Happy Herbivore Blog

Try Our 3-Vegetable Scramble & 15 New Recipes This Week!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

This week's meal plans feature 15 new recipes- eating a healthy plant-based diet can be both convenient and delicious, our meal plans prove it!

This week's individual plan includes these new recipes: Strawberry Shake Peach Stuffed Toast Strawberry Parfaits Spicy Mango Quinoa Salad BBQ Wrap Black Olive Hummus Salad

This week's family plan includes these new recipes: Spicy Aztec Bowl Bittman's Sweet Potato Salad Orange Teriyaki Rice Bowl 3-Vegetable Scramble Strawberry Shake Strawberry Parfaits Peach Stuffed Toast Spicy Mango Quinoa Salad BBQ Wrap Get the new plan here.

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"Unbelievable is the only way I can describe your meal plan. It is absolutely wonderful. The food is so easy to fix, my eating is more balanced, I am saving money at the food store, and I am certain that I will lose the 10 pounds I am looking to lose. Thank you so much for coming up with this idea." -Esther "Just finished my 1st 7-day @happyherbivore meal plan and I lost 9.4 lbs! I've finally found something that works for me and I'm so grateful!" @SJlicious

How to Replace Eggs (And What to Use as a Binder!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

I'm often asked how to replace eggs in recipes. I usually have to tell people that it really depends on what they're trying to make! Sometimes eggs are part of the fat content in a recipe, sometimes they're used as a binder, and occasionally they're used as a leavener or thickening agent.

If you're replacing eggs in baked goods, these are my go-to options:

1/4 cup applesauce: add in with wet ingredients but avoid using more than 1 cup total. It works best in breads, muffins, and cakes

1/2 mashed banana: cream banana with sugar to add, although very ripe bananas will increase the sweetness and leave a little flavor. It works best in fat-free cookies, breads, muffins, and pancakes.

2 1/2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed in 3 tbsp water: can be added as original egg in recipe but can add an earthy or nutty taste. Works great in chocolate recipes, granola bars and oatmeal cookies

Canned pumpkin works similarly to applesauce.

There is also vegan egg replacer available at Whole Foods and many health stores. You add water to the mixture and add it straight to your batters.

If you're replacing eggs in a recipe that needs a binder (like in veggie burgers), try these options:

Oats: Add some oats to your batter until it thickens enough to form a patty

Potatoes: Smash potatoes and add to whatever you're making, this works great in veggie burgers or loaf recipes, I like to use sweet potatoes this way as well. Don't create a mash, leave them just a little chunky

Breadcrumbs: You can make your own by putting some bread into the oven and smashing it into pieces, or you can use store bought. This holds things like burgers and lentil loaves together

Flour: You can add whole wheat flour to many wet recipes to get them to thicken up and work better for shaping/forming. Be sure not to add too much or you'll make your recipe very dense!

Minimalist Monday: The Climb

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Minimalist

The universe taught me a great lesson last week. "Today's lesson: Just because you haven't climbed to the top of the mountain yet, doesn't mean you won't make it to the summit. It just means you're still climbing." I'd expected (or, well, had been blissfully optimistic) I'd reach a goal of mine last week and when the results came in and that goal wasn't reached, I was upset...for about 25 seconds, until I said to myself, "Lindsay! Stop pouting and celebrate! You didn't make the goal but you're SO CLOSE, let's celebrate how far you made it!" I had to remind myself to be happy about where I am and seize that moment instead of sulking about what isn't because what isn't isn't what matters. What matters is the progress I'd made. Then I did a little math and realized, if I kept going at the same speed I've been going, I'll reach my goal in the next 13 weeks. 13 weeks? That's it? Okay, party date set! If you're wondering what my goal was, it's about my books. It's such a big goal -- a once lofty aspiration I never thought possible, and now it's so close I can taste it. So what if I'm not there yet? Why am I not celebrating the success I already have? Why can't I be happy and content with where I am? WHY do I always want MORE? It all brought me back to minimalism. I've written a few times how the consumer mentality leads to thinking that you need more, and what you have is never enough, which is a prescription for disappointment, so that's why I'm a minimalist. However, it seems that "consumer" mentality spilled over into other, non-material parts of my life. (I'm finding my minimalist journey has less to do with "stuff" and more to do with "life".) Whatever goal we're trying to reach -- shouldn't we focus on the progress we've made, and celebrate small victories, rather than focusing on the end and the ground still left to cover? I thought back to when I was training for my first marathon. I realized quickly that early on in a run, I couldn't think about all the miles left to run. I couldn't think, okay! 25 ft down, 26.2 miles to go! NO. I had to focus on the ground I covered. Hurrah Lindsay! 5 miles! YEAH you just did 10 you badass! Woot woot! We're at 20! It wasn't until I only had a few miles left that I could use them as a motivator. "Heck yeah! Only two miles, you got this girlfriend!" Why not take that approach with my other goals? Whether it's a business one, a weight goal, a debt goal -- any quantifiable goal, why not celebrate the small victories? I'm not a fan of Miley Cyrus necessarily, but when my a ha! moment happened, Miley's song, The Climb popped into my head: "There's always going to be another mountain \ I'm always going to want make it move \ Always going to be an uphill battle \ sometimes I'm gonna have to loose \ Ain't about how fast I get there \ Ain't about what's on the other side \ It's the climb" Celebrate. And get ready for me to lose my stuff in mid October.