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Sweet & Sour Stuffed Bell Peppers, Ratatouille Sandwich, Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie & More!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

If you're tired of eating the same old thing, this week's meal plan will have you jumping for joy!

Sip on the Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie (NEW!) for breakfast, take a bite out of the Ratatouille Sandwich (NEW!) for lunch, and chow down on the Sweet & Sour Stuffed Bell Peppers (NEW!) for dinner!

And when you're not going to town on the new eats, you'll enjoy popular meal plan recipes like the "Tuna" Salad (both plans), Veggie Pot Pie (family), and Lasagna Rolls (family)!

Sweet & Sour Stuffed Bell Peppers

Individual Highlights

  • Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie (NEW!)
  • "Tuna" Salad
  • Beet & Walnut Salad (NEW!)
  • Peaches 'n Cream Oatmeal
  • Sweet & Sour Stuffed Bell Peppers (NEW!)
  • Shiitake & Bok Choy Noodles (NEW!)
  • Queso Bowl
  • Ratatouille Sandwich (NEW!)
  • Quick Burgers
  • Pineapple Crisp

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Ratatouille Sandwich

Family Highlights

  • Ratatouille Sandwich (NEW!)
  • Veggie Pot Pie
  • Sweet & Sour Stuffed Bell Peppers (NEW!)
  • Lasagna Rolls
  • Shiitake & Bok Choy Noodles (NEW!)
  • "Tuna" Salad Sandwich
  • Beet & Walnut Salad (NEW!)
  • SoCal Tacos
  • Fantastic Fruit Salad
  • Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie (NEW!)

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Shiitake & Bok Choy Noodles


"We've only been using the meal plans for a few weeks and we already can't remember how we survived without them. When my husband got home tonight the first thing he said was 'Did you print our new meal plan?'" Nicole M

"I’ve been vegan for years, and I am finally losing weight - about 2lbs a week - thanks to the meal plans! You have turned my food life upside down and I’m never bored now!" - Nicci E

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Teaching Tuesday: How to Pick the Best Produce (Fruits & Vegetables)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Cooking101

Not too long ago I asked Herbies on the HH Facebook page what topics they'd like to see covered for Teaching Tuesday.

Someone suggested how to pick the best produce, and I thought it was a brilliant idea!

I've put together a cheat sheet of the most common fruits and veggies featured in HH recipes (and the 7-Day meal plans), and what you should look for when browsing the produce section or farmer's market.

Apples: Pick apples that are heavy for their size, firm, naturally shiny and deep in color.

Avocados: A ripe avocado should be slightly soft with a dark green skin. If it's bright green and hard, it won't be ready for a couple of days (you can always speed up the process by putting it in a brown paper bag).

Bananas: Look for ones with a couple brown spots; that means they're at their best. Like an avocado, if their skin is green, it will be a couple days until they're ready to eat.

Broccoli: The crowns should be dark green and firm to the touch.

Carrots: Pick carrots that are firm and smooth without little rootlets.

Citrus: Look for a fruit that's firm and bright in color.

Corn: Look for corn with a thick, bright green husk. Don't buy ones that have dry ends. Another good tip: the heavier the ear, the more moisture it's retained, which means it's healthy.

Cucumbers: They should be dark green and firm.

Eggplant: Eggplants should be dark purple in color. If you gently press on the skin, it should give slightly and bounce back. Avoid eggplants with soft spots and/or wrinkled skin.

Kale: If you gently squeeze the leaves, healthy kale will make a squeaky sound and bounce back immediately. It will also be rich in color.

Lettuce/Greens: Look for lettuce or greens that are crisp and healthy.

Mangos: Choose mangos that are slightly soft to the touch and fragrant.

Melons: If you can close your eyes and identify the melon by its smell, you have a winner.

Onions: Avoid onions with sprouts or soft spots.

Pears: Select pears that are starting to get soft below the stem. They should also be free of bruises.

Peppers: They should be firm, naturally shiny and heavy.

Potatoes: Spuds should be smooth, oval in shape and firm. They shouldn't have wrinkled skin or spots.

Strawberries: Look for strawberries that are fragrant, red (not yellow or green), and shiny. Don't forget to check the bottom of the basket/container for bad or moldy strawberries. Mold spreads fast!

Summer Squash/Zucchini: The skin should be bright and consistent, rubbery and have a nice sheen.

Tomatoes: Find a tomato that has a nice red color and is soft enough to squeeze, but doesn't break the skin.

Watermelon: Avoid watermelons that have a strange shape (i.e. asymmetrical). The heavier ones have more water and will be juicier.

Winter Squash: Choose a squash that's heavy. Avoid ones that are soft and have dark spots.

One final note... When in doubt, you can always ask an employee or just go with your instinct. Chances are if the produce doesn't look good, you probably won't want to eat it.

Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4

My Audible Book is Here! Get Your Free Copy!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

By popular demand, my new book, The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living is now available as an audible book!

It's also read by me!

I had a blast reading and recording this book for you!

Audible books are totally cool -- I'm ADDICTED!

Listen to the book in your car when you're commuting, when you're working out, walking your dog --- whatever you like.

(I foolishly made the grand resolution to read 1 book per week this year and while I do READ with my eyes, "reading" audio books during my walks has helped me keep to my resolution).

What I love most about the audible version of MY book is that really captures my spirit and personality.

I wrote the Guide to be conversational -- like we were pals on the couch and I was talking to you... and now I really, literally can!

To get a free copy:

Sign-up for a 30-Day trial audible membership and you'll receive The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living for free!

As I've already swooned: I love audible and can't recommend it enough for listening to my book or any of the other amazing selections. **If you already have an Audible membership this freebie promo does not apply, sorry!**

So go get your audible copy of my new book!

Lastly, I must acknowledge my wonderful, amazing, super talented friend Rob Marshall aka my sound engineer.

Rob, I'm so sorry you had to listen to all my mouth noises ;) and all my other weird habits... like doing headstands in the middle of a recording session ;)

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Buy the audible version!

Happy reading + listening!