I have an extra special treat for you today. Have you heard of The Happy Herbivore, otherwise known as Lindsay? She is an amazing author who recently (as in earlier this week) published her second cookbook!
Here’s a little bit more about her:
“Lindsay S. Nixon is a rising star in the culinary world, praised for her ability to use everyday ingredients to create healthy, low fat recipes that taste just as delicious as they are nutritious. Lindsay’s recipes have been featured in Vegetarian Times, Women’s Health Magazine and on The Huffington Post. Lindsay is also a consulting chef at La Samanna, a luxury resort and four-star restaurant in the French West Indies. You can learn more about Lindsay and sample some of her recipes at happyherbivore.com”
And a little more about her newest cookbook:
“After vegan chef Lindsay S. Nixon wrapped up her popular cookbook The Happy Herbivore Cookbook last year, she went back to her kitchen in her new home of St. Maarten. Island living encouraged Nixon to come up with simpler fare, which led to a follow-up cookbook focusing on recipes that bring tasty back to quick-and-easy.
Now, in Nixon’s much-anticipated follow-up cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, readers will see, once again, that just because plant-based eating is optimal for health, it doesn’t have to also be expensive or time-consuming.
Everyday Happy Herbivore includes more than 175 doable recipes–recipes that are so quick and easy, you could cook three healthy meals from scratch every day like Nixon does.
Each of Nixon’s recipes are made with wholesome, easy-to-find, fresh ingredients and include no added fats. With additional notes indicating recipes that are ideal for preparing ahead of time and those you can whip up with just a few dollars, Everyday Happy Herbivore will be the must-have cookbook for anyone desiring a healthier, happier menu!”
You can find Everyday Happy Herbivore on Amazon.com by clicking here.
To help promote her new cookbook, she’s doing a virtual blog tour. I jumped at the chance to participate and was able to ask Lindsay some questions of my own.
Here’s what she had to say:
How long have you been a happy herbivore?
“I’ve been following a plant-based (vegan) diet for 5 years.”
*You can read more about why Lindsay doesn’t identify as a vegan anymore in this post.
What do you say when people ask you why you follow a plant-based diet?
“I follow a plant-based diet for my health, for the environment, for the animals and humanity. It’s the most compassionate and responsible way I can live, and live well.”
How do you come up with all of the recipe ideas for your cookbook?
“It’s a good mix of trying to replicate recipes that I used to eat that were either not vegan or not healthy, I’ll create something on the fly or I’ll be inspired by an ingredient. For example I saw a beautiful bunch of chard I couldn’t pass up so I took it home and created a recipe for it.”
How long did it take you to write the cookbook?
“I wrote Everyday Happy Herbivore in a little less than three months. I had a really tight deadline with my publisher, but it was worth the hustle.”
Do you have any tips for people who want to adopt a more plant-based diet but are afraid it will be too challenging?
“Focus on the positive and what’s possible rather than the potential changes. Take it a meal at a time. I’ve managed to keep a vegan diet while living on a small Caribbean island, backpacking across Europe — and even in Africa. It’s possibly everywhere and easy. It may not always be ridiculously convenient, but it’s always worth it.”
How many times do you typically test a recipe before you “get it right”?
“I usually nail it the first try, but there have been a few recipes that took multiple attempts. I create as I go mostly, so it’s a matter of tinkering and tweeting throughout the entire process.”
What are some of your favorite ingredients to cook with?
“This is always changing for me. Right now I’m kind of obsessed with chipotle, but before that it was garam masala and before that it was hot sauce and before that Dijon mustard…. you get the picture.”
What kitchen tools can’t you live without?
“A really good knife. I won’t cook without one.”
What are your pantry staples?
“I have a list at the front of both books!”
Do you “veganize” existing recipes or would you rather come up with your own?
“I come up with my own — I find recipes that are made vegan from inception come out better than recipes that have been adapted. Plus I prefer to do my own thing, feel out the recipe.”
What are some of your favorite plant-based “comfort foods”?
“I love mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread, nachos, bean burgers, tofu scramble — salads. I really love a good salad.”
In addition, because Lindsay is super awesome…she’s allowing me to share a sneak peek of her cookbook with you guys. Here’s one of the recipes that’s included in the cookbook that I absolutely cannot wait to try myself:
Sweet Potato Dal | serves 2
*From Everyday Happy Herbivore
This soup is Dal-icious! It’s so flavorful you’ll want seconds. and thirds!
1 small sweet potato, skinned
1 small onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp garam masala, plus extra
1 cup vegetable broth, plus extra
1/2 cup red lentils
4 cups spinach, or more
Dice sweet potato into small ½-inch cubes, and set aside. Line a medium pot with a thin layer of water and saute onions and garlic for a minute. Add a pinch or two red pepper flakes and continue to cook until all the water has cooked off. Add turmeric, ¼ tsp garam masala and stir to coat. Add 1 cup broth, uncooked lentils, and bring to a boil. Once boiling reduce to low, cover, and simmer for a few minutes, about 5. Add sweet potatoes, bring to a boil again and reduce to low and simmer, until lentils are fully cooked (they expand and the sauce thickens), about 5 minutes more. Check periodically to see if you need additional broth (I tend to add an extra ½ cup but it can vary). Once lentils are cooked and sweet potatoes are fork tender, taste, adding more garam masala as desired (I like to add another ¼ tsp but some blends are stronger than others). Add spinach, continuing to stir until spinach cooks down and softens. Add salt to taste and serve.
Per Serving: 232 Calories, 0.9g Fat, 42.2g Carbohydrates, 17.7g Fiber, 4.7g Sugar, 15.4g Protein
So there you go! I hope this has inspired you to go check out The Happy Herbivore for some amazing recipe ideas. And for less than $13, this cookbook would make a great Christmas present!
So tell me, are you an HH fan? Have you made any of her recipes before?!
PS. I was not compensated in any way for writing this post. I just really enjoy supporting other members of the blogging community
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