Happy Herbivore Blog

You Gotta Have Passion

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Business101

I get a lot of emails asking for tips how to get published, get a book deal, make a living at being a blogger, or a recipe maker, or something like Happy Herbivore.

My advice, above all else, is that, it has to be about passion. You have to do what you do because you'd do it even if you never made a single penny (and in the book business, you make pennies).

I'm not in it for fame or fortune. I just want to help people live better, eat healthier, save the planet, save the animals... knowing I help even one person make a positive change is all the payback I need... I've always say that if I do hit it big, I'll give it all back -- to charity programs and nonprofits that will help educate people, promote eating plant-based diets, help the sick heal with food...

One of my "heroes" (Derek Sivers) made millions developing a CD store online (before itunes)...and gave ALL his money back to music/musician funds... I aspire to be that awesome.

With my necklace project (that wrapped this morning! woohoo!) I'm not taking anything -- it's all going to the elephants. I saw an opportunity to use my voice to make a difference, to help you make a difference, and a difference we are making. Over $8.000 was raised for the elephants!!

This week has been an exciting week all around: Over the weekend my book hit #1 on the Low Fat list on Amazon and it held steady there. It even went down to #312 in *all* books at it's peak thanks to the CNN episode...

and while yes, my book selling like hot cakes and selling out (again) is absolutely amazing -- it really does give me a sense of accomplishment, a pat on the back for all my hard work, but the real reason I'm excited is knowing that, potentially, all these people who bought my book, their lives are going to change. The change might be small, but all change matters. All efforts matter. Positive change is positive change.

If I sold 500 books, that's potentially 500 lives that might change for the better. If each one of them tells a friend, and that friend also makes a positive change, thats 1,000 lives that might change.

That's what excites me. That the message is getting out there. That people will see that eating a healthy, plant-based diet all of the time, or even some of the time, is easy, affordable, practical and delicious.

My success-- I attribute it to all of you. Thank you for your support. Thank you for helping me and above all -- thank you for making a positive change! You are all perfect, just as you are.

Thank you.

Celebrating the Biscuit

Posted by: Andrea Dermos |

Category: Holiday

September 1st is my new favorite holiday. What holiday is that, you ask? The first day of National Biscuit Month, of course! What? You aren't enamored with biscuits? I've never visited anywhere more South than Chicago (and that's not very South at all!) but I have a romanticized idea that in the South everything is comfy, cozy, and warm. And people sit down to warm family dinners that always include piping hot biscuits..and there's a fire place. Don't make fun of me. I can dream. ;]

When HH asked me to write a post about biscuits..I sort of had to jump at the chance, and then realized other people might not understand why I find them so fun to make. Aside from silly hopeless romantic notions about them, biscuit making is dirty. You have to get your hands into the dough, you can use a fancy tool to 'cut the fat' into it, but I wouldn't! You can make easy drop biscuits that taste just as delicious, or you can put a little love into it and roll the dough out and cut perfect circles that puff up a little when you bake them so you can pull them apart and put jam or agave right in the middle. Honestly, is there anything more comforting? I don't think so.

Luckily, HH has made it possible to enjoy biscuits without eating a ton of fat. Whether she wants to admit it or not, HH has just as much of a relationship with biscuits as I do- they're her husband's favorite food! I think that might be why she has so many recipes for them ;) She has Applesauce Biscuits, Maple Cornmeal Biscuits, Southern Style Biscuits, Raisin Biscuits, and Sweet Potato Biscuits

And here's how we celebrated yesterday, a little early- I just couldn't wait! We made 'egg' sandwiches on biscuits, using HH's Nomelette (p. 17) and Biscuits (p. 38) from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook.  And a little spinach to get some greens in, of course.

I hope you all celebrate biscuit month! I know I'll take any excuse to make biscuits. :) 

Vegan Pizza Night

Posted by: Andrea Dermos |

Category: Holiday

Last night on Facebook a fan let us in on their favorite 'fast' food- Dominos cheeseless pizza with our pizza sauce from The Happy Herbivore Cookbook (p. 242) slathered on top! Ever since we saw the post, we've had pizza on the brain so tonight's dinner was a pizza party!

Our pizza was topped with sauce,cheese, fresh basil, tomatoes, green olives and green peppers on a whole wheat pizza crust. You can buy one or make your own with HH's recipe for whole wheat pizza dough.  This is a great way to get your vegetables in at dinner without it seeming like a chore- and you can use whatever vegetables you have hanging out in the fridge! 

What's your favorite pizza topping? In New York, HH and I had a favorite vegan friendly pizza shop that made a hummus, olive and onion pizza that was bangin!