Happy Herbivore Blog

Everyday Happy Herbivore is HERE!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Together at last! My copy of my new cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, arrived today!

We caught the whole thing on video -- and I show off the inside!

My Parents First Vegan Thanksgiving

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Parents

My parents and I have differing religious views, so we have very few overlapping holidays. This hasn't really been a big deal for us since I moved away from home 12 years ago. Ever since I left for college, I've lived at least 8 hours away from my parents so "going home for the holidays" has always been difficult, or expensive, so we usually just celebrated in spirit. (My mother jokes that I keep moving farther and farther away from her and I assure her it's not personal. Mama Shay is a hoot, I'll try to get her to guest post while she's visiting!)

Anyway, point is, Thanksgiving is one of the few Holidays we have in common, though it's one that my parents usually spend with my Father's side of the family, so you can imagine my surprise when my mom called asking if her and my father could travel to Colorado for Thanksgiving.'

I stood for a minute without words (a rare event for me) and said "well, okay, but you know that it's going to be vegan." 

"Yes, yes we know. Your father and I are looking forward to our first vegan thanksgiving." she explained.

I nearly peed in my pants with excitement.

But after the excitement wore off, the pressure started to build. 

I have to feed my parents a Thanksgiving dinner -- and I'm up against 65 years of tradition. This is no small feat.

I called my parents back and asked if they had any "requests" my Dad was quick to yell out "something withcornbread" which surprised me, because he was always a stuffing kind of guy when I was growing up, and then my mom, bless her, listed I think every vegetable known to man. 

(I think she assumed all we would be eating is vegetables). 

At one point my menu included some 10 recipes when Scott came in and said "We are only 4 people. This is a bit much" and started crossing things off the list, only to grumble that pecan pie was not included. (I'm now making pecan pie -- don't tell him!)

Speaking of pie. I had my heart set on my pumpkin pie -- but Mama Shay called back and said "Daddy and I really love your carrot cake cupcakes. Can we have those  for dessert?"

Well sure. I guess we'll have carrot cake cupcakes on Thanksgiving... first for everything! 

Here is our menu (all from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook)

Tofu Turkey (Torkey) (p. 152)
Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo (p. 196)
Mashed Potatoes (p. 190)
Thanksgiving Gravy (p. 255)
Dijon-Herb Green Beans (p. 197)
Cranberry Sauce (p. 267)
Pumpkin Cheesecake (p. 221)
Carrot Cake Cupcakes (p. 231)

Also check out my Thanksgiving Menu Ideas post (with links to blog recipes).

Guest Blogger: Michelle

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Guests

Today we have a special guest post from Michelle, a high school student who is sure to inspire us! If she can make healthy eating happen on her schedule, there's hope for all of us!

Without further ado... Michelle!

I'm extremely excited to be a guest blogger on Happy Herbivore! Ever since the start of my freshman year in high school, I have been cooking all my own meals. (Even with my hectic extracurricular/homework schedule!)

I realized last summer that the food I was consuming (which was riddled with salt, refined sugar, artificial ingredients, unhealthy fats, butter and all vegetables came from a can) was going to affect me in the long term, so decided it was time I'd take control of my health.

Up until a few months ago, I was getting bored with the same old bland meatless meals I would eat at least once a day (if not more) and desperately needed some new ideas. I'm not vegan nor am I a vegetarian (but hoping to become one), and ever since I found this magical cookbook (The Happy Herbivore Cookbook!) in my local B&N, it's been love at first sight, and as a plus, I've found that I'm hardly missing meat at all. :)

Black Bean Brownies

Chocolate, bananas and black beans are three of my favorite foods and when I found there was a recipe that combined all three of them, I knew I just had to try it out. The result: absolute heaven. The batch pictured was my third time making the black bean brownies, but this time, I added coffee granules to create a chocolately-mocha-goodness! (Thanks for the suggestion in your cookbook, Lindsay!)

Mexican Stuffed Bell Peppers

As a born and raised native Texan, I've grown up with Tex-Mex and never really had a taste of true Mexican food. To fit what I currently had on hand, I modified the recipe by omitting the corn and serving over quinoa. (Please ignore the awkwardness of the picture; I had little space in which to take the picture.) The chilled quinoa helped to tone down the slight spiciness of the dish, which was refreshing on a scorching hot Texas summer day.

Hawaiian Chickpea Teriyaki 

I've got to admit; I'm obsessed with anything Pacific/Asian-inspired. Tofu and vegetable stir-fry is typically my go-to dish on busy nights when I'm not in the mood to cook much and/or I have so much homework, but wanted something different for a change. I love how quick and easy this recipe was to make! (not to mention how delicious it is!) I omitted the salsa and added sugar but it still turned out to be a great dish! I have made this numerous times, many of which I made for my anti-health food little brother and father and it has never failed to impress!