Happy Herbivore Blog

Thank you, Herbies!

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: News

In my anniversary post I touched on how Happy Herbivore would not be where it was today without you -- without the support and press of bloggers, friends and fans of Happy Herbivore. I am so grateful for your efforts and today I'm sharing a few blog posts about HH recipes written by HH's fan... enjoy!

Keri at I Eat Trees made HH's brown rice pudding (that is her awesome picture) and HH's zucchini muffins (we all need more zucchini in our life!). Plus, Lindsey of Eat Read Run also rocked the pudding! 

Ms. Sarah at See Sarah Eat rocked HH's meatloaf (and her photog makes me wish I wasn't allergic to broccoli!) while Gabrielle at Oh Just Gabbin' made HH's mac n' cheese gluten-free! 

Next, my girl Megan (Sweeton) of Sweet On made HH's single-serving brownie (and her pic makes me want one....NOW!) while my good friend Danielle of It Starts with Me inspired us with HH's Apple Crisp Muffins during her plastic-free week!

Then Kendel of Eating Abroad adapted one of my fave recipes: HH's Chocolate Zucchini Muffins (doesn't her picture make you want to lick the computer screen) and  Mary of Risen Loaf/Rooted Faith turned HH's famed black bean brownies into a pie! 

and still more delicious food porn and black bean brownie love from Katey of Bonne Sante and Tyffanie of La Chilenguita.

Plus Anu of Baking Adventures of Vicki and Maiis making me hungry for HH's cheesecake while Emily of AnEmily's Vegan Adventure makes me want to whip up another personal fave:  HH's teriyaki chickpeas!

Still more tasty StephORama of Veg Fort Worth baked up a batch of HH's cinnamon buns and Steffers of Thoughts of Life and Dark Chocolate admits to being addicted to HH's Red Lentil Dal! 

Lastly, J & J of Sketch Free Vegan added a pear-spin on HH's blueberry oatmeal muffins while Sarah S. of Ordinary Vegetarian rocked HH's quiche (pictured).

Memorable HH Recipes

Posted by: Lindsay S. Nixon |

Category: Holiday

In light of HH's 4th Birthday, this week's Top 10 Tuesday names the recipes I'm most sentimental about...and why!

1. Blueberry Crisp - this was one of my earliest published recipes and it's still a fave!

2. Chickpea Tacos - my first invention! I remember the night I created this recipe. I was starving and the only thing I had on hand was a can of chickpeas and taco shells. Add homemade taco seasoning and voila! Who knew chickpea tacos could be so awesome?

3. Red Lentil Dal - my first experience with preparing Indian food. Right after we moved to Los Angeles, we found a vegan Indian restaurant near our apartment. It was the first time I'd ever had Indian food and I was in love at first bite. The restaurant also had a small store where I picked up a bag of tiny red things called lentils. I had no idea what they were at the time, but I was eager to experiment with them...they were just so cute and red... The result? Wow. Red Lentil Dal, where have you been all my life?

4. Carrot Cake Cupcakes - Never underestimate my love for carrot cake! I created these cupcakes (my first wholesome, fat-free dessert) for my first veganniversary...just a few months after Happy Herbivore was born!

5. Black Bean Brownies - the day I posted this recipe, I half expected everyone to shudder in horror. I had no idea these brownies would take over the Internet by storm! To this day, this is my most searched for and visited recipe here on happyherbivore.com!

6. Sweet Potato Muffins - a lesson that sometimes a wild idea ends up most delicious!

7. Teriyaki Chickpeas - another 'invention' and perhaps the recipe I am most proud of. (It's also in my top 5 of all time!)

8. Butter Bean Cookies - I put beans in cookies. 'Nuff said.

9. Vegetarian Delight - the first vegan meal I served to skeptical omni's. It was a huge success!

10. Cinnamon Buns - my first dreamer recipe. I woke up one morning hungry for a cinnamon bun and wondering if I could make one that's vegan, fat-free and whole-wheat... well, lets just say this recipe dared me to dream big! 

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.