Happy Herbivore Blog

Foodie Friday: HH's Last Week

Posted by: Andrea Dermos |

Category: Travel

Hi Herbies! Hope you're all having a happy Friday ;] This week we celebrated Labor Day, ate salads, went out to eat and made HH's "last meal" before her big trip!

For Labor Day, we made baked BBQ tofu, corn on the cob, cauliflower mashed "potatoes", and baked beans from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook (p. 199). I had never had baked beans before, I ended up liking them.

An Herbie on Twitter mentioned they were having Chickpea Tacos (p. 97) for dinner and I decided we needed to have some too. I've mentioned before that I am a picky eater, and I'm more of a baker than cook, I usually eat the same 4 recipes over and over again and when I was in school I ate chickpea tacos a few nights a week! These are my favorite- they're so easy! They're also really good in a 'taco' salad.

We had tofu in the fridge so I cubed it up and marinated it in the same sauce used for Hawaiian BBQ Teriyaki Chickpeas (p. 127), then I baked it and added it to some pineapple and black beans to make a filling salad. I'm a big fan of baking tofu, I like the texture and how it soaks in the marinade.

Before HH left, Scott took us out for lunch at Top Carrot- a vegetarian friendly restaurant on the island with some vegan options. My sandwich was covered in sprouts, but filled with hummus and sundried tomatoes!

And for HH's last meal before her big trip? A mock tuna (p. 113) salad, and carrot cake cupcake with cream cheese frosting(p. 213).  

Bon Voyage!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

I'm leaving today for my month long trip around Europe (I'm actually getting to meet some Int'l Herbies too!). Before I left, Mama Shay (my mom!) sent me some words of wisdom that I'd like to share with you.

"There's a place I travel when I want to roam, and nobody knows it but me.  The roads don't go there and the signs stay home and nobody knows it but me.  It's far, far away and way afar, it's over the moon and sea and wherever you're going that's wherever you are.  And nobody knows it but me

The things that move us are the things that reflect what we already believe.  That one equals many.  That an individual is part of a greater whole.  That together we can do great things.  That each of us in some way wishes to be part of something bigger, something grander, than simply ourselves.  We believe that things have soul, because someone has put it there.  Woven it in, stitched it on, taken a piece of themselves and attached it somehow somewhere.

We are connected to each other, to ourselves, through our sense of touch.  Our sense of feeling.  We touch something and it reminds us of something else.  We hold something and we like the way it feels, how it makes us feel, how it captures a mood, a memory, a chance.  And every time the sensation comes over us we learn what we've always known:    We feel so we know.  We know so we can find.  We find so we can have."

Replacing Eggs in Baking (Egg Replacers, Egg Substitutes)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Eggs (and how to replace them) always seem to be the big hang-up or confusing part of vegan baking. The good news is, you don't need eggs to have terrific baked goods, they can easy be replaced and substituted out. (That also means you can go hog wild with uncooked batter and not worry about getting sick!)

I've put together this cheat sheet -- a PDF of egg substitutes, when to use them, when not to -- happy baking!

Download the PDF here

(The picture is not the complete chart--just a glimpse of it.)

Note: Since I don't cook or bake with oil, I haven't tried some of these substitutes out myself -- I just heard about them or read about them. My go-to substitute is bananas or applesauce.