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Celebrate: Chicken Noodle Soup Day!

Posted by: Andrea Dermos |

Category: Holiday

Today is Chicken Noodle Soup day! Why bother with chicken when you can make a comforting, warm bowl of soup with chickpeas? Try HH's Chickpea Noodle Soup instead ;)

Chickpea Noodle Soup
Serves 8

1 whole carrot, skinned
2 whole celery stalks
1 small onion, diced
10 whole cremini (brown) mushrooms
8 cups vegetable broth
1 tsp yellow miso paste
1 tsp tamari
2 whole bay leaves
4 ounces whole wheat pasta, uncooked
1 15 oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

Directions:1. Line a large soup pot with broth, about 1/4 cup.
2. Add carrots, celery and onion and saute over high heat until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms and more broth if necessary.
3.  Continue to cook over high heat until the mushrooms are soft, about 3 minutes.
4. Add remaining broth, bay leaves, miso and tamari.
5. Cover and bring to a boil.
6. Once boiling, add pasta and reduce heat to medium. Cook for another 6 minutes, or until pasta is al dente (adjust time accordingly).
7. Stir in chickpeas and taste test.  Add more miso or salt if necessary or desired.
8. Allow soup to thorougly heat the chickpeas.
9. Fish out bay leaves and serve.

Ask HH: Making the Switch

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

What are your top three (or five, etc) tips for making the switch to veganism? Do you have a beginners shopping list for getting the pantry/fridge stocked when first starting out?

For a beginner’s shopping list (complete with video!) go here. I also have a blog post with transitioning plans here.

That said:

1. Quoting my husband, “Stop looking for meat on your plate.” The Western mentality is that a meal is meat with a small side of vegetables. You have to reprogram your brain here to recognize that a plate of vegetables is a great meal!

2. Examine “cravings.” Is your body asking for a nutrient that you’re simply associating with an animal product? Is it mental or emotional -- are you looking for a comfort food? Even people who are not typically “emotional eaters” can get mentally-charged cravings. Stop and ask yourself “why do I want that? what should I have instead?”

3. If you really liked meat or dairy products, load up on substitutes to help you with the transition, but ultimately, these foods should accent your diet, not make up the bulk of it. Keep “Veg” in vegan or vegetarian.

4. Try new things! Try foods and cuisines you’d have never tried before. My diet is so much more varied now that I’m vegan. I’ve fallen in love with Ethiopian, Indian and Thai foods!

5. Be positive! Go in with a good attitude and you’ll have a good experience! If you walk into veganism happy, full of optimism, believing that you will love it, succeed at it and have an amazing experience...you will!

If you have a question you'd like to be part of the Ask HH series, please send us an email at [email protected]!

Do you have any tips to add for people transitioning to veganism?

Happy Herbivore in Europe: Oktoberfest Day 1

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

I don't know why Germany has such a bad reputation for being anti-veg. Both this trip, and my trip 5 yrs ago, I had no problem finding vegan options. What really has impressed me is that the trains in Germany take care to offer veg fare...even with icons indicating what is vegetarian.

Anyway after Hamburg, Berlin & Cologne I'm in Munich.... with Scott, my best friend Jim, his girlfriend, his sister and her friend Craig.

All of us (except Craig) are vegan or vegetarian.

Our first stop was a classic Oktobefest "watering hole" and we were all surprised to see veg options on the menu!

But most impressive is the beer... and pretzels!