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DIY Happy Herbivore Holiday Gifts

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

With the holidays coming up, you might be wondering what you should get for the foodie in your life! A few weeks ago Courtney (my sis!) wrote a post about saving money this holiday season and mentioned making your own gifts as an option. A DIY gift has such a personal touch and can really make your friend or family member feel special. 

Try these HH inspired foodie gift ideas to give a healthy and delicious treat as a gift this holiday season!

1.     Jars! Take advantage of ball jars (green-friendly) and fill them with your favorite HH dessert or bread recipe ingredients. You should layer the ingredients one by one to make a pretty effect in the jars. After you’ve filled the jar, seal it, place a ribbon or bow on it, and make a custom little card with instructions to add the wet ingredients and enjoy. Use one of these recipes to create a jar full of delicious:

Corn Bread (p. 49, Happy Herbivore Cookbook)

Chocolate Chip Cookies (p. 203, Happy Herbivore Cookbook)

Double Chocolate Muffins 

2.     Make a dry soup mix for winter months! Fill a bag with seasonings, dry beans or noodles.  Create a tag with instructions on adding the wet ingredients and cooking.  Try this with our Moroccan Lentil Soup

3.     Create a custom spice blend. Happy Herbivore recipes rely on spices to bring you healthy cooked food full of flavor. Combine spices in a pretty glass spice jar from the craft store and create a custom label for them. You can even send them suggestions on which recipes to make with them!

4.     Homemade baked goods are always a winning present as well. Why not bake some delicious cookies this year and share them with friends? They won’t even know that you’re giving them a low fat, healthy alternative in the midst of holiday sugar overload! You can package the cookies in treat boxes from the craft store, and customize each package with different ribbon, or other decorations.

There's also the 2012 HH calendar -- each sale supports students!

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Where to Store Your Food

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

I like to give tips on how to eat healthy and vegan while on a budget. Storing your produce right will give it a longer shelf life so you'll waste less and save money on your bill!

Bread should be kept on the counter. Putting bread in the fridge will dry it out and cause it to go stale faster. Bread can last up to a week on the counter, just be sure to close the packaging securely after you grab a slice. 

Flour should be kept in an air-tight container. It's best kept in the fridge to prevent it from going bad. Most people don't even realize that flour can go bad but if you're not a frequent baker, you may want to place your flour in the fridge or freezer.

Here are some tips for produce:

  • If you want to store fruit on your countertop, be sure to keep your produce out of direct sunlight. 
  • When you have fresh herbs, cut off the ends and put them into a glass of water (like you would with flowers!)
  • Keep your fruits and vegetables separate in the fridge. Fruits and vegetables give off a gas called ethylene. When you keep all of your produce in one section of your fridge, you're allowing the gas to build up and speed up the ripening process so your food may go bad faster.
  • Tomatoes should be stored unwashed and always at room temperature.
  • Mushrooms can be kept in a cool, dry place and should only be washed directly before use.
  • Store lettuce or greens in a plastic bag inside of your fridge. Add a few paper towels into the bag. The paper towels will absorb any excess moisture.
  • Things like potatoes, onions, squash, and garlic are best kept in a cool dark area of the kitchen.

Download our Free Cheatsheet for storing food.

Plant Based (Vegan) Christmas Recipes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

I can't believe Christmas is already here! If you're planning your Christmas menu and want some ideas on delicious plant based vegan dishes that will please meat eaters and guests- check out my suggestions!

Blog:

Cranberry Sauce 

Maple Glazed Vegetables (also p. 174 in HHC)

Maple Cornbread Biscuits (also p. 39 in HHC)

Sweet Potato Biscuits

Brown Gravy

Skillet Green Bean Casserole

Hippie Loaf (also p. 144 HHC)

The Happy Herbivore Cookbook (HHC):

Cornbread (p. 49)

Thanksgiving Gravy (p. 255)

Cranberry Sauce (p. 267)

Corn Pudding (p. 173)

Tofu Turkey (p. 152)

Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo (p. 196)

Hippie Loaf (p. 144)

Tomato Soup (p. 67)

Traditional Stuffing (p. 195)

Twice-Baked Potatoes (p. 191)

Collard Greens (p. 288)

Dijon-Herb Green Beans (p. 197)

Everyday Happy Herbivore (EHH):

Dijon Asparagus (p. 226)

Whole Wheat Drop Biscuits (p. 37)

Dijon Rice with Broccoli (p. 161)

Smoked Cauliflower Soup (p. 97)

Rainbow Greens (p. 235)

Cherry Quinoa Salad (p. 122)

Chickpea Gravy (p. 287)

Harvest Cornbread (p. 65)

Harvest Homefries (p. 232)

White Bean Gravy (p. 36)