Happy Herbivore Blog

HH turns 4! and a short history

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

Happy Herbivore turned 4 in October and looking back to the beginning I can't believe it's been four years. (In fact, I'm in such denial that it wasn't until I wrote this post that I realized HH was 4 and not 3!).

For those readers who've been with Happy Herbivore since the beginning (Hi Courtney!) and those who are finding Happy Herbivore for the very first time today---hello, welcome and thank you! 

I can't begin to express how Happy Herbivore has changed my life or how grateful I am to everyone who has ever visited this website. A thousand thank you's is not nearly enough.

Now...for the story of how Happy Herbivore came to be:

It was October 2006. I had been a vegan for less than a year and was in my final year of law school. Shortly after I went vegan Scott came home with a copy of Vegan with a Vengeance, the only vegan cookbook at our local bookstore. We'd tried several recipes, and liked them, but with our schedule and budget, we found ourselves eating a lot of convenience vegan foods like boca burgers and pasta.

It had worked beautifully, but as I started learning more about food and nutrition (something that only became an interest of mine after I went vegan) I wanted healthier, fresher and low fat options. When the bookstore failed me, I turned to the Internet. 

In my searching I came across VeganDad's blog. Back then he was posting what he and his family ate every night for dinner and I thought, I should do that! I figured it would be helpful to keep a log of our attempts at a wholesome low-fat vegan diet. 

For the first few weeks I blogged about recipes we adapted and eventually recipes I started creating on the fly for dinner (for the record, some were total misses!) I also became friends with VeganDad (we are still good friends if you're wondering) and social with few other vegan bloggers (like Chocolate Covered Katie -- who is still a pal and Ricki of Diet, Dessert & Dogs who I met last week in person!!). 

Slowly but surely people starting finding Happy Herbivore and I remember how cool and special I felt any time someone left a comment. (Okay so I still feel this way! Comments are like virtual hugs and I'm needy!)

A few months later I graduated from law school (May 2007) and a few months after that we moved to Los Angeles (January 2008). Happy Herbivore moved too, from happyherbivore.blogspot.com -- to happyherbivore.com. Moving to the .com also reshaped my blog. It was no-longer a blog of my culinary trists each day but a blog of my recipes with the occasional picture show of our life in LA.

Then when we left LA for New York City a year and a half later (July 2009), I decided to quit my "day job" as a lawyer and focus on Happy Herbivore. I decided I wanted to do what it was that I loved (cooking!) even if it meant a much smaller paycheck...  

A few months later I realized I'd made the right decision when I landed a cookbook deal. Right around HH's third birthday (October 2009) I announced I'd be writing my first cookbook, The Happy Herbivore Cookbook and some of my recipes appeared in Vegetarian Times a few months later (Jan 2010). Maybe somewhere in the back of my mind I thought my blog might one day turn into a cookbook or a career--but probably not. and I'm still shocked about my "success."

I'm frequently asked when Happy Herbivore was "discovered" how did I "make it" -- and the truth is I'm still in shocked to hell that anyone reads my blog at all, let alone tries my recipes! The best I can offer is that Happy Herbivore grew organically by word of mouth. This is why I am so emotional about my fans and supporters--because I literally would not be where I am today without them.  I can't begin to convey how much I appreciate all of you. I've never lost sight of the fact that I would not be where I am today without the love, encouragement and support from HH's fans.

Finding a new career path, of course, is only part of the story. I have also made friends through HH...Friendships that have profoundly impacted my life. I never would have thought a blog, or the Internet, could have brought me so much love and joy---but it has and in ways I never imagined or thought possible. Some of my closest friends are people I met through Happy Herbivore---and I can't image my life without them (Gena, Carrie, Katherine, Mindy, Janessa, Nick, Jenni, Ashley, Gin, Helena & my NYC vegan ladies-- just to name a few).

My mission with Happy Herbivore has been to show that healthy eating is affordable and delicious--and I thank you for allowing me this opportunity--thank you for inviting me into your kitchen and thank you for enriching my life.

Calling all bloggers!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Press

Are YOU a blogger? Have you blogged about a Happy Herbivore recipe?

If so, leave a direct link to the post or posts in the comments to be included in an upcoming Happy Herbivore anniversary blog post.

Also, if you are not a blogger, but you would like to say something about your favorite Happy Herbivore recipe... or submit a photo of your favorite Happy Herbivore recipe, please do so! 

Ingredient Bucket List

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

For the past few months I've been hosting "Make-It-Work Wednesday" on HH's Facebook page. Each Wednesday I post two fresh ingredients (i.e. potatoes and spinach) and the challenge is to come up with a recipe or meal idea that uses those ingredients, and no other ingredients, except staples like spices, bread, nondairy milk and the like.

It's been a great way to test our culinary creativity, inspire each other and learn how to "cook on the fly" when your fridge and pantry are empty.

For this M-I-W Wednesday, I'm extending the challenge to my blog in hopes you can help me come up with delicious ways to use up the last of the ingredients lingering in my pantry.

 Normally I'd box everything up and take it to our next home, but since all of our belongings will be in storage for the next year, it makes sense to use them rather than let them age.

Ingredient Bucket List:

  1. mung beans
  2. amaranth
  3. oats (all types)
  4. kidney beans
  5. chickpeas
  6. pinto beans
  7. chia seeds
  8. green lentils
  9. wild rice
  10. bulgar wheat
  11. barley
  12. coconut milk
  13. tomato sauce
  14. diced tomatoes

So there you have it! Make-It-Work...and if I try your recipe or idea, I'll be sure to blog about it!