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1 List, 5 Meals: Summer Fresh Faves

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Just like last week, this week's meal plan focuses on using summer fresh vegetables! Use whatever's growing in your garden or CSA bag for the Tofu Scramble and Pad Thai! I also took care to select recipes that are skillet or stove cooked (no hot oven required!). Enjoy! 

Download the PDF here (or use the image on Facebook)

Have a great weekend! 

p.s. Vote for me (Lindasy Nixon) for fave cookbook author & Happy Herbivore for best blog!here

Guest Blogger: Vegmom

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

Today's guest blogger, vegmom, is a super cool runner mom to her vegkid and the family canine. See how HH recipes have brought harmony to their meal times:

VegMom: I think I've made more recipes from your cookbook in two weeks than most of my other books' lifetime! The husband even comes home now asking "what are you trying tonight?" (with excitement instead of worry) and my Vegkid is always holding your cookbook saying "I WANT THIS" and pointing to his new find...

And I say OK, because it is easy and fast, full of goodness and because I CAN!  My kiddo is mostly veg and always dairy-free due to a medical condition, so HH recipes work perfectly.  

Really, your cookbook has made him a very happy camper because he now has the ability to eat mac and cheese. That is a BIG deal for this mom. Mac and cheese was really the only food he ever missed. I've already made your mac and cheese (p.159) 3x in the last two weeks! (He asks for it almost every day!) I have to say thank you 1,000 times! Seeing a smile on my child's face is worth every penny.

I am also thankful that I can make beautiful colorful plates using HH Recipes and suggestions, that even my 8 year old loves. 

My sons plate with mango, asparagus, mashed potatoes & teriyaki chickpeas (p. 127)

Delicious braised asparagus (p.171)

I love the SINGLE serving treats and desserts that the whole family loves! Hello Rootbeer Float cupcakes (p. 214) GENIUS!!! 

I even made some Cinnamon Buns (p.36) with real yeast.. I've never done that before... Oh My YUM! 

And surprise breakfast that made the whole house smell delicious...thank you French Toast (p. 24):

Last night, by the way, we tried the Quick Queso (p. 263)!

Needless to say this Herbivore Family is enjoying every bit of Happy Herbivore Goodness!

HH: I'm so glad you're loving the recipes Vegmom and that your son has his mac n' cheese again! You're very welcome!

Have you made any of these recipes for your family? 

Minimalist Monday: Cooking 1 Day a Week

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Minimalist

I love meal planning and now I've gone a step further: I cooked all of our meals for the week in one day. In fact, Happy Herbivore meal plans encourage it!

Admittedly, the first time I tried cooking all my meals ahead I wasn't sure if this would be possible. It seemed so crazy and unrealistic. Could I really cook all of our lunches and dinners in one day and reheat them during the week? Would the food still taste good?

My other concern was the practicality of it. I liked the idea of getting all my cooking over and done with but I didn't want to waste hours doing it. Plus, I only have 3 pots (two are rather small) and one skillet, which means multitasking (cooking multiple recipes at the same time) was out of the question, too. 

Still, I had to try it. Even if it took me 10 hrs.

First, I gathered all of my ingredients:

Then I popped in a DVD (I probably should have been more productive and listened to an audio book or my German lesson, but alas!) and got busy prepping and cooking.

Here are our precooked meals laid out in a grand fashion:

These represent lunches & dinners. Because I eat fruit, and sometimes oatmeal, and Scott eats a bread product (such as toast) for breakfast, it made no sense to cook these items ahead. We also have side salads at nearly every meal, which are not pictured.

As someone who has always hated leftovers I cannot believe how much I enjoyed this approach. Instead of having to stop what I'm doing to prepare dinner or make lunch, I could just get up, reheat, eat and then go back to whatever I was doing. I had so much extra time! I accomplished so much more! 

Remember when I wrote about single-tasking for maximum productivity? Well that's in play here as well. Of course not every recipe is going to work for this model but a good bit do and I cannot begin to tell you how fabulous it is. I just loved that when my hungry tummy was rumbling a delicious meal--often with many choices! was waiting for me. I felt like I was at a restaurant all week.

If you've ever been attracted to the insta-ease of fast food, take-out or frozen dinners, this approach is for you. Healthy, homemade food is ready and waiting for you after a long day at work. It's awesome!

So by now you're probably wondering--- but how long did it take me? 

The answer: three hours and thats because I had so few pots to work with. Had I had more pots to use, I'd have really been able to book it. Plus, I got distracted a lot in those three hours too. I was checking on my laundry, sucked into Harry Potter... you know, the usual.

Do yourself the favor and give it a try -- just once. I estimate even when I work at my fastest, with pulling out ingredients, cooking and then clean up, it takes me 30 minutes to an hour for every meal. Over the course of the week that's 5 to 10 hours! Compare that to 3 hrs in one shot! What a savings! This means more time to do what I want -- and also a lot less stress around meal times. Ahh yes, minimalist indeed. 

Have you tried once a week cooking? Do you dare to try it?

Try our meal plans! It makes eating healthy so easy!