Happy Herbivore Blog

Vegan Sweet Potato Dal Recipe

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Recipe

In a little more than 3 wks my second cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, will be hitting shelves and mailboxes everywhere! 

To get you excited for EHH's arrival, I'm going to share a few recipes with you! First up? Sweet Potato Dal. 

I reallylovethis recipe -- and it's absolutely perfect this time of year when it's chilly outside and we're all craving the bold taste of sweet potatoes and pumpkins.


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
salt, to taste

Directions: 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 (Serves 2): 232 Calories, 0.9g Fat, 42.2g Carbohydrates, 17.7g Fiber, 4.7g Sugar, 15.4g Protein

p.s. help support Happy Herbivore! Donate and download this week's meal plan (with shopping list and new recipes!)

Necklace Update & Status

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Necklaces from the first project (through Kickstarter in August) have been mailed and you should receive them soon if you haven't already. 

Necklaces from our second project (through happyherbivore.com in October) are still being made. I just stopped taking orders on October 31st. The designer assured me the necklaces will be ready for shipment in the next few weeks. I'll let you know when they arrive and are being shipped.

I've gotten a lot of questions if I'll do another run and honestly, I don't know. While I'd love to and I love the charity it's going to, the project is a lot of work and I need to write another cookbook :-) So I'm not sure I have the time or if there is a sufficient demand for more necklaces (the designer requires a minimum order of 100 necklaces).

If you wanted a necklace and didn't order one during both projects, please send me an email (lindsay-at-happyherbivore-dot-com) and I'll put you on a waiting list (people always cancel or never turn in their shipping address and I have to resell them) and if I do decide to do a third project, I'll let you know.

Thanks to everyone who participated -- we sold over 400 necklaces!! Yay for the elephants!

Plant-Based (Vegan) Thanksgiving Recipes (What to Feed Herbivores (Vegans) at Thanksgiving)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

Since August (yes! August!) I've been getting a few emails each day asking for ideas about what to make for Thanksgiving (Thanksliving? Thanksvegan?)

For some, it is their first plant-based (vegan) thanksgiving and they don't know what to do without the bird on the table and others are having vegan or vegetarian guests and wanted to make something they could eat, too.

Whatever your question is about this upcoming food day -- I hope this post will give you some ideas!

From the Blog:

Acorn Squash & Apple Soup

African Kale & Yam Soup (also p. 64)

Butternut Squash Soup

Cranberry Sauce (smother baked tofu with it!)

Curried Sweet Potato Soup (also p. 70)

Maple Glazed Vegetables (also p. 174)

Maple Cornbread Biscuits (also p. 39)

Pumpkin Pie (fat-free! crustless!)

Sweet Potato Biscuits

From the The Happy Herbivore Cookbook:

Cornbread (p. 49)

Sweet & Spicy Butternut Soup (p. 59)

Garden Chowder (p. 71)

5-Spice Harmony Bowl (p. 122) (*perfect for those dining solo!)

Seitan Pot Roast (p. 133)

Torkey (Tofu Turkey) (p. 152)

Baked Shells & Cheese (p. 156)

Corn Pudding (p. 173)

Mashed Potatoes (p. 190)

Traditional Stuffing (p. 195)

Cornbread Stuffing with Chorizo (p. 196)

Dijon-Herb Green Beans (p. 199)

Thanksgiving Gravy (p. 255)

Cranberry Sauce (p. 267)

Pumpkin Pie (p. 218)

Pumpkin Cheesecake (p. 221)

and of course, don't forget my write-up in New York Times !!

4 recipes from my new cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, that are Thanksgiving ready (and whip up in less than 30 minutes!)

p.s. I love and look forward to Thanksgiving far more now on a plant-based diet than I ever did as an omnivore!