Happy Herbivore Blog

Celebrate: Peanut Day!

Posted by: Andrea Dermos |

Category: Holiday

Today we're celebrating Peanut Day! While The Happy Herbivore Cookbook is made up of recipes without any added fat, there are a few "cheater" recipes that aren't completely fat free. The "Cheater" Pad Thai (p. 117) uses a little peanut butter to create a delicious pad thai sauce that you can serve over noodles or vegetables, or even in a salad. Enjoy!

"Cheater" Pad Thai Sauce
Makes 2 Servings

2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp smooth peanut butter
1 tbsp sweet red chili Asian sauce
1/4 tsp granulated garlic powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp hot sauce, or to taste

1. In a small bowl, whisk 2 tbsp of warm water, soy sauce, peanut butter, chili sauce, garlic powder, ginger and hot sauce together until combined. It may appear too runny at first, but it's not.
2. Taste, adding more hot sauce if desired.

Use to coat rice noodles, tofu, as a salad topper, or even in a vegetable stir fry!

Gluten Free Seitan

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

A common question I get is how to make something gluten-free. For things like baked goods, you can use a gluten-free all purpose flour blend (purchased commercially or made at home) or try my nifty oat flour trick.

The trouble comes when you need to replace vital wheat gluten, or you want to make seitan which is all gluten.

Gluten-free gluten? Is that even possible?!


My friend Talia introduced me to OrgraN’s Gluten-Substitute more than a year ago. I’ve been recommending it right and left ever since and have had many Herbies write me thanking me, saying this product changed their life.

You can use it to make seitan, but you can also use in instead of vital wheat gluten in any recipe.

Amazon sells it in bulk, but if you don’t want to buy several boxes right off the bat -- check at small, independent and locally owned health stores. I never found it at Whole Foods Market, but the small little heath store in my neighborhood had it. Any store with a large and generous gluten-free section might also have it. It also never hurts to ask a store to carry it. If they already have other OrgraN products, I don’t see why they’d say no.

Have you used OrgraN? What did you think?

Happy Herbivore in Amsterdam

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

The nice thing about revisiting a city you've been to before is you can hit the ground running. You already know your way around so no time is lost starring blankly at a map.

Although it was grey, damp and chilly day in Amsterdam, the city still shined. Nothing can dull the beauty that is Amsterdam. When I first backpacked through Europe, Amsterdam wasn't even on my radar. I chalked it up to being a sleezy city for hookers and pot heads and while I have no opinion and pass no judgment on people who participate in either of those activities, it's not my cup of tea. Why would I go there? But I had to go there --- I had to pass through to get to where I was going and no one was more surprised than me by how much I loved it there.

Amsterdam is beautiful. Stop your breath beautiful. Sure there are hookers (more on that in a minute) and pot heads, but the architecture -- the kind spirit of the inhabitants -- the endless canals... Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to and I've been to a lot of places!

I was so happy to come back here -- and soak up one of my favorite cities. I spent the afternoon drinking beer on a quite corner along one of the canals and finished The Hunger Games, which I just started the day before. It's been a long time since I read a book in 24 hrs. (I guess that's my way of recommending.)

 I'm here another day (1 day is just not enough!) and then I'm on to Germany where I will meet two Herbies!