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Tamale Burgers, Kung Pao Chickpeas, American Chop Suey & More!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

With new and exciting flavors, this week's meal plan will have you saying "oh my veggies!".

Tamale Burgers (NEW!), American Chop Suey (NEW!), Quinoa Unfried Rice (NEW!), Kung Pao Chickpeas (NEW!, indi) and Kung Pao Chickpea Tacos (NEW!, fam) are just waiting to leave you feeling full and satisfied!

Tamale Burger

Individual Highlights

  • Italian Pasta Salad
  • Tamale Burgers (NEW!)
  • Easy Enchilada Bake
  • American Chop Suey (NEW!)
  • Quinoa Unfried Rice (NEW!)
  • Classic Veggie Wrap
  • Kung Pao Chickpeas (NEW!)

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American Chop Suey

Family Highlights

  • Kung Pao Chickpea Tacos (NEW!)
  • Black Beans & Plantains
  • Quinoa Unfried Rice (NEW!)
  • American Chop Suey (NEW!)
  • Classic Veggie Wrap
  • Tamale Burgers (NEW!)
  • Roasted Chickpea Salad

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Kung Pao Chickpeas


"Following the meal plans has been the cheapest shopping I have ever done for groceries. I can almost do it without a list now. And I know where everything is in the store. No impulse buys for me!" - Jeanie R

"I lost 6 pounds in 3 weeks by following the meal plans!" - Izabela W

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I'm Moving to France (and Other Changes)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

As you know, I've been on a bit of a soul safari these last few months and it's been sooo fun to choose my own adventure again.

Part of that adventure has been working on and writing a new book about my depression (and overcoming it) plus how YOU can live better.

Although I was never a cheerleader in High School, I find I flock to that cheerleader role now. I have that deep desire to help others succeed... which why I started Happy Herbivore, the meal plans... and now this new chapter :)

I'm almost finished with my upcoming book... you can pre-order and read some details here.

One of the lessons in my new book is about saying no and eliminating... It's about recognizing that sometimes you have to say no to make room for future yeses.

It's not a matter of finding more time, or even delegating, but eliminating.

As I was writing that chapter, and looking at my absurdly long to do list, I faced my own truth. I said to myself, "Lindsay you can't do it all" but more importantly, "You don't want to."

I thought about what mattered to me the most. What it was that I enjoyed the most... I thought about my ideal day (another chapter in the book) and it became so clear to me what had to be my "give" in "something's gotta give."

Otherwise, if I continued trying to do it all, the wrong thing would be my give. Something else would suffer... be it my health, my happiness, my relationships with others... or my work. (s a perfectionist I'd rather do one thing really well, than do five crappy jobs.)

It was so hard to make this decision but, after 7+ years of blogging, I'm going to retire. Well, not completely. I just won't be blogging every day.

I'll still blog, but less frequently.

The last few months it's been a struggle to find things to write about... and I think that's part of why this decision, while difficult, feels so right. Maybe I HAVE covered it all...

I don't want to turn out crappy content (I'm always preaching to my business students... quality trumps quantity!) and I don't want to recycle things over and over, either.

If you're looking for more minimalist ideas and projects, check out my minimalist books.

If you have a question about cooking or the plant-based lifestyle, I guarantee it's covered in my new Guide.

The search bar is also probably the most underutilized feature on this blog, too -- enjoy seven years of archives :)

OH! and I am completely redesigning this website and the meal plans website -- and those radically awesome changes will be here soon. (P.S. we also just upgraded and changed the meal plans!)


So what will the new blog look like? We'll still have a Herbie of the Week story each week, but they will appear on Monday, instead of Thursday.

The meal plans will still debut here on Wednesday, and we'll also have posts scattered throughout the week as the spirit moves me or guest posts come in from the community. I want solid, useful, helpful posts like the post about #MakingItWork.

As for France (!)

Most of you know that Scott and I live pretty nomadically. A few years ago we had a moment of honesty and realized that we would never be happy in one place long-term and made the world our home. We've lived in many wonderful places, met many wonderful people, and have had many wonderful experiences.

Our lifestyle isn't for everyone, but it's absolutely for us. A reminder that you can't shove a square peg in a round hole, and that no matter how bad you or someone else wants you to be round when you're square, you're still square... fly that freak flag! (Otherwise you'll just be miserable). You can never be happy when you're living your life for someone else.

Overall, I find the European lifestyle is very healthy for me. I slow the heck down when I'm there, which is helpful in my constant battle against OCD and depression.

But while I fancy the ex-pat lifestyle, my very American husband tires of it after a few weeks. He starts missing baseball, air conditioning, and speaking in English, so our middle ground involves living part of the year in America and part of the year in Europe. (You might recall we spent a good portion of our winter in Switzerland and Belgium).

So with a little luck that my husband's family is stationed in Germany, and two couples we are friends with are getting married *in* France, AND one of my cookbooks is also being translated into French, it was all too easy for me to convince my family to move to Europe for the summer.

While I'll be primarily living in France, I'm sure I'll hop on the train to visit some of my other favorite places, too... and I'll share my pictures and updates with all of my Herbies <3

AND to sort of come back from all my rambling... if I'm running off to go live the sweet life... no time like the present to E. eliminate.

Au revoir!

The China Study All-Star Collection Giveaway + 3 Free Recipes!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

It's a cookbook palooooza!

As you may have heard, my good friends, Jane and Ann Esselstyn, are releasing their first cookbook, The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook. (Yep! That'd be Dr. Essy's lovely wife and daughter!).

Dr. T. Colin Campbell's daughter, LeAnne, also released her first cookbook last year, The China Study Cookbook and now she's debuting her second cookbook which includes recipes by yours truly and a number of other great plant-based chefs like Mary McDougall (Dr. McDougall's sweet wife), Chef AJ, Del Sroufe (he wrote the FOK cookbook) and others.

aaaand I'm giving away THREE (3!) Copies of this new cookbook today (plus three recipes FROM the book!)

Scroll down for the Creamy Breakfast Rice Pudding recipe :)

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Creamy Breakfast Rice Pudding


2 cups cooked brown rice, loosely packed, divided

3/4–1 cup nondairy milk, divided (see Tips)

1 ripe banana, sliced (about 1/2–3/4 cup) or

1–2 tablespoons maple syrup, coconut sugar, or chopped dried fruits (see Tips)

1/4–1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Few pinches of ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

Grated orange or lemon zest (optional)

1. In a small saucepan, add 11/2 cups cooked rice and the remaining ingredients starting with 3/4 cup milk (omit banana if you prefer; see Tips), except for the optional zest.

2. Puree the mixture using a hand blender. Alternatively, you can puree in a blender before adding to the saucepan, but I find the hand blender is quicker and easier for cleanup!

3. Add the remaining 1/2 cup rice and turn heat to medium-low. Let the mixture thicken and warm for several minutes.

4. Add the remaining milk, if desired, to thin. Taste and adjust with sweetener and orange or lemon zest, if desired, and stir through add-ins if you like!

Chef's Note: Make this pudding chocolatey with the addition of 1–2 tablespoons cocoa powder. You will need extra sweetener to balance the bitterness of the cocoa, so adjust to taste.


For a chance to win a copy of The China Study All-Star Collection leave a comment below saying which of these three recipes you're most excited to try!

Note: For peeps who get these blog posts via email, you have to leave a comment on the blog on happyherbivore.com. I cannot accept entries via email, so hop on over to the blog.

Thanks + good luck!

**This giveaway is open to residents of the US and Canada only.**