Happy Herbivore Blog

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)

Pot Lucks and Holidays

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQHoliday

If you're stressing over what to bring to a holiday meal, remember this: Sharing a delicious meal is a great opportunity to impress and show others how amazing eating plant-based can be! Bring something that you really love. Here's our suggestions:

From the Blog:

German Potato Salad

Maple Glazed Vegetables

Cajun Chickpea Cakes

Aztec Corn Salad

From The Happy Herbivore Cookbook:

Baked Onion Rings (p. 176) (this would be fun if you watch football or other sports with your family at the holidays- plus they're kid friendly)
Ranch Dip (p. 232)
Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo (p. 196) stuffed into mushrooms and baked

From Everyday Happy Herbivore:

Rainbow Greens (p. 235) Note: I know, greens at a holiday party? This dish is delicious and colorful- you might change a few minds about eating greens!
Quick Pesto (p. 205) Tip: Bring this in a serving dish with some crusty whole wheat bread for a delicious appetizer.
Crab Cakes (p. 187) 

You can also check out this post I wrote about plant based meals for meat eaters, and my list of what to take to a pot luck.