Happy Herbivore Blog

Happy 4th of July

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

Happy 4th of July! Since I'm traveling today to speak and demonstrate at Vegetarian Summerfest, I had a cookout with my friends a few days earlier. 

Here are our delicious vegan eats:

Baked Beans (p.199) and Potato Salad (p.189) from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook. The baked beans were such a hit, that my friends actually made them the next day for another cookout!

A Mediterranean-inspired quinoa salad my friend Jane & I threw together based on what she had on hand. The base is quinoa but we added chopped kale, tomatoes, green olives, artichoke hearts, oregano, fresh garlic, red bell pepper, red onion and lemon. It was really, really delicious.

My plate... we also had grilled corn (not pictured). 

I'd asked for suggestions on HH's Facebook about what to grill and I'm so glad I took the portobello & corn suggestions to heart!

A treat I brought from St. Maarten. We all dipped our watermelon in it----delicious!

Other Suggestions: Mushroom Burgers (p. 89), "Tuna" Salad (p. 113), Teriyaki Chickpeas (p. 127), Tofu Chiliquiles (p. 129), Italian Sausages, Eggless Egg Salad, Aztec Corn Salad, Portobello Steaks (p.148), Low Fat Guacamole, Corn Pudding (p. 173), Southwestern Macaroni Salad (p. 183), Low-Country Cucumber Salad (p. 186), Veggie Slaw (p. 187), Charleston Red Rice (p. 192), Ranch Dip (p. 232).

What are you having this 4th of July?

Foodie Friday - July 1

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

I'm home in NYC now (so expect some great pictures of what I've been eating at my favorite vegan restaurants next Friday!) but here are some of the foods I made back on the island:

Portobello Steaks (why are mushrooms always so difficult to picture?). 

I turned them into fajitas with peppers and onions using a whole-wheat wrap.

Mmmm Mock Tuna! I eat this easily 3x a week during the summer months. 

Another addiction -- these are homemade refried beans but they take just minutes to make! They're so much better than canned that I don't buy canned refried beans anymore. It's a recipe in my new cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore.

I developed a love for grits when I lived in Charleston, South Carolina. I make them occasionally for breakfast as a nice alternative to oatmeal. These "charleston" grits are a recipe in my new cookbook, EHH. Only a few spices, but man does it really add a nice flavor & complexity. LOVE it.

This is my new favorite dinner --- its a trio of recipes from my new cookbook, EHH, but if you put the biscuits in first, then let the gravy warm while you cook the sausage crumbles---a fancy dinner in under 15 minutes! Plus they're all really easy to make: mix and heat. YUM. YUM.  (These were the biscuits I was trying to make when I ended up with the applesauce/apple biscuits!)

Here's the "sausage" up close -- so, so good! 

Guest Blogger: Cassandra L.

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

I'm always excited about our guest bloggers, but I love that today's guest blog post happened to coincide beautifully with New York passing a gay marriage law last Friday. I've always believed that Love is LOVE so I'm incredibly happy to see my home state recognizing marriage equality! 

But I don't want to take anymore away from Cassandra, this week's guest blogger who put a spin on Happy Herbivore's low fat guacamole for a Pride party!

HH: Was this your first time making the low fat guacamole ("Edamole")?

Cassandra: I first made the Edamole (p. 231) and your black bean brownies (p. 209) during the winter for a party I went to. Both got great reviews from my family and friends. My brother-in-law, Jamie, said the edamole was so good that he could eat a ton of it! (He said that about the brownies too!) He then asked me to make both for his Pride party, but I only had enough time to make the edamole. 

Eric (Cassandra's hubby) & Jaime 

HH: Did you make any changes to the recipe?

Cassandra: I usually don't change anything but for the party I made a few simple changes: Instead of salt I used kelp granules and since tomatoes are just coming to season (and mine were not out yet), I used canned organic Italian diced tomatoes. 

HH: I love the idea of using kelp instead of salt! What a healthy substitute! Plus, kelp is so nutritious! How'd the edamole go over at the party? 

Cassandra: It was a success! I would make it again for any party. 

HH: Have you made any other Happy Herbivore recipes? 

Cassandra: Yes! I've made the Aztec Corn saladMexican Cabbage (p. 130), and Corn Soup. When I took your black bean brownies to work, all my coworkers asked me for the recipe. I've had so many great reviews on your cookbook and I tell customers about it too! I really do love your cookbook. And everybody I let borrow it loves it too!

Cassandra used red cabbage instead of regular cabbage in the Mexican Cabbage recipe -- a great example of making a recipe work with what you have on hand.

Cassandra added extra vegetables to HHs Aztec Corn Salad, making the recipe "her own." 

HH: Aww thanks Cassandra!! That't too sweet and generous of you!! It was great having you and I'm thrilled my recipe was part of a Pride celebration!

Have you made HH's low fat guacamole? If so, did you make any changes to it?