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Foodie Friday: Vegetarian Summerfest

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

I've been at Vegetarian Summerfest this week and in between my food demonstration class and book signings, I've been eating some really awesome food! The Summerfest chefs provided oil-free, low fat and gluten-free options in addition to their regular fare which has just been awesome. It's so nice to have someone else cook for me just like I like it! 

Here is a quick look at the meals I've enjoyed:

Lunch: Tofu Ruben (delish!) and Quinoa salad with a side salad I made from the salad bar and watermelon slices as dessert.

Dinner: Chili on quinoa, gluten-free (oil-free) cornbread, mixed greens.

Breakfast: Oatmeal, Hash browns (oil-free!), Carrot Cake Muffin, fresh fruit & grapefruit to help aid with digestion. 

Lunch: Mushroom Soup, Ginger Slaw, Tofu Salad Wrap & watermelon for dessert.

Dinner: "Meatloaf", rice pilaf, greens, gluten-free roll & watermelon for dessert. 

Breakfast: Gluten-Free Pancakes, Grits, "Aromatic" Oatmeal, tiny helping of a breakfast fruit crisp & blueberries, carrots & grapefruit to help with digestion.

Guest Blogger: Julie S.

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

Hello from Vegetarian Summerfest! I've had a wonderful time the last few days and can't wait to share my experience with you! In the meantime, we have an awesome guest blog post today from JulesEnjoy!

Jules: I'm thrilled to be a guest blogger here at Happy Herbivore! A recent addition to my beloved cookbook collection is the Happy Herbivore Cookbook. Right away, I knew there would be more than a few gems in this book, but even more exciting is how enthusiastic the rest of the family is about trying some of these new recipes! My daughters, especially --- I could barely get my own hands on this cookbook once it came because they kept it from me, drooling over the recipes and accompanying pictures.

Analisa, the seven-year-old in our family, got very excited about the prospect of Eggnog French Toast (p. 25) (especially when she realized you don't need actual eggnog to make it - at first she was concerned we might not get to try this recipe until the holiday season). Everyone raved about the French toast -- so good! I was worried I was going to have sticking problems like I have with some other foods recently (I think I need a new pan), but these little triangles of whole-wheat goodness cooked up to crispy perfection. Yum!

We loved the French toast so much, in fact, that we had the regular French Toast (p. 24) just a few days later -- with fresh blueberries.

Meanwhile my nine-year-old daughter, Liliana, requested the Blueberry Scones (p. 55) for breakfast. We used fresh blueberries and opted for no sugar in the dough; however, we couldn't resist spooning some Vanilla Icing (p. 255) over the top. Delicious! As Liliana pointed out, you can't even tell there is banana in these scones. Tricky little banana! It made a soft, tender scone that doesn't taste like banana!

After we'd had our fill of sweet breakfast treats, I was craving something savory, with vegetables. The Garden Chowder (p. 71) seemed like it would fit the bill. Even better: it was super easy. Other than a little veggie chopping and whisk-action at the beginning of the recipe, it's mostly a dump-things-in-pot-and-stir recipe. I love those kinds of recipes! My husband, Oscar, and I both loved this chowder. Oscar also took some leftovers to work the next day and it received several admiring looks in the lunch room!

"Beans and Browns" (meaning baked beans and hash brown potatoes) are a staple breakfast in our house, so I knew I'd have to try the Baked Beans (p. 199) right away. 

I confess: When it comes to baked beans, I usually just buy the canned vegetarian baked beans at the grocery store. But oh -- the sugar! The sodium! I knew there had to be a better way. I liked that the ingredients the HH Baked Beans are all pantry staples so I made it. 

I'm happy to report that the result is delicious and I'll be keeping this recipe in regular rotation, for sure. It does take some time, beginning to end -- about an hour -- so I'm wondering: would it work to put everything in a small slow cooker and set it to low until morning so that it is ready for breakfast? I think I'll be experimenting soon!

HH: Thank you so much for guest posting Jules! Your pictures are incredible and you have such a beautiful family! So thrilled to see my recipes are kid-approved!

Have YOU made a HH recipe for a kid or teen?

A (Mini) Family Reunion

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Advice

After everything that happened with my Dad a few weeks ago, it was a real treat that our paths came just close enough that we could have a brief visit last week. The day I arrived in New York City, my parents were scheduled to leave Pennsylvania, where they'd been on vacation. We decided to meet in the middle of the two points at my cousins house, even if it was only for a few hours. 

My cousin picked me up at the train station on his way home from work and as soon as we arrived at his house, I noticed there was more than my parent's car in the driveway. My aunts and uncles had also made the trip. I haven't seen my family in well over a year, so it was so wonderful to see all of them.

They also surprised me by throwing me a surprise birthday -- some 84 days in advance! They had picked up a cake from Vegan Treats and even my most skeptical omnivore relatives thought the cake was the best they'd ever had (it was pretty awesome!).

I can't recall the last time I celebrated my birthday with my parents, let alone my extended family, so even though my birthday isn't until September, it was really great to be able to have a celebration with them.

Have you ever had a surprise birthday party?