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New Happy Herbivore Cookbook

Well, Lindsay Nixon, author and creator of the Happy Herbivore is getting ready to release her fourth book:  Happy Herbivore Light & Lean: Over 150 Low-Calorie Recipes with Workout Plans for Looking and Feeling Great.

According to Amazon:

With easy, no-fuss recipes, the bestselling Happy Herbivore cookbooks show how easy, affordable, and delicious eating healthy can be. Now, in her latest cookbook, Happy Herbivore chef Lindsay S. Nixon provides recipes that put a special emphasis on weight-loss and a set of exercises that, like her recipes, are quick, easy, and produce great results.

Like all Happy Herbivore cookbooks, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean contains filling, flavorful, plant-based recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare. But this time, Nixon takes healthy to an all-new level, with low-calorie, satisfying meals that will help you achieve your weight-loss goals—and without deprivation.

True to its title, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean also includes “recipes” for your body with basic workouts, plus tips and tricks that will inspire you to move more for a trimmer, more-toned you. As always, Happy Herbivore Light & Lean recipes are free from oils, processed foods, and diet chemicals such as artificial sweeteners.

Happy Herbivore Light & Lean keeps it healthy, keeps it simple, and keeps it delicious.

Light and Lean_Pre-tour blogger badgeI am happy to be chosen as one of her blog tour participant — which means I will be posting one of the her recipes from this new book next week!

In the meantime, I had the chance to ask Lindsay Nixon a few questions about her upcoming cookbook:

Okay, this is your 4th cookbook, right?  What made you decide to write this one?

I was contractually obligated 😉

Though in all fairness I signed up for a total of 6 books freely. I had (still have) a lot of ideas. I’m one of those people who likes a challenge… a goal to work toward. My fans and supporters are also incredibly motivating. Everything I do, I do for them.

How is it different from your last four cookbooks?

Every book is different—they each have their own theme (and their own personality). This book focuses on lower calorie recipes and incorporates exercise. It’s a whole body cookbook. I love it!

How do you manage to come up with some many unique and yummy recipes?

I treat it like a job. When I’m writing a book I spend 8-10 hours in the kitchen every day trying new things. I’ll often grab an ingredient, say a red pepper, and think, “okay… what can I do with this?”

Is there a 5th cookbook in the works?

Yep. I’m writing it now 🙂

Lindsay’s New Happy Herbivore:  Light & Lean can be pre-ordered through Amazon here!


Holiday Anise Cookies from Happy Herbivore Abroad

I am so excited to share this recipe with you and tell you about a very exciting opportunity.

You may have read my interview with Lindsay Nixon about her new cookbook:  Happy Herbivore Abroad.  I was very excited to interview Lindsay and was equally excited to receive an early copy of her new cookbook!

HappyHerbivoreAbroad_FrontCover, rWhat a great cookbook!!  Lindsay includes some wonderful recipes and dishes in her book, but also includes a ‘travel log’ of pictures and comments about some of her trips to the different countries she has visited.  You get a great travel book in addition to a great recipe book!

Today, I want to feature her Holiday Anise Cookie recipe.  Anise cookies, according to Lindsay are originally from Italy.

Make sure to read all they way to the bottom as I have some exciting news for my reader on how you can get your own FREE copy of Lindsay’s new cookbook!

Holiday Anise Cookies from Happy Herbivore Abroad

Recipe Type: Holiday Cookies
Author: Lindsay Nixon, Happy Herbivore
Serves: 8 cokkies
  • 1 cup oat flour
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white beans (any kind), mashed
  • 1/2 tsp anise extract
  • 1/4 maple syrup
  • 1-2 tbsp raw sugar or sugar of your choice (optional)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • nondairy milk
  • Icing: 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 5 tsp nondairy milk
  • anise extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper and set aside
  3. Whisk flour with cornstarch, baking soda, and a pinch of salt until combined
  4. Add beans, anise extract, maple syrup, applesauce, sugar (if using). Stir to combine — It might look dry at first, but keep combining. If dryness persists, add a splash of nondairy milk (wetter is better).
  5. Flour your hands and pick off 8 walnut-sized pieces of dough. Roll each into a ball, then flatten into mini ‘hockey puck’ shapes.
  6. Bake 10-14 minutes, or until golden and firm to the touch (cookies will puff up)
  7. Meanwhile, prepare icing by combining powdered sugar and nondairy milk to form a thick paste, adding anise extract one drop at a time (a little goes a long way).
  8. Once cookies are done baking, allow to cool and then ice.


Lindsay and her staff have teamed up with the Gluten Free Vegan Living blog to offer you a chance at winning a free copy of her new cookbook:  Happy Herbivore Aboard.

Anyone who submits their favorite Gluten Free Vegan holiday recipe will get your name added to a drawing for the FREE cookbook.

Submit your recipe to me direct at GFDFSandy (at) gmail.com

Your recipe(s) will be featured on this website during the holiday season, but the drawing will take place AFTER the holidays!!



Interview with Lindsay Nixon — Happy Herbivore

If you did not know, Lindsay Nixon, the Happy Herbivore, has recently published her THIRD cookbook:  Happy Herbivore Abroad.

Along with receiving an early edition of the cookbook, I was able to do a short interview with Lindsay:

1.    I have read several article and blog posts where you interview new ‘Herbies’ and how they became Herbivores, but I would like to hear your story!  How long have you eaten a plant based diet?  Why did you decide to change your diet from the typical meat based American diet to plant based?  And what do you feel the diet has done for you personally (health wise!)

I was a vegetarian most of my life but lapsed back into meat eating in my late teens from peer pressure and family pressure. A serious health scare in my early 20s brought me back to a vegetarian diet and a year later I adopted a totally vegan, plant-based diet. That was about 6 years ago. I was motivated mainly for health reasons, but was also moved by the environmental impact and the plight of farm animals.

Adopting a plant-based diet has profoundly changed my life. In 10 months after adopting a plant-based diet I ran a marathon, having been too out of shape to WALK a 5k the year before. I took up snowboarding, lost 40lbs, eliminated and reversed all of my medical illnesses and found energy and happiness. I like to tell people you never realize how bad you feel until you see what it feels like to be well and thrive.

 2.    Tell us about your new cookbook: Happy Herbivore Abroad.  Does it include recipes from around the world or does it include tips for eating Abroad?  What gave you the inspiration for writing this new cookbook?

It’s an internationally theme book — so recipes from around the world, plus stories of my adventures. I travel constantly and this book celebrates my lifestyle 🙂

3.    How long have you been writing your blog?  Is the success of your blog what inspired you to publish your cookbooks?

I started blogging 5 years ago, in 2007. When I started happyherbivore.com, I didn’t think anyone would read it — my mom didn’t even read it! I have been blown away by it’s success and popularity, which is what led to the cookbooks. They’re an extension of my blog.

4.    Where have you come up with the recipes in your cookbooks and especially your new book?

With my first book, The Happy Herbivore Cookbook, I set out to recreate dishes (“comfort foods”) that I used to eat — but in a new healthy and plant-based way. With my second book, Everyday Happy Herbivore, I went back to basics. I looked at whatever ingredients I had on hand, then created a meal (or meals) out of it. With my new book, Happy Herbivore Abroad, I recreated meals I ate or saw on my travels… I made international cuisine healthy and plant-based — and with everyday ingredients.

 5.    Do you have any professional people in the health or medical field that are currently endorsing your diet?  Can you give us their names and why they switched to the plant-based diet?

Dr. John McDougall, Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Jr., Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Michael Gregor, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Dr. Pam Popper… just to name a few. They’ve all written incredible books and have websites with a wealth of information. If you’re not into reading, a great documentary is Forks Over Knives, which features many of the doctors I’ve listed.

6.    What is the main difference between being a ‘Herbie’ and being a vegan?

A “herbie” is just a term my fans call themselves. There is no definition or requirement behind the term — except that I guess you’d have to be a fan of Happy Herbivore.

The term “vegan” has multiple meanings. A vegan (noun) is a person who does not eat or use animal products from an ethical standpoint. “vegan” can also be a designation — a descriptive term. For example a product is “Vegan” if it does not contain animal products and is also not tested on animals.

Here is a helpful post with more information: http://happyherbivore.com/2012/02/what-plant-based-diet-vs-vegan/

7.    What is the best advice you can give new folks to the plant based Herbivore diet or who wish to switch to the diet?

Take it a meal at a time. Don’t get caught up with over thinking. Worry about this meal, right now — not what you’re doing tomorrow, or next week or next Christmas. Never think in “Can’s haves” — it’s not that you can’t have it, it’s that you’re choosing not to. Also, focus on all the food you can have, not what you’re choosing to give up. I eat a wider variety of food now on a plant-based diet than I ever did on an omnivorous one!

Thanks Lindsay for your time to talk with me today!

Personally, I LOVE her new book. Her recipes are simply and easy to make — nothing fancy or hard to find — and they sound soooooo good!  I will be making several of them over the next weeks (probably months!)

Check out ALL of Lindsay’s Cookbooks: