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This Week's Ask Happy Herbivore

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: FAQ

1. How do you deal with situations like being invited to holiday parties where there's absolutely no food for you?

Anytime I'm invited to dinner or a party, I always tell the host well in advance about my dietary restrictions, and then I immediately offer to help, such as bringing something.

If I go and there is still nothing to eat, I don't eat. It's that simple. I have to help myself, not someone else. I'm not going to feel good about myself or my choices if I do something I don't want to do out of peer or societal pressure.

It's also possible to decline and be polite about it... I've said things like "Thank you so much for preparing this, I really appreciate it, but I don't eat [food item]" but telling them BEFORE hand helps prevent the situation altogether.

2. Should I bend my dietary rules when meeting my significant other's family? I want to make a good impression, not that I'm picky.

I wouldn't - I can understand wanting to make a good impression, but you have to be yourself, and how you eat and why you eat that way, are a part of who you are. Let them get to know the REAL you.

Plus, it may cause issues down the line. If you bend now, they might expect you to bend later. "Why won't your partner eat this? they ate something like it last visit?!" I've also noticed that some people don't respect your choices as much if you cave.

3. I'm allergic to mushrooms is there a substitute?

Unfortunately, no. Mushrooms are one of the few ingredients that have no alternative. If you're allergic, you'll just have to skip recipes with mushrooms or omit them where possible.

4. Are your meal plans consecutive weeks? Am I too late to join?

Nope! Each week stands alone so you can join at any time. (Get this week's plan here.)

5. I don't like cinnamon or garam masala -- is there a way to season without using these ingredients?

Garam masala, not really -- it's essential to Indian cuisine and flavors. Trying to remove garam masala from an Indian dish would be like trying to remove oregano from Italian cuisine.

As for cinnamon, it would really depend on the recipe, but generally, I find it's necessary for the right flavor.

Everyday Happy Herbivore is Out! Help Make it a Best Seller!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

It's finally here! Everyday Happy Herbivore will be available in stores tomorrow. 

You can still order copies online too- which is the most affordable option :) (Just $13!)

Let's get this cookbook to #1! Your support for The Happy Herbivore Cookbook was amazing, I can't thank you enough. It just goes to prove that word of mouth is so important. Happy Herbivore has grown because of you

Take a moment to tell your friends about the book on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, email, Google Plus, Myspace (what? ;)), your blog, email..etc!

You can also like and share the cookbook right on Amazon and B&N.com

It just takes two clicks to help out! 

Low Fat Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

Tomorrow is the official release date for my new book, Everyday Happy Herbivore- I can't believe it's here! Thank you all for your support, I'm so happy to be able to write these recipes for you.

Today, I'm sharing one last cookbook teaser with you..and boy is it a great one. This chocolate mug cake will go from flour to in your mouth in just five minutes. It's a great single serving recipe and it's super easy to make.

Chocolate Mug Cake - serves 1

Ingredients:
4 tbsp white whole wheat flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp nondairy milk
¼+ cup unsweetened applesauce
vanilla extract
dash cinnamon
2-3 tbsp vegan chocolate chips

In a small bowl, whisk flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and cinnamon together, set aside. For a really sweet cake, add more sugar. In another small bowl, whisk ¼ cup applesauce, nondairy milk, and a drop or two of vanilla extract together. Pour wet into dry, then add chips, stirring to combine. 

Add another 1-2 tbsp of applesauce, until the batter is wet and resembles regular cake batter. Pour batter into a coffee cup, and microwave for three minutes (at 1000 watts - if your microwave is weaker or stronger, please adjust accordingly).

Per Serving: 276 Calories, 4.1g Fat, 59.3g Carbohydrates, 7.8g Fiber, 31.6g Sugar, 8.3g Protein