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Buffalo Chickpea Chili, Acorn Squash Tacos, Easy Cinnamon Rolls & More!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: MealPlan

We're kicking off November with a new meal plan that's sure to dazzle your tastebuds!

Stay warm during these cool fall nights with the Buffalo Chickpea Chili (NEW!) and Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup (NEW!). You'll also enjoy Acorn Squash Tacos (NEW!), Thai Vegetable Quinoa Salad (NEW!), and Easy Cinnamon Rolls (NEW!) for breakfast!

Buffalo Chickpea Chili

Individual Highlights

  • Easy Cinnamon Roll (NEW!)
  • Orange-Flavored Cauliflower
  • Acorn Squash Tacos (NEW!)
  • Thai Vegetable Quinoa Salad (NEW!)
  • Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup (NEW!)
  • Spinach Hummus & Vegetable Pinwheels
  • Buffalo Chickpea Chili (NEW!)

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Acorn Squash Tacos

Family Highlights

  • Orange-Flavored Cauliflower
  • Black Bean & Pumpkin Soup (NEW!)
  • Thai Vegetable Quinoa Salad (NEW!)
  • Slow Cooker Red Bean & Coconut Curry
  • Acorn Squash Tacos (NEW!)
  • Simple Broccoli Spaghetti
  • Buffalo Chickpea Chili (NEW!)

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Thai Vegetable Quinoa Salad

Testimonials

"I started with weekly meal plans, monthly, then right to the yearly plans as I knew this would be a permanent life-style change. The plans have been great in saving so much time and I don't have to think about what the next meal will be. Ihave lost 30 lbs in the past year and expect to continue the trend."- Penny R

"I love the meal plans because they are for individuals, the shopping list is done for me. I am so happy to have found these meal plans. They really work for me and they look and smell so good. I think my co-workers, family, and friends may soon all be converts!"- Sarah K

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Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings Releases!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Press

Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings is here!!

Well, the cookbook stork already visited a few of you early so you already have my newest cookbook baby, but for everyone else... TODAY IS THE DAY!

The Official release date for my newest cookbook, Happy Herbivore Holidays & Gatherings.

p.s. I've taken to calling Holidays & The Happy Herbivore Guide to Plant-Based Living my twinsies, since they were both released this year :)

ANYWAY! My new cookbook is an all-out celebration of food for all year long. It's not just Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, New Year's -- I mean yes, I covered all that! BUT it also has recipes for every occasion you can think of--from party appetizers, to game day foods, barbecues, potlucks with omnivores, big events, catered events, sexy date night, (over 20 "regular" dinner menus!), KIDS, and much, much more.

AND everything is super duper easy and fast (most recipes take 20 minutes or less)... because I, too, want to be the life of the party!

My team (and everyone at my publisher, too) feels this book is my best yet -- and we're not being biased because it's the newest one. There's something magical in finality.

Because I knew HHHG would probably be my very last cookbook I really tried to enjoy her -- the process of writing her, designing her. I gave it everything I had and then some. I think that shows in the recipes. This book is also about love and family, and so much of my own family is in the book. I'm getting a little teary over it...

GO BUY THE BOOK.

No really. Go do it this week. It's my last and I wanna go out with a bang, so let's make it a NYT bestseller. This is THE week -- my one shot! We can do it!

And there are so really amazingly awesome recipes in it for you.

I CAN'T WAIT TO SPEND THE HOLIDAYS WITH YOU!

Herbie of the Week: Stevi (She's Lowered Her Cholesterol & Blood Pressure!)

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Herbies

Meet our Herbie of the Week: Stevi!

Facing the need to be put on statins for high cholesterol, Stevi made the decision to transition to a plant-based diet.

Fast forward almost two years later, and the results are incredible! In addition to lowering her cholesterol (by nearly 100 pts! without the use of statins), Stevi's almost off her blood pressure meds and feels great!

Here's Stevi's story in her own words...

In 2012, I realized that I had been experiencing some changes to my health. I had been battling high blood pressure for a few years, and facing the need to start taking statin drugs due to my cholesterol being at 290 in May of 2012. After some thought, and watching documentaries on health, particularly "Forks Over Knives", and reading blogs like Happy Herbivore, I made the decision in December of 2012 to start changing to a plant-based diet.

In May of 2013 I went to my doctor get blood work done, my cholesterol had dropped to 202, without taking statin drugs. My doctor used the word "phenomenal". He also said I could begin weaning off of my blood pressure meds. I was able to cut the dosage in half successfully.

It was easy for me to give up meat, eggs, cow's milk, and many dairy-based foods such as mayonnaise, sour cream, and salad dressings with those types of ingredients. I have not been able to completely let go of cheese yet, but I have cut way down on my cheese intake. I mostly make my own food at home, and it's completely plant-based when I do. I have also cut back on the processed foods, but do sometimes reach for them when I am crunched for time; however I look for plant-based processed foods with few ingredients. I also sometimes have desserts that may contain eggs and milk, but I am not much of a sweet-eater so that is not too often. Still working on it. Progress, right? :)

My friends and family have been completely supportive of me, and I am grateful for it. They even partake in the plant-based meals I make, make meals for me, or go to vegetarian/vegan restaurants with me. My husband is a die-hard meat eater, which means we eat two separate dishes for meals, but he respects and supports my dietary choices because he wants me healthy and happy.

In August of 2014 I went for my checkup and had a clean bill of health. My cholesterol is even better (below 200 now!), the good cholesterol is up a bit (which is what the doc wanted to see), vitamin D levels are up, and all of the rest of the numbers from my blood test look super. He was a bit concerned that because I was mostly plant-based that I may be eating too many carbs, but he said based on my blood work I am doing a great job with my diet and to keep it up. I need to exercise a bit more, but I knew that and will try to focus on it. Other than that...all is great! And once I have a regular exercise routine going, my doctor said I can begin to wean off of my blood pressure medication completely!

These positive changes in my health happened when I made a conscious effort to change my diet. In 2012, I was looking down the barrel of having to start taking statin drugs, and there was no possibility at that time to get off of my blood pressure meds. Now that has changed because of my (mostly) plant-based eating. I highly recommend looking into Happy Herbivore's ideas for health and eating. It helped me change my view of food, how to prepare food, and to become healthier and feel great.

Thank you Stevi for sharing your story with us!