Blog Topic: Advice

Cooking Grains Ahead + Freezing (With Video!)

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We all know that brown rice is a healthier choice than white rice — but why must it take 40 minutes to cook?



This became my ongoing problem. I love brown rice, but when I came home after a long day, I just wanted to whip up one of my recipes in 15-20 minutes... not wait 40 for my rice (my rice!) to cook!!

So, I ...


Not Losing Weight on a Plant-Based (Vegan) Diet? Here's Why (How to Lose Weight)

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Most commonly, we hear about individuals who went plant-based and lost 20, 40, 60... or even 100 lbs. or more. These amazing individuals (and their inspiring accomplishments) are highlighted each week on Happy Herbivore as part of our "Herbies of the Week" series.

Still, at least weekly, I get an email or I see a comment on Facebook a lot like this one:

"I keep ...


Minimalist Monday: It's About Doing The Best You Can

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I love the Internet, and yet I hate it, too, because I find you're setting yourself up for a lot of scrutiny... even when you're trying to do something positive.



The whole point of "minimalism" is not about deprivation, but living more purposefully and intentionally. It's about simplifying your life and doing more with less. 

My own take on minimalism goes a ...


Why You Should Eat Potatoes (& Ways to Eat Potatoes)

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I will never understand why people forsake the potato. No, a potato isn't "fattening" — it's a vegetable! The "problem" is the company Mr. Potato sometimes hangs around with. It's not the potato in the french fry that's fattening, it's the oil the potato was fried in and is dripping with. It's not the baked potato that's unhealthy, it ...


How to Cook Without Oil (plus a video!)

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Cooking (and baking!) without oil is easy.

Here's a quick video (below) of how to cook and saute without oil. My secret? vegetable broth! However, you can also use water (but broth is better!)



You can find my DIY recipe for vegetable broth in any of my cookbooks.

If you're using store-bought vegetable, look for low sodium varieties and make sure there are ...