan Deviled Eggs

Baked Vegan Latkes

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Sweets

French Toast

Crepes, (HHA, p. 158)

Blueberry Bundt Cake (HHA, p. 151)

Apple Fritters (EHH, p. 258)

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Drinks

Bloody Mary Mix (HHLL, p. 251)

Herbie of the Week: Heidi (She's Off Her Blood Pressure Meds & In The Best Shape of Her Life!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Herbies

Meet our Herbie of the Week: Heidi!

Heidi was only 25-years-old when she was put on medication to regulate her heart rate and blood pressure. Knowing that wasn't healthy, a friend introduced her to whole, plant-based foods, and within 3 months Heidi was off her medications!

A year later, Heidi "fell off the wagon" when she was deployed to Iraq and let meat and cheese back into her diet. It wasn't until after the birth of her first child (and finding out her daughter was lactose intolerant), that Heidi recommitted to a plant-based diet -- and the results are amazing!

Here's Heidi's story in her own words!

When I was 22 I found out I had high blood pressure, especially my diastolic number -- always in the upper 90s. The doctors told me to cut back on salt, and that was it. I was in the military, so I exercised regularly and thought I was in "very good" health. Then at age 25 (nearly 5 years ago), I started having an irregular heart rate. After several weeks of monitoring and tests, the doctors decided to put me on a Beta-blocker to regulate my heart and blood pressure.

In talking with my best friend one day, I revealed my new meds, and she (thankfully!) did not hold back her feelings. "Heidi, I am so worried about you. You're 25. You should not be on this kind of medication. I'm going to tell you what you need to change, and I don't care if you don't want to hear it. I love you too much to keep quiet." She proceeded to tell me about the healing powers of whole, plant-based foods. I knew she was right, so the next day I cleaned out my pantry and fridge and started over. Within three months I was safely off the Beta-blocker, my blood pressure was normal, and my heart rate was regular.

About a year later I was deployed to Iraq, and I fell off the wagon a bit. I still stayed away from most processed foods, but I allowed meat and cheese back into my diet about once a week or so. Eating plant-based in the desert pretty much meant having salad w/salsa, steamed broccoli, fruit, beans, and rice every day. I allowed this backslide to take over my willpower more often than I cared to admit for the next two years.

In 2012, at age 28, I gave birth to my first child. After the initial weight came off, I staggered at 127 lbs for weeks (I'm only 5'0" with a petite frame, so that's heavy for me). After about two months we learned that my daughter, who was exclusively breastfed, was lactose intolerant. What a wake-up call for me! I knew dairy was bad for me, but I'd allowed my selfish desire for the taste of cheese to cause her gut pain. And that was it -- I was back on the WFPB diet for good. It was then I learned about Happy Herbivore, the benefits of omitting oil, and just how delicious plant-based cooking can be! Within 5 weeks I was back in my pre-pregnancy jeans, and down to my "naturally healthy weight" (as I call it) of 110 lbs, which I have effortlessly maintained for almost a year now...and my *new* pre-pregnancy jean size is TWO sizes smaller than before!

Last June I ran my first official 5k (5 mins faster than my goal time!), and now I'm training for my first half marathon. I turn 30 this month (the 28th!), and I'm not at all nervous or depressed about it. I'm in the best shape and health of my life. Even after having gone through pregnancy, I look and feel better than I did in high school! I couldn't have done any of this without the continual support of the HH Facebook groups and delicious HH recipes!

Thank you a million times over for what you do. You are changing and saving lives!

Thank you for sharing your story, Heidi!

"Steak" Tacos with Mango Chimichurri, Peanutty Collard Greens, Sonoma Salad Sandwiches & More!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

Get ready for another 7 days of delicious, fuss-free eats with this week's meal plan!

Brand new recipes like the Mango Mint Smoothie (NEW!), Peanutty Collard Greens (NEW!), Coconut Milk & Citrus White Bean Dip (NEW!, indi.), Sonoma Salad Sandwiches (NEW!, fam.), and "Steak" Tacos with Mango Chimichurri (NEW!) are all waiting to leave you feeling full and satisfied!

Let's eat!

"Steak" Tacos with Mango Chimichurri

Individual Highlights

  • Mango Mint Smoothie (NEW!)
  • BBQ Chickpea Wrap
  • Orange Quinoa Salad
  • Peanutty Collard Greens (NEW!)
  • Sweet Potato & Pea Curry
  • Coconut Milk & Citrus White Bean Dip (NEW!)
  • Chocolate Shake
  • "Steak" Tacos with Mango Chimichurri (NEW!)
  • Easy Spinach Wraps
  • 1-Minute French Toast

Get this meal plan now.

Peanutty Collard Greens

Family Highlights

  • Sonoma Salad Sandwiches (NEW!)
  • Refried Bean Burritos
  • Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry
  • Mango Mint Smoothie (NEW!)
  • Creole Beans & Rice
  • "Steak" Tacos with Mango Chimichurri (NEW!)
  • Peanutty Collard Greens (NEW!)
  • Sweet Potato & Pea Curry
  • Slow Cooker Peach & Blueberry Oats
  • Garlic & Kale Soup

Get this meal plan now.

Mango Mint Smoothie

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