Happy Herbivore Blog

Celebrate: Rice Pudding Day!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Cold, creamy, rice pudding can be a great treat for a hot summer's day. Technically, rice pudding day is on Thursday but we're sharing just a little bit early so you can make this in advance and let it cool down. Try a serving for breakfast or enjoy as a healthy dessert!

Ingredients ⅓ cup brown rice, uncooked 2 cups non-dairy milk ⅓ cup raisins 2 tbsp cornstarch a dash of cinnamon a dash of pure maple syrup (optional)

Instructions: Combine rice with 1 cup of non-dairy milk in a sauce pan, cover and bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling reduce to low and continue to cook until rice is cooked and all non-dairy milk has been absorbed. Meanwhile whisk remaining 1 cup of non-dairy milk with cornstarch until well combined. Once rice is cooked, stir in non-dairy milk/cornstarch mixture and raisins. Bring to a boil over high heat and reduce to medium once boiling. Allow the pudding to thicken up, stirring occasionally. Add sweetener here if desired (brown sugar, agave, pure maple syrup--I find the raisins make it sweet enough, esp. with sweetened non-dairy milk, but most traditional recipes call for sugar). If the pudding becomes too thick, thin out with non-dairy milk. If it's not thick enough, continue to cook. Once thick and creamy (takes 3-5 mins) stir in cinnamon as desired (I like 1/4 to 1/2 tsp). Allow pudding to completely cool then transfer to fridge in an air-tight container. Chill for several hours before serving. **If you find your pudding didn't turn out sweet enough, drizzle a little pure maple syrup over top.

Minimalist Monday: Don't Focus on the Undone

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Minimalist

One of my self-improvement projects this year was to read more business books and blogs. I don't have visions of building an empire, but I realized knowing a little bit about business could go a long way for me - -both with Happy Herbivore and my personal life.

Anyway, one of the people I follow as part of this project is Jason Womack. I stumbled upon Jason at SXSW and am currently reading his book, Your Best Just Got Better, which is a great example of how business books can enrich our lives :)

A few weeks ago Jason's weekly email said: "This year - 2012 - is about halfway over. What do you think about that?"

My brain started racing, thinking about all the things I'd envisioned myself doing but hadn't.

Then I kept reading Jason's email, "Our natural tendency is to notice discrepancy. So, what is easy to do? To notice what isn't done... we most easily and readily notice what's not done."

Oh, yes. So True Jason!

Jason continued and his words really resonated with me "Having felt a little more stress than normal lately, I started to explore my own level of "undone" and came to this realization: I'm running at sprint-speed."

It reminded me on my personal mantra which is "drive the bus, don't chase after it" (one day, darn it! I'll drive the bus!)

Taking Jason's advice, I did two things: 1. Recognize a recent accomplishment 2. Recognize something someone else has accomplished that I'm proud of.

I don't want to air a friend's personal laundry on my blog (re: #2), but I can share #1, which was that after who knows how many rounds, I finally decided on a cover for my third cookbook, Happy Herbivore Abroad. That is absolutely worth a small celebration and my attention.

Jason's email made me realize that Yes, I have so much more to do -- and it's not going away, but it's worth taking a moment to remind myself there's more than just the undone to focus on.

It's worth it, if not necessary, to pay attention to what I've accomplished. Why was I always thinking and focusing on what I didn't do, what I didn't get done, and what needs to be done each day without acknowledging all that I had accomplished. Even on a day that wasn't particularly productive, I still accomplished something. Why was I ignoring it and disregarding it totally?

Once I started allowing myself pats on the back, or even just reminding myself of everything I did accomplish, I started feeling a more positive work-life balance. I started feeling better about myself, and what I was doing. I felt better about work.

In looking back, I see how focusing on the undone created a negative energy. It was pessimistic. It was definitely taking away from my zen and happiness, not adding to it. I was, in a way, beating myself down. Even though I wasn't being ugly with myself a la "you lazy dummy! look at all the stuff you didn't do!" just focusing on the undone in general was putting a damper on things. Taking the time to see all I did do, has made such a difference.

What have you accomplished today?

A Vegan Taste of Albuqueque

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

While Scott and I were road tripping in June, we made our way to Arizona, stopping for a late lunch in Albuquerque. As soon as we arrived, I popped onto happycow.net and couldn't pass up a place called Mint Tulip. We tried a buffalo wrap (spicy but delicious) with side fruit salad and a side of their queso, which I didn't think to take a picture of, but it was outstanding! We also had vegan soft serve (which I ended up sharing with the pugs) and Scott treated himself to a peanut butter chocolate shake that was pretty awesome. I also had their mint limeade, which was so refreshing in the heat. After Albuquerque we headed to the Petrified Forrest and Painted Desert which was beautiful and fascinating.