Happy Herbivore Blog

Blog Action Day 2010

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Normally I try to keep Happy Herbivore neutral; leaving politics and activism for other, more appropriate places, than a humble food blog. However, today I'm breaking that rule to participate in Blog Action Day 2010 -- an iniative to help spread awareness about the worldwide water crisis.

Nearly 1 billion people lack access to clean water.

To put that number in perspective, there are only 307 million people living in the United States and only 6.7 billion people living on the entire planet! 

Worse still, nearly 42,000 people die EACH WEEK from unsafe water. Many of these deaths are children under the age of 5 who die from drinking unsafe water or from unhygienic living conditions.

What can you do to help?

Leave animal products off your plate as much as possible. It takes 66 gallons of water to produce 2.2 pounds of wheat and 6,604 gallons of water to produce 2.2 pounds of meat.

Use your iPhone less. iPhone's require half a liter of water to charge. Considering there are over 80 million active iPhone users, that's a lot of water!

Say No to Plastic Bottles: The average American drinks 200 bottles of water each year. It takes over 17 million barrels of oil to manufacture those bottles -- 86% of which will never be recycled. 

Shop less: That cotton T-shirt you're wearing took 1,514 liters of water to produce. Jean require an extra 6,813 liters. 

Conserve. The average person uses 465 liters of water per day. 

My individual water use was 463.94 gallons per day (compared to 1,190.5 gallons per day the average American uses)... figure out your water footprint & make small changes to use less water.

NYC Eats: V-Note

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Travel

It's been a long time since I've posted a restaurant review of any kind, no? I guess that's because Scott & I haven't been traveling (or eating out) as much this past year. A sign I have been way too busy? Perhaps. But that's how I like it!

Anyway, the stars aligned this week and I was able to meet JL and experience a new NYC vegan restaurant with her -- V-Note. Plus, this place had vegan wine. Oh, yeah!

Now on to the food: (& thankfully, since JL and I are homies and foodies, we shared everything, switching plates halfway through each meal -- except for the dessert which was a sort of like an 18th Century dual-by-fork experience).

A wonderful vegan crab cake appetizer -- the sauce was killer!

fresh vegan ravioli in a cream sauce (my fave dish!)

vegan seafood risotto, made with lobster mushrooms.

smoked black beans and tempeh

Heaven on Earth--- I mean, vegan cheesecake. (I really have to hand it to V-Note with this cheesecake -- it was so light and fluffy...not too sweet or rich or thick like most restaurant vegan cheesecakes).

For those of you who know I loathe Blossom, yes I was a tad hesitant to come here. As soon as JL gave me the address I'd realized it was in Blossom's failed UES Cafe but ! despite the same location (they redid the inside -- it's stunning!) and the same chef's in control, the food was marvelous. I highly recommend those raviolis! 

Good food. Great conversation. I was definitely a HAPPY herbivore!

(P.s. Read JL's review here.)

10 Quick-Fix Meals

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Quick-Fix Meals

Some days you're just not in the mood to cook and you need something fast, healthy and satisfying. Here are my top 10 no-fuss meals. (Don't tell anyone, but we eat all of these weekly!)

  1. Tofu Scramble
  2. Loaded Nachos
  3. Black Bean & Salsa Soup
  4. Hawaiian Teriyaki Chickpeas
  5. Mock Tuna Salad
  6. Portobello Steaks
  7. Veggie Biscuit Pot Pie
  8. Bean & Yam Burritos
  9. Chickpea Tacos
  10. Banana or Blueberry Pancakes