Category Archives: Everyday Happy Herbivore

Fruit Crisp and NOLA Gumbo

One of the things I’ve been enjoying about our June VegCookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, is the “normal” ingredients it uses, and how quickly things come together.  Yesterday, I was having a sweets craving, and was able to whip up this Fruit Crisp in a jiffy. All you need is a bag of frozen fruit (check), oats (check), flour (check), raw sugar (I used brown sugar), agave nectar (I didn’t have any, so I used maple syrup), and cinnamon (check).

The result is a mildly sweet, warm, crunchy, fruity comfort dessert. Yum.

The NOLA Gumbo was also pretty quick to pull together, and I had most of the ingredients (flour, garlic, onion, celery, bell pepper, cajun seasoning, can of tomatoes, can of kidney beans, veg broth, oregano, thyme and basil). It also calls for Tabasco, but I left the Tabasco out, and served it on the side.

I cooked my gumbo down a bit, so that it is was more like beans in a thick sauce, rather than a soup.  I also let it sit for a couple hours in the fridge, which really brought out the flavors.

What did you VegCook this week?

Can you believe it’s almost July? I’ll be announcing our July VegCookbook soon!

Full disclosure: The link to Everyday Happy Herbivore is connected to my Amazon Associates account. If you buy something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

Curried Quinoa Salad + Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce + Cinnamon Bun Smoothie

Happiness is having time to cook  ~ me

Yay! I *finally* had time yesterday to really dive into our June VegCookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore.  I tried 3 new recipes:

The Curried Quinoa Salad was super delish and I’ll definitely make it again.  It was supposed to have cucumber in it, but my cucumber didn’t look so good when I peeled it, so I added an avocado instead (yum!).  I didn’t add the optional vegan yogurt, but I did add the optional celery which gave it an awesome crunch that contrasted nicely with the creamy quinoa, mango and avocado.  The quinoa is “curried” because you cook it with vegetable broth and curry. So good!

The Sun-Dried Tomato “Cream” Sauce tasted a little too nutritional yeasty for me when I took a taste from the pan, but blended into the pasta the nutritional yeast flavors faded and I tasted more of the garlic and sun-dried tomato.  The hubs gave it a thumbs up with the suggestion that it be served with more sun-dried tomatoes and some sauteed bell peppers.

Yum, yum, yum.  The Cinnamon Bun Smoothie is dessert in a glass. If you don’t like cinnamon, this isn’t the drink for you, but I loved the combo of banana, coconut milk (the kind you buy in a carton, not from a can), cinnamon, maple syrup, and vanilla. I’ll definitely make it again!

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: The link to Everyday Happy Herbivore is connected to my Amazon Associates account. If you buy something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

Lemon Jam Biscuits

It was another crazy week when, sadly, the only home-cooked thing we had was spaghetti & Trader Joe’s meatless meatballs.

Boo hoo.

This week will be better!

I didn’t want to have *nothing* from our June VegCookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, to share with you, so early this morning I tried the Lemon Jam Biscuits recipe ’cause I had all of the ingredients on hand (flour, a lemon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and applesauce). Plus, they were quick to make.

I wouldn’t eat them plain as they don’t have a lot of flavor, and are kinda tough, but they are tasty with jam. Something about the jam brings out their lemony flavor.

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: The link to Everyday Happy Herbivore is connected to my Amazon Associates account. If you buy something after clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

Lemon Basil Pasta + Quick Pesto + Andrea’s Puttanesca

May was a nutty month when I definitely didn’t cook enough, or eat very health-fully, so I’m super excited to be kicking June of with Lindsay S. Nixon’s Everyday Happy Herbivore. All of the recipes I’ve tried so far have been super quick to make, and the ingredients are easy to find. Also, none of the recipes use oil, so I’m feeling *very* healthy! I made three pasta dishes this weekend:

The Lemon Basil Pasta (p. 203) was my favorite of the three. I used 1/2 c. of basil (rather than 1/4 cup), 3 T of capers (instead of 2), and also took her suggestion of adding lemon zest for extra lemony flavor.  Yum!

Andrea’s Puttanesca (p. 201) was also tasty.  Anything with garbanzos in it usually makes me happy.  I used 8 oz (rather than 4 oz of pasta), and 1/2 cup of sauce (rather than 1/4 c.).  I also added the garbanzos and olives to the sauteed spinach and tomatoes, and warmed them up, rather than adding them cold to the pasta.

The Quick Pesto (p. 205) recipe was good too, but was a little mild and tart for my taste.  The tartness could have been because I added too much lemon juice, and I couldn’t find vegan plain yogurt, so I used the suggested alternative: silken tofu.  I liked the added protein-factor of the tofu, but I have a feeling I’d like it with yogurt better.

What did you VegCook this week?

Full disclosure: The link to Everyday Happy Herbivore is attached to my Amazon Associates account.  If you make a purchase after the clicking on the link, I get a small percentage of the sale, which I’ll probably use to buy more books!

Our June VegCookbook is Everyday Happy Herbivore!

Your votes have chosen our June VegCookbook: Everyday Happy Herbivore: Over 175 Quick-and-Easy Fat-Free and Low-Fat Vegan Recipes by Lindsay S. Nixon. Don’t forget that in addition to buying the book through Amazon, you can also order it through Powells, pick it up at your local bookstore, or check it out from the library.

You can learn more about Lindsay on her website happyherbivore.com, her  blog, her Twitter feed (@happyherbivore), and her Facebook Page. You can also check out some of her recipes at happyherbivore.com/recipes.

Full disclosure: The link to Everyday Happy Herbivore is attached to my Amazon Associates account. If you make a purchase after you click on a link, I receive a small percentage of the sale.