Happy Herbivore Blog

Minimalist Monday: Boxes Boxes Everywhere!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Minimalist

When Scott & I moved to Colorado (or well, decided to live the mobile life) we widdled our possessions down even more. 

This was our storage unit that held all our belongings while we lived in St. Maarten for a year:

This is what we took to Colorado. It's still a little too much for my inner minimalist, and I suspect we'll weed through it a bit more once we settle into Colorado. It's mostly clothes, gear, kitchen things, computers and camera equipment:

and this is what we got rid of:

Anyway, point is -- we're living among many of these boxes. I'm still (slowly) putting things away and I've found myself more anxious and stressed than usual. A real reminder that less is more and out of sight, out of mind.

When I have a clean, organized environment I'm happier, less stressed and more productive -- it took living among boxes to realize this, to be reminded of it. 

My hope is to insure you to get up, and put a few things away -- out of sight! Let it be zen! 

What to take to a Pot Luck

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

It's that time of year -- parties and potlucks a plenty!

So what can you take to a pot luck that will please herbivores and carnivores alike?

Chili Sans Carne (p. 81)

Cincinnati "Skyline" Chili (p. 83) 

Mexican Dip (p. 230)

Meatless Balls (p. 165) or Veggie, Bean & Quinoa Meatballs (p. 153) they keep beautifully in the crockpot and can be served in buns on stand-by! 

Corn Pudding (p. 173) 

Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo (p. 196)

Baked Beans (p. 199)

Low-Fat Guacamole (p. 231)

Ranch Dip with Veggies (p. 232)

Ultimate 7-Layer Dip (p. 235)

and of course muffins and cupcakes! 

All the recipes with page numbers are from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook.


Vegetable Sources of Protein

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

Because this topic never gets old. I'm always surprised how many questions I receive about protein and my hope is with this post I can answer some of them. (I've also written about protein before, see this post to find out how much protein you need).

Let me start by saying all whole foods contain protein -- even kale and bananas. Sure some whole foods have more protein calorie for calorie than others, but if it a whole food, it has some protein, which means as long as you eat enough calories (and those calories come from whole foods), you aren't going to be protein deficient (see this post for more info and resources). 

Here is a list of plant foods that happen to be rich in protein... but remember, just because a food doesn't make this list doesn't mean it doesn't have protein. If it's a whole food it has protein, it's just not high in protein by comparison.

Soy (soy beans, tofu, tempeh)

Lentils & Beans


Peas (surprise!)


Spinach (100 cals spinach has more protein than 100 cals of steak!)

Seeds & Nuts

For a complete list, and handy info guide -- see this chart by the wonderful Vegetarian Resource Group.