Happy Herbivore Blog

Spring has officially sprung!

And if you need healthy and delicious recipes for your springtime events, I've got you covered with these 45+ plant-based options!

Don't forget!! I have an ENTIRE EASTER & PASSOVER section in Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings!

  • Beet Salad (p. 120)
  • Carrot Cake Cupcakes (p. 129)
  • Cream of Broccoli Soup (p. 124)
  • Creamed Kale (p. 65)
  • Creamy Grape Salad (p. 123)
  • Deviled "Eggs" (p. 120)
  • Lemon Rosemary Meatballs (p. 127)
  • Mini Soy-Free Quiche (p. 128)
  • Potato ...
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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Carol C!

Tired of suffering from allergies and taking medication for high blood pressure and cholesterol, Carol decided to try a plant-based diet after watching "Forks Over Knives" and reading "Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease".

Within a week she lost 7lbs, which eventually turned into a grand total of 50lbs! She's also off her medications and is no longer in pain, plus she feels lighter and full of energy.

Carol also inspired her husband to switch to a plant-based diet after his doctors had concerns about his acid reflux. Almost a week after removing dairy from his diet, his life-long acid reflux was gone -- and he went on to lost 60lbs!

There's so much more to Carol's story, so I'll let her take it away!

I was very thin as a young woman but gained weight after my third child. I tried Weight Watchers twice and loved the community but hated counting points and always felt deprived. By the time I was 58 I was taking medicine for high blood pressure and cholesterol. I suffered from ragweed allergies, colds, aches, and pains. I had some eye problems and several ophthalmologists asked me if I had diabetes. I was caring for my grandchildren, 3 and 1, full time, six hours away from my home and friends. It was very inconvenient to have to return home for the frequent doctor visits to renew my prescriptions. It was disturbing to think I would feel this way (or worse!) for the rest of my life.

Late August 2011, I watched The Last Heart Attack on CNN with Sanjay Gupta. I was curious about the claim that heart disease could be reversed, because I had never heard that before. I was very impressed with the program and then watched "Forks Over Knives" and picked up "Prevent & Reverse Heart Disease" by Caldwell Esselstyn, MD. I decided to give a no oil, no meat, no fish, no dairy diet a try. If Bill Clinton could do it, then so could I, or so I hoped! It was so different from how I had cooked for 38 years, so I decided I would do it one meal at a time.

The first week I lost 7 pounds and that got my attention. The weight continued to come off and the clothing sizes dropped so fast that I would buy a size smaller and find it too big when I tried to wear it. I was amazed! My cravings stopped and my taste buds changed. I have lost 50 pounds, most of it within the first three months and am off my medications. My aches and pains are gone. My allergies are gone, and I don't get cold or sick despite taking care of small children. My brain fog is gone, and I feel lighter and full of energy. I feel better than I did in my twenties! My only exercise was keeping up with two small, very active children; I have since added some strength training and walking three miles on a treadmill when I can make the time.

Shortly after I made the change my husband called and said he was in the hospital and thought he was having a heart ...

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OIL-FREE.

HASH.

BROWNS.

Let me say that again: OIL-FREE. HASH BROWNS.

Carly (she’s on Team HH) came running into the office screaming “I MADE HASH BROWNS!”

Okay, so maybe it didn’t go exactly like that, but my heart started pumping…

and it’s so RIDICULOUSLY EASY.

Here’s how you make them:

STEP 1

Take a potato (raw) and shred it.

I used the shredder blade on my food processor.

Carly got a workout using a four-sided cheese ...

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It's another week of new and exciting meals on this week's meal plan!

Enjoy healthy and guilt-free eats like the Spaghetti & "Meatballs" (NEW!), Pot Pie Soup (NEW!), Smoky Zucchini Cakes (NEW!), and Vegetable Lasagna Wheels (NEW!).

There's also a super awesome Cherry Almond Baked Oatmeal (NEW!) for breakfast and meal plan classics including the Smashed White Bean & Roasted Red Pepper Wrap and Philly Cheeze "Steak" Bowl.

Spaghetti & "Meatballs"

Individual Highlights

  • Spaghetti & "Meatballs" (NEW!)
  • Cool Noodle Bowl
  • Vegetable ...
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Meet our Herbie of the Week: Rachel S!

Rachel found herself researching a plant-based diet while recovering from a hysterectomy and lumpectomy.

After her first treatment of chemo, she watched "Forks Over Knives" and decided to stop treatment all together (and with the support of only one of her doctors), and adopted a plant-based diet.

Three years later, Rachel is continuing a healthy way of living and is cancer free!

Read on for her inspirational story!

My name is Rachel ...

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