Happy Herbivore Blog

What is Miso?

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

What is miso? Miso is basically a fermented condiment. It's made from soybeans, barley or rice, or a combination thereof. Miso can also be made from chickpeas for a soy-free option. It has a salty taste but a unique one. I really like the sharp taste in "cheese" recipes. It's also great for making broths and dressings and you can use it instead of table salt if you like.

Is there a substitute? Unfortunately, no. Miso is very distinct and there is no substitute for it. 

What brand should I buy? Don't worry about brand so much as color. I prefer yellow miso, which is a mellow miso. White and red misos are an okay substitute but steer clear of brown or any dark colored miso. (They are really strong and taste different. Brown misos won't work in HH recipes.) 

Where can I find it? Miso is refrigerated, usually by produce and other refrigerated condiments (like dressings). You can find it in health food stores (such as Whole Foods Market) and Asian grocery stores. My little corner street bodega in New York City even had it. Always ask, chances are it is in your store but hiding.

Sophie's Kitchen Giveaway (Closed!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |


Sophie's Kitchen is gave away a sampler pack of their vegan seafood products to a lucky Happy Herbivore reader.

A little bit about this new vegan seafood line:

  • Sophie's was voted "Best New Vegan Products" by VegNews!
  • All products are made from Konjac root.
  • Most items are gluten-free (soon all will be gluten-free).
  • Several of their products are oil-free and fat-free!
  • No GMOs, MSG, Preservatives or Artificial Colors.

You can find Sophie's products in most health food stores, Whole Foods Market and online at Vegan Essentials and Cosmos Vegan Shoppe. Give them a like on Facebook, too. 

Guest Blogger: Little Chef Adam Makes Single-Serving Brownies

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

Today's guest blogger is a special little boy named Adam who just loves baking Happy Herbivore recipes (with mum's help!). Adam will also be appearing in my new cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore

Now, let's get to it!

Hello everybody! My name is Adam and I am six years old. I can tie my shoes and I am learning to ride a two-wheeler. I like to bake (and eat — hee, hee, hee) sweet stuff with my mum, who likes to blog at roboticwhimsy.com. Today I am baking HH's single-serving brownie that is kind of like a cupcake.

The first thing I do before I start baking is put on my apron and wash my hands so they're clean and shiny. Then Mummy helped me get out all the ingredients.

I sprayed my cupcake holder with oil so that the brownie wouldn't stick. I don't want brownie bits to stick because that means less brownie for me to eat (Boo hoo).

I carefully measured out the flour.

I also measured out the chocolate chips. The chocolate chips are my favourite part. I ate two chocolate chips to make sure they were good. They were.

I mixed all the dry ingredients together. I am a super mixer.

When everything was super mixed, I added the wet ingredients.

I put the batter in the muffin cup. Some batter got on my fingers so I licked it off. It was good.

I was a little scared of putting the brownie in the toaster oven because it was hot. So Mummy helped.

While the brownie was baking, I ate the leftover batter that didn't fit in the muffin cup. Yummy!

The brownie was excellent! Awesome! Great! Turbo Genius! I shared it with mum and Leah (my littler sister). Everyone loved it and I can't wait to make it again.